The founder and chairman emeritus of lead-acid battery company East Penn Manufacturing, DeLight Breidegam Jr., has died.
The 88-year-old founded the company, alongside his father, in 1946 before building it into one of the world’s leading lead-acid battery manufacturers.
The business began after Breidegam left the US Air Force following World War II and began rebuilding old batteries in a one-room creamery in Bowers, Berks County.
An East Penn statement read: “He laid the foundational groundwork that has made East Penn the company that it is today.
"There's no doubt that he will be deeply missed, but his legacy continues to live on. In the areas we work, in the products we make, and the customers we serve, East Penn will continue to honor DeLight by being committed to his dream and inspired by his vision."
The death was announced in a statement released on September 9 by East Penn CEO Daniel R. Langdon. Details of his death have not been released.
Mark Thorsby, executive vice president of Battery Council International, said: “He was tough minded, warm hearted, and unknowingly self-effacing— a unique trifecta of character traits. There are literally tens of thousands of people who are better today because they knew DeLight.
“No one in the world had a greater impact on energy storage in the last half of the twentieth century than DeLight Breidegam."
He added: “On behalf of the worldwide energy storage and lead battery industry, I extend our deepest sympathy to his family.”
Services for Breidegam Jr will be held on September 20 in O'Pake Field House at Kutztown University.
Breidegam Jr’s death comes just 15 months after his daughter Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, East Penn’s CEO, died after being hit by a truck on June 20.
Earlier this year Battery Council International announced the launch of the inaugural Sally Miksiewicz innovation award, which will be presented at the next BCI annual meeting in 2016.
North American lead-acid battery firm East Penn Manufacturing has announced a number of promotions within its manufacturing organisational structure.
Among the shake-up of management positions was Lawrence Miksiewicz, who is now senior vice president of Manufacturing & Purchasing at the Pennsylvanian firm.
East Penn has launched a new website to give users easy access to the company’s products and services.
The website focuses on the Pennsylvania-based lead-acid battery maker's business divisions and product information. The four business divisions: transportation, motive power, reserve power and batteries accessories wires and cables, are segmented in order to give users access to market specific information, product offerings, distribution capabilities, new technologies, and product specific branding.
Battery maker East Penn Manufacturing has named Dan Langdon as new CEO after former CEO Sally Miksiewicz was killed in a car accident in June.
Dan Langdon joined East Penn as controller in 1986 and served as president of the company since 1994. Christopher Pruitt will take on Langdon’s position as president of automotive sales, finance and administrative areas. Miksiewicz’s brother, Dan Breidegam, will serve as chairman.
The driver who hit and killed East Penn CEO Sally Miksiewicz in a car accident in June was driving under the influence of drugs, according to investigators.
Mark Miller, 56, was intoxicated on prescription and illegal drugs and drove more than twice the speed limit on a narrow country road in Pennsylvania, US, when he hit jogging Miksiewicz with his pickup truck on June 20, said state police.
Sally Miksiewicz, CEO of East Penn Manufacturing, was killed on June 20 while jogging near her home.
At around 7.27a.m, Miksiewicz, 52, was hit by a pick-up truck in Richmond Township, not far from her home in Pike Township, Pennsylvania. "She was either walking or jogging," according the county coroner. "Her normal routine was to jog."