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Ben Franklin and His Crazy Socks

In In the News, RADIUS on May 23, 2017 at 9:17 am

 

 

In March, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania announced their winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards, naming RADIUS the victor of the Innovative Application of Technology category.

The Innovative Application of Technology award highlights a company that strongly demonstrates a “break-the-mold” approach to integrating new or existing technology into its business. Ben Franklin recently published an award press release with the following company description explaining why RADIUS was honored with the Innovative Application of Technology award.

RADIUS designs and manufactures premium personal care products including eco-friendly toothbrushes, molded travel cases, dental floss, and organic toothpastes. The completely solar-powered, certified woman-owned company is committed to ongoing R&D to identify innovative and sustainable manufacturing approaches to make everyday products distinctive. Its Source Toothbrush uses replacement head technology with a handle made from recycled dollar bills, paper, and wood, reducing waste by 93%. Through Ben Franklin funding and connections, RADIUS received marketing and strategy support, teamed with the Plastics Manufacturing Center at Penn College to address a breakage problem with toothbrushes, and more recently worked with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center on facility optimization. Since last year, RADIUS has increased employment from 30 to 35 and in the past five years’ company revenue has increased by 3½ times. RADIUS will soon purchase, renovate, and relocate into a larger building to respond to burgeoning demand.

The purposes of the innovation awards are to recognize winners for their success and achievement, to highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program, and to inform entrepreneurs and established manufacturers about the resources that are available to them in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Awards were presented to seven recipients, companies or individuals who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, have helped others to achieve success, or have improved their businesses through innovation. Each award recipient exemplifies outstanding achievement in that category.

Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

Winners were honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA.

RADIUS President and CEO, Saskia Foley, accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

The award presentation was followed by a keynote presentation by Dustin Garis focusing on Disruptive Innovation. Preceded by a surprise (and rather impressive) break dancing performance, Dustin – who after graduating college, decided to turned down multiple job offers and travel the world instead – encouraged guests to break of out their routines to stimulate innovation. Dustin pointed out that autopilot doesn’t inspire creativity, which is an interesting idea considering 90% of our daily activity is exactly the same every day. Dustin told guests to rebel and break the mold and one small way to “revolt against routine” was to wear crazy socks. Ben Franklin staff, award winners, and other guests were encouraged to wear the craziest socks they could find to the iXchange event. Wearing a dress? Who cares? Wear those crazy socks with heels and pride. Revolt against the routine.

RADIUS Founder, Kevin Foley, and his daughter and RADIUS President/CEO, Saskia Foley, after accepting the Innovative Application of Technology award. Photo credit: Ryan Hulvat

 

Celebrating Girl Power at the 2017 Women of Influence Award

In In the News, RADIUS on May 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

 

 

Today we celebrated 28 women of the Greater Lehigh Valley who were honored for their experience, integrity, leadership and accomplishments at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence Awards. RADIUS’ very own President and CEO was one of the women honored and we couldn’t be prouder. Saskia was chosen as an award winner and was recognized for her influence in her company, industry, and community.

The fifth annual Women of Influence luncheon and awards ceremony  was held at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

So let’s hear it for the girls, yea?

RADIUS Receives Presidential Award for Export Successes

In In the News, RADIUS on May 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

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Kutztown, PA — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented RADIUS Corporation with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

 “RADIUS has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with RADIUS’ innovative dental hygiene products. The company’s pursuit of export markets as the key to its business growth was also particularly notable. RADIUS’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

RADIUS, established in 1983, is a certified women-owned consumer products company. It is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of specialty toothbrushes, toothpastes, and complementary personal care products, including travel cases and dental floss. RADIUS is a leader in the natural products industry in personal care and is renowned for its combination of innovative designs, premium materials, and eco-conscious manufacturing that redefines ordinary personal care products with the goal of enhancing the quality and enjoyment of everyday routines.

Today RADIUS is proud to be one of the only toothbrush manufacturers still operating in the United States that still manufacturers on its own injection molding and bristling machines. RADIUS is now certified women-owned and completely vertically integrated; designing, manufacturing, and inspecting all of its products by hand. RADIUS operates and manufactures in a restored feed mill in Kutztown, PA on solar powered machines. Parallel goals of promoting energy-efficient manufacturing and a focus on a clean and cutting-edge design presence sets RADIUS apart from the rest.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presents RADIUS CEO and President Saskia Foley with the President’s “E” Award in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

“RADIUS is incredibly proud and honored to receive the President’s E-award for excellence and stewardship of exporting to other regions around the world. RADIUS was the only company in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious award and is excited to have been recognized as one of a select number of companies truly impacting and growing the American economy with the export of its quality products. In an era of massive imports into the United States, RADIUS believes supporting America’s export economy is an incredibly important aspect of its business structure and will continue to grow in this area for years to come. The continued efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commercial Service to aid American-made small businesses like RADIUS in exporting goods and services ab road and to create new trade agreements in an attempt to help sustain economic growth in exports is one example of what makes America great and we feel the support to the core of our business. We know we have support and that the more we export, the more jobs and skills it will bring to our local community and to USA overall. RADIUS has seen incredible exponential growth in its export channel and we truly believe that this is the way of the future. We believe that “made in the USA” is a true asset and the quality, uniqueness of design and craftsmanship of our products should be accessible to customers around the globe. We will continue on our mission to attain that goal,” CEO and President, Saskia Foley said.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries.  Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the audience during the President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

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The President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

 

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The President’s “E” Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on May 16, 2016

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

RADIUS is Named the Best Manual Toothbrush for 2016

In In the News, RADIUS on December 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

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RADIUS is proud to announce that our Source Toothbrush was named the Best Manual Toothbrush by Ask The Dentist Best Dental Buys 2016!

RADIUS and the other winning products were judged based on the following criteria: Performance, Safety, Availability, Good Human Citizen, and Value.

Take a look to see how our Source and all of the other winners were rated!

 

 

RADIUS Wins the Governor’s Export ImPAct Award!

In In the News, RADIUS on May 29, 2015 at 3:07 pm

That’s right! We won!

RADIUS was recognized for having a significant impact on export in Southeastern Pennsylvania as part of the 3rd annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards on May 21, 2015.

Saskia (our CEO & President) and Kevin (her father and our Founder) represented RADIUS at the award reception which took place at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

“RADIUS is incredibly proud and honored to receive this award especially since we were being compared to the major metropolitan market of Philadelphia. We believe that “made in the USA” is a true asset and the quality, uniqueness of design and craftsmanship of our products should be accessible to customers around the globe,” Saskia said.

We were 1 of 50 companies initially selected for the export category and we were the only company from Berks County that became a finalist.

RADIUS wins!

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Saskia & Kevin pose after accepting the award.

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All smiles with our shiny new award!

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All of the award recipients. Saskia is representing RADIUS seated bottom row, 3rd from the left.

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Isn’t it pretty?

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No, Seriously…We’re Happy Just to be Nominated

In In the News, RADIUS on October 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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Have you ever watched the Oscars, Grammys, or any other award show and thought, “Yea right, I’m sure they’re just happy to be nominated. I don’t believe that for a second?” Well, we’re hear to tell you that being happy just to be nominated can actually happen.

RADIUS was nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made Award (which was super awesome in and of itself) and then imagine our excitement when we come to find out that out of hundreds of entries in our Style category we were a chosen finalist!

We work really hard to make our company and the products that we produce the best that they can be and to have that recognized in such a big way was a huge honor.

The winners were chosen on Friday October 17th and, sadly, RADIUS did not win. Are we a little disappointed? Of course, but we knew the competition was steep and all the companies who did win were well-deserving and we couldn’t be more excited for them. As cliché as it sounds, we were really  honored to be included in such an exclusive group of companies and we congratulate each and every one of them.

Now, with only a few more months left in 2014, we’re looking forward to 2015 and all the the things that it can bring. If we’re nominated again next year hopefully we’ll win, but if not, make no mistake… we’ll still be happy just to be nominated.

To each and every person who voted for us, we thank you so much for your support! We’ll see you again next year.

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Click our Martha Stewart American Made page below to see what being American Made means to us!

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