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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

 

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Welcome to the Neighborhood, Whole Foods Market Allentown.

In In the News, RADIUS on September 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

The day has finally arrived. The day we at RADIUS have been not-so-patiently waiting for. The day a Whole Foods Market FINALLY opens near us!

Whole Foods Market Allentown had its grand opening today and the new store is ah-ma-zing! It’s only 20 minutes away from our Kutztown-based HQ (making us practically next door neighbors) and since we could hardly contain our excitement, we decided to take part in the grand opening celebrations this afternoon and check out their new location – of which we will most definitely be frequent visitors.


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Their outdoor display game is strong.

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You can find anything from locally grown plants and flowers….

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to perfect pumpkins that are honestly too pretty to carve…

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to the most delicious fresh apple cider (take it from us…we tried a few samples and then bought a few cartons).

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And that’s all before you even get inside the door.

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Before you start shopping, you can purchase one of these awesome tote bags to carry your haul. And as an added bonus you can show your Whole Foods Market Allentown pride wherever you go.

Um, we’ll take two please. Thankssomuch.

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Rows of beautiful organic produce, cheeses, and so much more fill the aisles. Honestly, if you can’t find it here…it probably doesn’t exist.

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You go on ahead. I’ll just wait here by the FRESH PASTA BAR until you get back. #Lunch

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And now on to our personal favorite… the Whole Body Department…

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Well, well, well. Look what we found…our adult toothbrushes and Floss Sachets proudly on display…

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and look…our entire children’s toothbrush collection!

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Don’t forget about our brand new USDA certified organic toothpastes! This store is definitely showing some RADIUS <3.

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We got pretty excited about this bright and fun water bottle display. Can you say new designs from Lifefactory?!

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On your way out, make sure to stop by the soap and bath salt bar…

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and check out the beautiful “Local” section that’s currently featuring THE BEST handcrafted, wooden utensils from our friends at Jonathan’s Spoons.

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All in all it was a pretty successful first visit to our new local Whole Foods Market. The store looked great and the staff was super helpful and friendly – all while being CRAZY busy. I’m sure it won’t be our last visit…in fact we’ll probably be on a first name basis shortly 🙂

If you’re in the area, definitely make sure to check out Whole Foods Market Allentown…after you visit our RADIUS outlet in Kutztown, of course. ;-D

750 N. Krocks Road
Suite 301
Allentown, PA 18106
484-506-2159
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RADIUS Goes Rafting

In RADIUS on July 12, 2016 at 9:29 am

 

On Thursday July 7th, the RADIUS Crew spent their annual Team Day on the Lehigh River. We loaded up and drove an hour north to the picturesque mountain town of Jim Thorpe, PA where we joined guides from Whitewater Rafting Adventures and learned how to tame the rapids.

Here’s our adventure…

 

 

 

Whole Foods Spends the Day at RADIUS

In RADIUS on June 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Last week we were very excited to welcome the Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Regional Whole Body Team and the Whole Body Team from Whole Foods Market South Street in Philadelphia! They took a tour of the RADIUS HQ, learned all about our manufacturing process, and joined us for some lunch. Here’s a glimpse into their day at RADIUS!

Take a Tour of RADIUS

In RADIUS on May 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

This is where we design, create, manufacture, and bring our innovative products to life. Take a tour of our historic factory and HQ and get an inside look at what makes RADIUS tick.

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.

A USA Factory Powered by Sunshine

In RADIUS on May 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm
We put as much thought into the making of RADIUS® products as we do the design of them.

Almost 30 years ago, we bought and renovated a historic feed mill in Kutztown, Pennsylvania not far from the storied steel plants of Bethlehem.

We make, package and ship all our products from this facility in small batches, keeping complete control over production from start to finish to ensure quality stays up to our standards – the best of the best.

In March 2011, we went a step further, installing a 50,000 Kilowatt solar-panel
system on the factory roof. Each year since, RADIUS has been able to generate enough electricity to power roughly 15 homes straight from the Pennsylvania sun, offsetting 210 metric tons of carbon, the equivalent of 45 acres of healthy trees. Thanks to ultra-efficient machinery and savvy production schedules, solar power accounts for more than 67%, or more than two-thirds, of electricity at the RADIUS plant.

 

We might be a small company, but our efforts are big in this right. To compare, Wal-Mart has 335 renewable energy projects in operation or under development, however, solar power still only accounts for about 25% of its electricity. While commercial solar projects are typically concentrated in sunnier climates like those of California and Arizona or states with major incentive programs, like Massachusetts, we make every one of our panels count.

 

We’re almost as proud of our plant as we are of its products. Clean teeth and clean air – our stock in trade.

Vote for us! RADIUS is a Martha Stewart American Made Awards 2015 Finalist!

In In the News, RADIUS on September 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

RADIUS Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Exciting news for RADIUS this month — we’re proud to have been named a 2015 Style/Beauty Finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards.

Every year the awards celebrate homegrown makers in the crafts, design, food, and style industries. The aim is to support small businesses within our communities, and highlight the tenacious creativity of entrepreneurs across the country.

Martha and her discerning team will be judging the nominees on innovation and originality, workmanship, visual appeal and embodiment of the American Made theme — all of which are very much central to the RADIUS product and process. Should we win, Team RADIUS will be headed to New York City to attend the American Made event at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters. We’ll also receive $10,000 to grow the company and a chance to be featured in the American Made Market — the online store for handcrafted, artisanal products made right here in the USA.

Think RADIUS is a worthy winner? Visit Martha Stewart American Made Awards and vote for us in the Style/Beauty category.

 

 

 

A New Website Designed Just For You

In RADIUS on September 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

For the past 6 months we’ve been designing a brand new website that (we hope) will really show the world what RADIUS is all about. Our current site was …how should we say this?…a little outdated. Don’t get us wrong, it was a solid site that got the job done, but we decided it was time to revamp and redesign and make a site that was totally, 100% us. 

We hope you like it.

www.madebyradius.com

 

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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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