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Daniel Langdon ’73, CEO of East Penn Manufacturing of Lyon Station, Pa., will discuss how integrity promotes corporate success at a presentation to be held at Lycoming College on March 31 at 7 p.m. The free presentation is open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets.
In his presentation, “Integrity, the cornerstone of sustained corporate success,” Langdon recounts how integrity plays a foundational role with his company’s deeply enriched culture, and supports other values of intrinsic quality, innovative sustainability, industry leadership and community outreach. Most essential to this culture is a cohesive family of co-workers and an accomplished executive team that promote this culture that has allowed the company to flourish and grow. East Penn Manufacturing has been named one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania for 14 consecutive years.
East Penn is a privately-held company that operates the largest, single site lead-acid battery facility in the world. With more than 8,000 employees globally and over 85 warehouses and distribution centers across North America, the company has experienced remarkable growth, doubling to a 2-billion dollar a year enterprise in the past five years.
After obtaining his CPA certification, Langdon joined four other partners in 1979 to form Reinsel & Company CPAs, and served as the firm’s initial Accounting and Auditing partner. The firm’s first large customer was founder and chairman of East Penn, DeLight Breidegam, who eventually asked Langdon to work for him. Langdon became president of East Penn in 1994 and CEO in 2014.
Langdon has played an instrumental role in the battery industry on a national and international level. He is the past president of Battery Council International and has served on its board of directors for many years. He is also on the board of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association serving the North American aftermarket supplier industry. In 2014, he was recognized by Northwood University as an Outstanding Business Leader serving in an exemplary role model for promising business students. Langdon is a 1973 graduate of Lycoming College and has been a member of the college’s board of trustees for 11 years.
The lecture is part of the James W. Harding Executive Speaker Series that provides students with the opportunity to meet and network with top business executives from internationally-recognized companies. The series is funded by a grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation. Harding, a 1938 graduate of Lycoming and native of Montoursville, Pa., was an executive with the Kemper Insurance company.