Montgomery County Briefs: Entenmann’s, Willow Grove Fairfield Inn, National Philanthropic Trust, and ASTM Plastics


Here’s a quick rundown of the news in Montgomery County:

Entenmann’s Expands Little Bites Line with Snack Bars

Entenmann’s, whose corporate headquarters are located in Horsham, has announced a new extension to its popular Little Bites line. The new Little Bites Snackin’ Bites are portable, pre-packaged, soft baked mini bars for families’ on-the-go-needs. The new bites come in Apple Cinnamon and Strawberry flavors.

“We have spent time developing this new line, building upon our Little Bites heritage and reputation,” said Maureen Sticco, director of marketing for Entenmann’s. “Since 1999, the Little Bites brand has resonated with families; it enjoys a unique position in the marketplace as a good-choice, multi-piece snack that parents and kids love.”

Fairfield Inn Opens in Willow Grove with Next Generation Design and Décor

Fairfield Inn Willow Grove
Fairfield Inn Willow Grove

The 108-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Willow Grove opened last week with its smart, inventive public space and guest room design, and its bright and inviting décor.

Located at 2440 Maryland Road, this is the first Fairfield Inn & Suites in the area to feature the brand’s new design and décor, which enhance the guest experience through flexible features, and a warm and welcoming environment.

History of Philanthropy Highlighted in New Website

trustThe past 500 years of global philanthropy has been chronicled in a free, permanent digital exhibit. The History of Modern Philanthropy, accessible at, divides five centuries of giving into five time periods. The exhibit has been curated by the Jenkintown-based National Philanthropic Trust, and took a team of historians more than 1,300 hours of research to complete. The project has been in the works since 2011.

Philanthropy’s past is told through 200 entries bolstered by 95 historical images, documents and video and audio clips. Features include a document from 1638 memorializing the earliest known fundraising effort for Harvard University, audio of a 1918 song dedicated to Red Cross nurses entitled “The One Red Rose the Solider Knows” and a photograph from 1960 illustrating philanthropy-funded voter-registration initiatives for African-Americans.

ASTM Plastics Committee Names Mark Lavach as New Chairman

Mark L. Lavach, manager of analytical and systems research at Arkema, Inc. in King of Prussia, has been named chairman of Conshohocken’s ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics. The committee oversees 477 standards related to plastics, their raw materials, components, and finished products. Lavach has been a member of ASTM since 1994.

Lavach has been with Arkema, Inc. since its creation in 2006, having previously served as a manager at Atofina and a scientist with Elf Atochem, both legacy companies of the current Arkema, Inc. He has previously been the recipient of the Award of Appreciation, two Awards of Recognition, the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Award of Excellence and the Award of Merit, all for his work on D20.

Top photo credit: Entenmann’s Delivery Truck, Totowa, NJ via photopin (license)

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