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[June 20, 2014]
East Penn Manufacturing CEO killed while jogging [The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) :: ]
(Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 20--The CEO of East Penn Manufacturing, one of Berks County's largest employers, was killed Friday morning while out for a jog near her home in Oley Township.
Sally Miksiewicz, 52, was struck by a vehicle headed east on Boyer Road in Pike Township, said Deputy Berks County Coroner Ken Moyer. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:37 a.m.
"She was either walking or jogging," Moyer said. "Her normal routine was to jog." A Moravian College graduate with three decades of experience in her family's battery manufacturing business, Miksiewicz, daughter of chairman and company founder DeLight E. Breidegam Jr., was named to the newly created position of CEO in 2009. She was also vice chairman of the company.
Founded in 1946, the company's global headquarters is located in Lyons Station. It makes thousands of different sizes and types of lead-acid batteries which its sells under the Deka brand, battery accessories, and wire and cable products.
Last year, state officials said a $50 million expansion at the company would add 400 jobs at the Berks County campus by 2016, bringing total employment at the site to 5,900, and 6,400 statewide.
East Penn Manufacturing issued a statement saying that the company was "deeply saddened" to announce Miksiewicz's death.
"Her dedication and inspiration to the company for over 30 years has been an important part of the company's growth and success. Her passion for the business created new innovations for the future. East Penn will continue to honor Sally by being committed to her vision." Pennsylvania State Police have not released information on the incident.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene. An autopsy will be performed Monday morning, he said.
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