Local Manufacturers in Berks County

Due to its strategic location, supportive business network, and diverse workforce, Greater Reading offers a homebase for manufacturing companies, both big and small and in a range of industries. Many of these companies joined the Next Gen Industry Partnership for Advanced Manufacturing in order to have access to invaluable tips and resources.

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Ashley Furniture

From the design board to the customer’s door, Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. strives to build great furniture and meaningful relationships among community and team members. As the world’s largest furniture manufacturing company, one of America’s Best Employers (Forbes 2017), and a member of the Next Gen Industry Partnership, Ashley offers a wide range of career paths for team members, from design to distribution.

Fidelity Technologies Corporation

Fidelity Technologies Corporation offers a supportive, team-oriented environment focused on driving innovation and personnel success at work and home. As part of the Next Gen Community of Practice, Fidelity provides a high-quality work environment that promotes ethical practices, open communication, respect, motivation, and teamwork. Employees have access to various exciting and rewarding fields, including engineering, pilot instruction, managerial, administrative, security, machining positions, and much more. For more about Fidelity Technologies, visit their site and find Fidelity on Facebook.


First Energy is partnering with Next Gen IP to strengthen the community, protect the environment, and improve quality of life for customers and staff. FirstEnergy knows that employees power the company, and staff leadership, diversity, skills, and character have helped FirstEnergy become a successful Fortune 300 company. Be part of the next generation of electric utility professionals in positions ranging from distribution and analysis to engineering and construction. Find out more about their commitment to community service and stay up to date with job openings on the Facebook careers page.

Sweet Street

As the leading innovator in the dessert industry, Sweet Street believes desserts open doors, hearts, and connections. Although Sweet Street is a global company, local branches remain centered on community. A passion for artistic food and dedication to top quality has driven Sweet Street to eliminate artificial ingredients and adopt only natural ingredients. Sweet Street is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise and Next Gen partner. Find challenging and creative career opportunities in production, finances, marketing, and more at Sweet Street.

TAB Industries LLC

TAB Industries is taking the packaging world by storm using advanced technology and the latest equipment, with innovative processes like the TAB Wrapper Tornado and Smart Controls stretch film machinery. The family-owned and operated metalworking manufacturer has partnered with Next Gen IP to grow their team of dedicated employees in manufacturing careers from warehousing and fabrication to transportation.

Unique Pretzels

A truly unique company, the Spannuth family legacy of pretzel innovation dates back to 1755, with Hermann Spannuth’s creation of the first soft pretzel as a soothing remedy for baby Johann’s teething pain. Today, the Spannuths operate Unique Pretzels with the same creativity and insight that led Hermann to develop this popular snack. Unique Pretzels invites new employees to join a family tradition of quality and innovation along with a comprehensive benefits package, competitive wages, and other tasty perks. Visit their site to find the latest job openings.

K & L Woodworking, Inc.

K&L Woodworking, Inc. has been creating custom architectural millwork for commercial and high-end residential customers along the east coast since 1973. An expert team provides exceptional service and one-of-a-kind products from molding and cabinetry to bar rails in laminate and solid surface materials. K & L offers positions in installation, manufacturing, millwork, sales, CAD, and more. Go to their site to learn more about the company and careers at K & L Woodworking.

American Crane

American Crane is a leading manufacturer of cranes, hoists, and other material handling equipment. As a member of the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA) and a member in Next Gen IP, a career at American Crane offers a rich vision of GRIT: Perseverance, Heart & Integrity.

“The Next Gen IP has been integral to our survival during the storms of the pandemic as well an opportunity to learn best practices and tips for with common industry challenges such as talent, technology and business operations.” Karen Norheim, President & COO, said.

Join the American Crane team and get generous benefits, a supportive atmosphere, and work/life balance as a service technician, structural engineer, project manager, welder, mechanic, and more. Learn more and follow American Crane on Facebook for the latest company updates.


Gage Personnel can help you find an exciting career in fields ranging from production to accounting and customer service to mechanics if you're looking for a change. As a Next Gen partner, Gage is committed to helping future employees find meaningful and rewarding work.

“The Next Gen Industry Partnership has been instrumental in strengthening our community as we continue to align our workforce and economic development efforts. With a strong group of leaders and businesses working together to champion a list of top priorities, we are building a stronger and more successful industry outlook for Greater Reading,” Kristi Gage-Linderman, Chair, Berks County Workforce Development Board, and COO, Gage Personnel, said.

Rainbow Rubber and Plastics, Inc.

Rainbow Rubber and Plastics, Inc. has been playing a large role in helping other manufacturing companies get the equipment they need to run efficiently for over the past 50 years.

The sales and distribution organization, which is located in Reading, PA, specializes in serving industrial markets in Canada and the United States with specialty belting, conveyors, conveyor belting, and rubber and plastic products. Rainbow Rubber and Plastics, Inc. offers products for a variety of industries, including food processing, solar and glass, woodworking, shipping, and much more. Whether you're looking for capper belts, spinning belts, or another related product, Rubber and Plastics, Inc.'s team of experts will help solve your in-plant problem and get you what you need to keep your production and operations moving as normal.

The next time your manufacturing company is in need of Truly Endless belt technology, think of Rubber and Plastics, Inc. and their industrial solutions.

Carbonlite Recycling

Carbonlite Recycling is a leader in bottle-to-bottle recycling and the world’s largest food-grade Post-Consumer Recycled PET producer. At Carbonlite, employees use state-of-the-art facilities, technologies, and equipment to preserve natural resources and reduce carbon footprint.

“I moved to the Berks area to work back in 2018 and it has been such a positive transfer at every step of that way. Chamber welcomed my talent and ideas since day 1 not only providing support and local connection to key organizations, but has also allowed me to join many of the programs that positively impact the area and work, in a team environment. I joined the IP team and have received so much support and ability to share my creativity freely and openly. COVID was a very challenging time, however through the IP team I received tremendous support and very valuable information through all transitions. It is important to recognize the talent that surrounds us, but to allow a space to work together is very forward thinking. Kudos and I consider myself very fortunate,” Dayana Blandon, Human Resources Manager, said.

Carbonlite Recycling is currently developing on-site Youth Education Programs, which will offer facility tours for school groups. Offering competitive wages, great benefits, and an opportunity to improve the planet and community, Carbonlite is always looking for talented team members.

Sterling Modular Studio Furniture

All music professionals who work in recording/tracking, mixing and mastering, and broadcasting know the importance of high-quality studio furniture. Since 1991, Sterling Modular Studio Furniture has been meeting needs and exceeding expectations with the furniture their in-house craftsmen produce. The high-end custom and configurable options are made with the best available materials, methods, and hardware to help professionals in the music industry improve the functionality of their studios.

“These are the five key ingredients in our design concept: acoustic transparency, ergonomics, cable management, heat dissipation, and, of course, beauty. Using these main design criteria, your furniture will not work against technological advancements or room sizes, or the way you work your magic in the studio. It will work in concert with these criteria.,” their site said.

Sterling Modular Studio Furniture, located in Boyertown, PA, welcomes new projects. Contact them for your audio recording and broadcast furniture needs.

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