VEKA North America President Receives EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

June 22, 2015 by VEKA Inc

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders. Each spring, through Ernst & Young, the business community comes together to celebrate regional semifinalists, finalists and winners. These honorees not only create and build market-leading businesses, but also help take the standard of excellence to new heights, transform the face of industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of communities.

Recognizing VEKA North America's strong growth, investment and job creation over the past 5 years, President and CEO Joe Peilert, was named EY's Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year for Western PA and WV.

As the VEKA group owners, the Laumann and Hartleif families have stood behind the American business every step of the way during the difficult recession years and the collapse of the housing market. VEKA's success in emerging faster than the competition out of the recession is rooted in its Partner of Choice philosophy. Peilert states "If you start with the premise that the three main company stakeholder groups - customers, employees and our shareholder family - all have choices of who they can work with, you develop strategies that ensure their long term success. The goal is to pass not just a bigger but also a stronger business on to the next owner generation.

Strengths come from the relationships that we build with these three groups. This philosophy fundamentally differentiates us from many of our competitors who are focusing only on how the next quarter looks."

In his comments during the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Gala, Peilert stressed that the commitment and experience of VEKA employees is special. “Our know-how makes us an industry leader. Beyond our quality, unique business development strategies like our service platform, VEKA Essentials™, have allowed us to become the Partner of Choice for our customers.

In closing, Mr. Peilert commented "Having been nominated by my own team was a wonderful recognition for the things we have been able to achieve over the past years. Actually winning was an unexpected and humbling surprise considering how many great entrepreneurs can be found in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia."

VEKA is a world leader in PVC extrusion technology with 18 plants worldwide and is headquartered in Sendenhorst, Germany. VEKA Inc., based in Fombell, Pennsylvania, is corporate headquarters for North America and heads up three manufacturing facilities as well as various product divisions.

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