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Every year, Pennsylvania Business Central celebrates the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned how to develop their organizations and communities.

On the pages that follow, you will learn everything you need to know about this year’s Top 100 — what they do, what makes them tick and how they have become the great success stories that they are.

Our goal is simple: To show you how these 100 people achieved greatness. As you read their profiles, you will learn that they are much more than just a face on a page. They run companies, volunteer their time and also raise families. Somehow, someway, many achieve the work-life balance that escapes so many.

Each profile is unique. So be sure to take time to peruse the profiles, learn what you can about these individuals.

We think you’ll find that Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working people from fantastic communities.

The Commonwealth continues to grow and thrive because of great people — people just like those in our Top 100.

Plus, keep an eye out for our Top 100 Organizations special edition, coming out next month, celebrating the best of the best in the region’s businesses, non- profits and brands.

2018-01-26 / Top 100 People

Elvin Stoltzfus

President

Pik Rite

Elvin Stoltzfus is the president of Pik Rite, a Lewistown manufacturer of innovative, high-quality vegetable harvesting equipment, manure spreaders, commercial waste handling tanks and dump truck bodies.

Stoltzfus was named 2016 Small Business Person of the Year for Pennsylvania by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He was nominated by the Bucknell SBDC.

Pik Rite, which was founded in 1983, has grown to have $16 million in revenue and employs around 80 people in its 50,000-square-foot facility. Its harvesters and other equipment are used throughout the country and have been exported to 27 countries.

Stoltzfus grew up on a family farm near New Columbia as one of 19 children. From an early age he was expected to pitch in and help with farm duties, which included planting and harvesting vegetables. At 13 he quit school to work full time on the farm, where he developed a strong work ethic and learned the value of working with others.

In 1983 Stoltzfus and a friend built the first Pik Rite tomato harvester. This project was largely driven by the fact that he was involved in harvesting tomatoes by hand. After a few years of testing and modifying the original machine, three Pik Rite harvesters were built in 1986, and the company was incorporated.

Stoltzfus and his wife, Molly Mullen, have 3 children.

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