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Langdon inducted into Federated Vendor Hall of Fame

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(Federated Auto Parts photo) Bo Fisher (left), chairman of Federated Auto Parts, presents a plaque to Federated Vendor Hall of Fame recipient Dan Langdon, president of East Penn Manufacturing Co.

STAUNTON, Va. (June 23, 2014) — Dan Langdon, president of East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc., maker of Deka batteries, has been inducted into the Federated Auto Parts Vendor Hall of Fame.

“Dan Langdon has been a dedicated partner to the Federated organization for many years and it is only fitting that he be inducted into the Federated Vendor Hall of Fame,” said Larry Pavey, president of Federated Auto Parts. “The vendor hall of fame recognizes individuals who go above and beyond their normal duties to personally help our group improve and thrive. Dan has displayed a real commitment to helping the Federated membership succeed and we congratulate him on this special recognition.”

As East Penn president, Mr. Langdon oversees the daily sales, marketing and financial functions of the privately held company that operates the largest, single-site lead-acid battery facility in the world, according to Federated. East Penn has more than 8,000 employees globally and 90 warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Federated said that since assuming the role of president in 1994, Mr. Langdon “has upheld a long-standing, deeply enriched company culture of intrinsic quality, organization-wide integrity, innovative sustainability, industry leadership and community outreach.”

The Federated Vendor Hall of Fame recognizes one individual each year who demonstrates dedication to excellence, helping make a difference for Federated and its members. A list of recent inductees is on Federated’s website.

In unrelated news about East Penn, a report over the weekend by Reading Eagle Co.’s said the chief executive officer of East Penn Manufacturing was killed the morning of June 20 when she was struck by a vehicle while jogging along Boyer Road in Pike Township, according to state police. Sally Miksiewicz, 52, of Pike Township, was struck at 7:27 a.m. by an eastbound vehicle, troopers said.

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