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PHOTO GALLERY: Crayola President and CEO Speaks at LVEDC Fall Signature Event

By Colin McEvoy on December 27, 2016

Earlier this month, Crayola President and CEO Smith Holland discussed why manufacturing in the Lehigh Valley is “the best thing for our business,” and why the region’s central location, transportation infrastructure, and strong workforce give the company a strategic advantage over its competitors.

Those remarks came during the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) Fall Signature Event, which each year spotlights an important existing company in the region that exemplifies a particular industry. In this case it was manufacturing, which is now the largest sub-sector of the Lehigh Valley economy.

Photos are now available from the LVEDC Fall Signature Event, which was held at the Crayola Experience in Easton and attended by more than 150 people. A gallery of the photos, which were taken by Marco Calderon, can be found below:

Click here to read our full story about the LVEDC Fall Signature Event and Smith Holland’s remarks.

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