80th anniversary speaker series planned at Penn State Schuylkill

During the year-long series of events celebrating Penn State Schuylkill’s 80-year partnership with the Schuylkill community, three business leaders will share their stories on campus. Richard “Dick” Yuengling, Jr. will speak Tuesday, April 22; Thomas F. Twardzik will speak Tuesday, Sept. 16; and Joseph Jurgielewicz will speak Wednesday, Nov. 5. All lectures are in the John E. Morgan Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. These lectures are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Please call 570-385- 6209 for tickets. 

The first in the series is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, featuring Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr. He is the president and owner of D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc., America’s oldest brewery. He is the fifth generation of a family brewing legacy that began in 1829 in Pottsville, Pa. The Yuengling Brewery is still family-owned and operated today, celebrating its 185th anniversary in 2014. The company distributes beer in 15 states along the East Coast and produces a variety of year-round brands including Traditional Lager, Light Lager, Black & Tan, Lord Chesterfield Ale, Dark Brewed Porter, Premium and Light, as well as seasonal Bock and Oktoberfest beers.

Dick began working at the brewery in 1958 when he was a teenager. In 1973 he opted to satisfy his desire to test his own skills by purchasing a wholesale beer business in Pottsville. In 1985 Dick returned to the brewery and purchased the company from his ailing father. Since that time, Dick has managed to grow the business from 137,000 barrels of beer in 1985 to more than 2.5 million barrels produced in 2013. He has achieved this success by building and leading a strong team of individuals within the organization and selecting a committed network of wholesaler to sell and distribute the product in the marketplace. Dick works six days a week at the brewery and is involved with all facets of the business.

For additional information, contact Mary Sacavage at 570-385-6217 or mus53@psu.edu.

Last Updated January 09, 2015