Institute for Supply Management – Lehigh Valley is the leader in educational and networking opportunities for Supply Chain Management Professionals and their employers from companies, non-profits, and educational institutions in Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, and Carbon counties.
Our Mission is to be recognized as a Center of Excellence to educate, promote, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply chain management profession creating value to our members, their companies, academia and the business community. We strive to successfully provide educational and networking opportunities for Supply Chain Management professionals and communicate Supply Chain Management perspectives for the Lehigh Valley business community.
- Increase awareness regarding Supply Chain Certification opportunities.
- Provide ample opportunities for members to obtain CEU’s.
- Provide current relevant topics of professional interest.
- Provide opportunities for networking with other Supply Chain Management professionals.
- Identify opportunities to become engaged with Lehigh Valley businesses.
- Make ISM-LV more visible to the Lehigh Valley business community.
- Reinforce the use of ISM resources.
- Increase ISM-LV membership by 10 % per year.
- Develop leadership sustainability for ISM-LV.
Boasting the third largest population and located in Eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley is named for the Lehigh River. Agriculture was the major economy in the 1800’s. The building of the Lehigh Canal in 1829 was the beginning of the change towards an industrial economy. Coal could now be transported on the Lehigh Canal from Jim Thorpe to Easton and on to Philadelphia via the Delaware Canal. By 1866 trains provided faster and cheaper transportation, moving more coal than by the canals.
During the second half of the 19th century, the Lehigh Valley was America’s largest iron producing region. The former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, formed in 1904, grew from the Saucona Iron Company which was founded in 1857. Bethlehem Steel supplied the steel for the railroads, which contributed to further growth of the region. Bethlehem Steel produced the nation’s first wide flange structural section, making the age of the skyscraper possible.
Today’s Lehigh Valley has been reshaped by the economic changes of the 1990’s. Some of the Lehigh Valley’s major employers today are Air Products, Binney & Smith, Olympus, PP&L Corporation, B. Braun ,St. Luke’s and Lehigh Valley Hospitals just to list a few. In addition to the varied industries, there are nine colleges and universities.
Situated approximately 50 miles north of Philadelphia, 70 miles west of New York City and 200 miles northeast of Washington, DC, the Lehigh Valley is within driving distance of major centers of culture, history and industry. The Pocono Mountains and New Jersey shore points are within easy access of the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) makes for convenient travel to most major cities.