Business owner receives University alumni award
Bernard Hershberger, a 2007 graduate of Penn State Harrisburg’s MBA program and 2002 graduate of its bachelor’s program in Mechanical Engineering Technology, has received the Penn State Alumni Association’s 2011 Alumni Achievement Award.
Hershberger, of Lancaster, Pa., is president and owner of Stoltz Mfg., LLC, a designer and manufacturer of spreading equipment for the farming and construction industries. Having joined the company in 2004, he held various engineering, sales, and operations positions before being named president and owner in 2009. He became the third generation in his extended family to run the business.
One of 12 recipients of the award this year, Hershberger was honored April 8 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College. Established in 2005, the award recognizes alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. These prominent young alumni are nominated by an academic college within Penn State and invited by the University President to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators.
Since Hershberger became its president, Stoltz has posted an average annual sales growth of 15 percent, implemented a new computer-aided design system, developed several new products, improved internal quality controls, and has expanded its international market to include Australia, Africa, Central America, the Middle East, and Indonesia.
One of the nation’s first developers of agricultural lime spreaders, Stoltz recently developed a new line that enables the spreading of various materials accurately and with limited dust.
Stoltz received a national innovation award for introducing new products to highway professionals, including a cement spreader with a dust-control system, which Hershberger designed.
A member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Hershberger serves on the advisory committee to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.