Northumberland County business honored |

WATSONTOWN, Pa. — Susquehanna Fire Equipment Company started in 1951 when its owner sold fire extinguishers out of a garage. More than 70 years later, the company near Watsontown has two locations and nearly three dozen employees. The company manufactures and sells fire safety equipment.

“We want to make sure that the products we sell are well maintained and taken care of, and our customers are happy with their products and have little or no issues,” said Keith Foust, the president of Susquehanna Fire Equipment.

“I broke down in tears. It means a lot to my family,” Foust said.

“They kept their employees employed throughout the pandemic. They’re contributing to the American economy, and overall, at the end of the day, they’re still here at the end of the pandemic, so it’s phenomenal,” said Steve Dixel, district director of the Small Business Administration of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The award comes just ahead of Small Business Appreciation Week, which starts on April 29.

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