[The following is an encore piece that was originally published 21 May 2010]
Pennsylvania is one of those states that when you hear about it, the average person has a vague, hazy idea as to where it is. On the east coast, is the usual reply, and, when those people hear that the Commonwealth is home turf to bands such as Joan Jett, Live, Breaking Benjamin, Tommy Conwell, The Hooters, and Hall & Oates, and, for colleges such as UPenn & Penn State, as well as pro sports teams like the Flyers & Penguins, some will say that they didn’t know that both Philly & Pittsburgh were even located in PA. The disconnect is astonishing, but common.
Generally speaking, Pennsylvania is a widely disparate state whose population is split between urbanites residing in Philly or Pitt., and, rural populations residing everywhere else. The number of elderly is second only to Floriduh.
Now before anyone not in Philly or Pitt. gets bent outta shape, for the record, I’m not saying that everyone is an ignorant country bumpkin/rube, but those folks seem to be the exception rather than the rule. Hey, there are ignoramuses all over the world, it just seems to me that most of them happen to live in rural areas.
Case in point: Ever hear anyone use the word Pennsyltucky before?
Hint: It’s not meant as a compliment.
Be that as it may, the Commonwealth has been home to several decades old, family owned companies with a popular product presence on the national scene.
Zippo Lighters – Bradford, PA
Utz – Hanover, PA (restricted to East coast Distribution)
Snyder’s of Hanover – Hanover, PA
Heinz Ketchup – Pittsburgh, PA
Hershey Chocolate – Hershey, PA
Yuengling – Pottsville, PA (Restricted to East coast distribution)
Rolling Rock Beer – Formerly located in Latrobe, PA from 1939 – 2006.
Mrs. T’s Pierogies – Shenandoah, PA
TastyKake – Philly, PA
Steak-Umm – Reading, PA
Cheesesteak – Philly, PA