January Program - "Party with Beistle Company!" - The Beistle Company, Shippensburg PA

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Location: The Beistle Company 1 Beistle Plaza Shippensburg PA 17257

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January Program - "Party with Beistle Company!"  - The Beistle Company, Shippensburg PA


Topic: Party with Beistle Company!

Location: Beistle Company

1 Beistle Plaza

Shippensburg PA 17257

Parking: Park in designated area. Please be GREEN and carpool. 

Turn at the Beistle marquis (not the blue corporate office sign). Plenty of parking in the lot.  This is the entrance for the program.

Carpooling is encouraged.

Date / Time: Wednesday, January 17th 2018 from 11:30am – 2pm 

Program Details:

Program consists of greeting and brief introduction to the company from its President, Tricia Lacy. The core of the program will be an interactive tour of this 1M+ square foot manufacturing facility allowing for free flowing Q&A.

The History of the Beistle Company Manufacturing Since 1900

The Beistle Company was founded in 1900 by Martin Luther Beistle in the basement of his home near Pittsburgh for the production of small imprints and calendars. Eventually business boomed and changed as did the product line and company location. Over time Mr. Beistle moved the company back to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and has since then provided the area with business and jobs. Even during the Great Depression and World Wars the Beistle Company provided work and resources to aid the people and country in times of need. To this day the Beistle Company continues to be run by descendants of ML Beistle.

Over the course of 100 years, the products and catalogs of the Beistle Company have changed dramatically. Originally the company started with calendars, wood children’s toys, and artificial plants but those are not what made the Beistle Company famous. Early on, the Beistle Company partnered with the Paper Novelty Company and soon became a pioneer in honey combed tissue decorations creating a variety of products including bells, balls, toys and Easter bunny nests. Over time the Beistle Company expanded its catalog to cover all the holidays from Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. But the first seasonal decorations added to the catalog were Halloween. Over 1000 different designs and decorations have been added since 1921 ranging from witches, black cats, bats, owls, spiders and jack o lanterns. The company produced many popular die cut Halloween paper items and helped popularize Halloween decoration in America. The company’s early success was credited to selling inexpensive premade decorations that customers could readily buy from the store.

NOTE: Closed toe shoes required. No walk-ins permitted at this event. Please register by noon on 1/12/18.


Any questions or special requests contact:

President, Lauren Leipziger, at 215-801-8472 (Cell), or email lleipzig@paturnpike.com

Secretary, Kristan Trusky, at 484-666-1188 (Cell), or email ktrusky@aafintl.com

Please note that all attendees must RSVP to complete the necessary lunch and room arrangements. Please help us make the presentation materials, seats, and food preparations adequate by giving us advance notice of your intention to attend. Failing to RSVP could restrict our lunch availability to those who did not RSVP in a timely manner.

Thank you! Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!


The Central PA Chapter of IFMA's mission is to provide value to its membership. As we seek to provide benefits to our membership, we rely on sponsorship from our members' companies.

Throughout the years many of you have contributed quite generously to support the chapter's efforts. These efforts have been greatly appreciated and allowed the Chapter to grow and strenghten the benefits offered to members.