Our History

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Over 100 Years of Accurate Measurement

Our long and distinguished history began in the early 1900’s when John Burkholder developed and patented a design for a mechanical ‘no springs’ scale. In 1908 the company was established as the National Store Specialty Company on Lancaster Avenue in Lancaster, PA. The manufacturer was known for a line of gasoline pumps and scales using the ribbon and cam indicating method. The original building still stands.

In 1911 the rapidly expanding company built a large industrial building in Leola which was occupied until several years ago.The early 1970s brought the first electronic counting scales; our designs proved to be highly accurate and durable—many first generation units continue dependable service even today. Our distributors have stocks of our scales for short term rentals for physical inventories and special projects.

Purchased by the A. H. Emery Company in 2000 (also manufacturing scales under the Emery Winslow Scale Company brand), we discovered new life and vitality as an American manufacturer. In 2014, we moved once again to a company-owned facility back to our roots in Lancaster.

It is here that we find our future: As an American manufacturer we are invested and committed to the community in which we live—supporting the local way of life. The ripple effect of work from our suppliers—sheet, fab, cables, boards, finishing, machining—supports hundreds of stable, secure American jobs and contributes tax revenue, providing a better quality of life and supporting the American way.

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Accuracy in a Wide Range of Industries

Pennsylvania Scale brings weighing accuracy and reliability to the smallest parts and the largest containers. Standard capacities range from 2 lbs. to 40,000 lbs. or more for custom applications. From standard products and services to custom designs and retrofits, we have the inventory, resources, and expertise to manage all of your weighing needs. Learn more.

Custom Weighing Solutions

We offer custom software solutions that can be uploaded to your equipment right in the field, and output strings can be easily modified for a wide range of printers and data collection requirements. In addition, our 7600E/7400 family of indicators was designed as update for retrofitting existing scale batching and weighing systems. Learn more about our indicators.