Barry Isett & Associates Appoints New Positions

Brandon Trate

Founded in 1977, Barry Isett & Associates has expanded its multi-discipline engineering and consulting services to enrich local communities and provide all-encompassing services for its clients. Over years of growth, the company’s shared values of service, balance, team, and ownership have remained at the forefront. Since its establishment in Lehigh Valley over 45 years ago, Isett has expanded to nine offices and 250+ associates.

Chris Kotch

To support company growth and client success, Isett has appointed three associates to assume new positions across several offices. Brandon Trate, PG will assume the role of Vice President of the Lehigh Valley Region. Mr. Trate, former Vice President of the Field Division, has extensive knowledge across environmental, forensic, geotechnical, survey, construction materials testing, and project management disciplines. As Vice President of the Lehigh Valley Region, Mr. Trate will provide executive-level project and client management across Isett’s multi-discipline services. Formerly serving as Isett’s Vice President of the Southeast PA Region, Chris Kotch, PG, will assume the position of Vice President of the Field Division. Mr. Kotch brings years of experience in environmental sciences along with client and project management. Mr. Kotch will be overseeing Isett’s Environmental Consulting, Forensic Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Survey, and Construction Materials Testing departments and services.

Erin Burke

“I am excited for my new role as Vice President of the Field Division and look forward to supporting our field services and client’s success,” Mr. Kotch shared.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing and client management, Erin Burke will serve as the company’s Vice President of the Southeast Pennsylvania Region. As a Delaware Valley native, Ms. Burke emphasizes her support of the local community and is engaged within the region. As Vice President, Ms. Burke will focus on providing executive-level communication and oversee the management of multi-disciplines projects.

Manufacturing Roundtable Informs Legislators of Program & Policy Priorities for Growth

On February 1, 2022, Eric Joseph Esoda, President & CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC), hosted a manufacturing roundtable for a joint meeting of the PA House Democratic Policy Committee and the PA House Manufacturing Caucus in State College, PA. The roundtable consisted of 10 manufacturing executives from across Pennsylvania, including leaders within Metal Integrity East & West, Restek Corporation, Diamondback Covers, Lake Erie Rubber & Manufacturing, GeorgeKo Industries, ILSCO Extrusion, The Fredericks Company, C.L. Sturkey, Inc. and Lehigh Valley Plastics.

The roundtable was requested by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, Chair of the House Democratic Policy Committee, and Rep. Mike Schlossberg, Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus. “Manufacturing in Pennsylvania is important to our caucus because Pennsylvania is a place where businesses want to come and stay,” said Rep. Bizzarro. “We want to hear from manufacturers on what they need to make Pennsylvania more attractive for businesses,” he added.

Within the 90-minute roundtable, which consisted of live participation and virtual attendees, manufacturers expressed their greatest challenges, barriers, opportunities and advantages relative to workforce attraction and retention, the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and the mitigation of supply chain risks through reshoring and creating PA-based supplier networks. The participating manufacturers also offered suggestions and ideas as to what programs, policies and statewide initiatives should be created or expanded in order to accelerate their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and maximize their long-term growth and competitiveness. Increased funding for the statewide Industrial Resource Center program, creating more in-school awareness about careers in manufacturing, streamlining loan and grant processing and providing incentives to create Pennsylvania-based supply chains were among their recommendations.

The roundtable was facilitated by the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) network and moderated by an IRC host due to the Centers’ close connectivity to Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community and insight into the needs of the Commonwealth’s 15,000+ small and mid-sized manufacturers. “The importance of our manufacturing economy is a unifying topic that reaches across both aisles in Harrisburg – everyone agrees that we need to do all we can to strengthen and grow the Commonwealth’s second largest business sector with more than 585,000 employees,” said Mr. Esoda, who guided the event. “We were honored to put this venue together for the Committee and Caucus and hope we have the opportunity to host many additional events of this nature for our legislative leaders and policy-makers,” he added.

The IRC network is currently working with the PA Democratic Policy Committee to compile video highlights and a transcript of the event.