VEKA North America president and CEO Joe Peilert was recently named Ernst & Young’s Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year for western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In his comments during the EY Entrepreneur of the Year gala, Peilert stressed the importance of VEKA’s employees to the company’s success.

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

VEKA specializes in PVC extrusion with 18 plants worldwide and is headquartered in Sendenhorst, Germany. VEKA Inc., based in Fombell, Pa., is the corporate headquarters for North America. It heads up three manufacturing facilities as well as various product divisions.

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