New Castle News

Closer Look

September 20, 2012

Standards testing company part of state tour

NEW CASTLE — The innovations of a husband-and-wife-owned testing company has captured the attention of the state economic development secretary.

But Keystone Compliance, which recently expanded to a site on the Columbus Innerbelt, has had the attention of Pittsburgh-area entrepreneurs for a few years. It has repeatedly brought home banners heralding its success as a continually growing company in the southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Keystone Compliance is an accredited laboratory that assists manufacturers and engineers in meeting worldwide regulatory standards in environmental and product safety testing.

The company’s newly renovated 20,000-square-foot lab includes five test chambers. The environmental lab includes three electrodynamic shakers, several temperature/humidity chambers, thermal shock, pneumatic shock, IP code testing equipment, salt-fog chambers and a variety of other environmental test equipment.

The company has expanded from its original site on West State Street in Union Township and plans to expand more.

Owners Rhonda and Tony Masone started the business in 2007, having branched out on their own after working in the same field in southern California.

They established their business in New Castle because “Tony’s from New Castle,” Kansas-born Rhonda explained.

“We looked all over the United States and really saw a need in this area,” she said. “It takes a lot of years of experience and knowledge.

“We researched it and knew there was a real need for this between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.”

Keystone’s lab is staffed with 19 employees, including engineers and report writers with the technical expertise to meet testing requirements.

 For the second straight year, Keystone Compliance was named the 16th fastest growing company in the Pittsburgh region by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was announced at the annual Pittsburgh 100 reception last month.

Keystone was a stop Wednesday on an tour of businesses and industries throughout the state by members of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“We went to more than 60 events,” said deputy secretary Carolyn Newhouse, who made Keystone her last stop before attending the Lawrence County Economic Development Corp.’s annual dinner Wednesday night.

Newhouse and other leadership and senior staffers of the agency have been visiting businesses, industry and economic development prospects throughout the state.

“When we look at and listen to these ideas and innovations that companies like this are employing to increase revenues and successes, it’s invigorating for us,” she said of Keystone Compliance.

“It’s nice to see a number of companies continuing to survive in this economy and in this region,” she said, “and Keystone Compliance is the epitome of that. It’s great for New Castle, it’s great for the county and it’s great for the state.”

(Have you signed up for our free text alerts yet? Get daily weather, breaking news, Friday Night football scores and school news sent right to your phone! It’s awesome ... and it’s free! CLICK HERE)

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Closer Look
  • Lottery.jpg Lottery officials: Seniors should get smaller payout

    State lottery officials say less means more for seniors. The lottery took in $3.8 billion in sales last year and will give more than $1 billion of it — or 28.5 percent — to programs for senior citizens.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • phone.jpg Attorney general warns of phone scams

    Assorted scams in the commonwealth have prompted a warning from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said several scams have been reported to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in recent weeks.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • disability.jpg Disabilities group unveils new icon

    Disability Options Network is joining forces with the Accessible Icon Project. Officials of the community organization, located at 1929 E. Washington St., said its new icon will replace the current international symbol for accessibility.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • well.jpg Auditor: State doesn’t have enough inspectors to monitor wells

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.


    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • vote.jpg Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

    Just when Pennsylvania voters were getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • manna.jpg John K. Manna: Measuring the money

    Should we even bother to have an election in November? By some accounts, maybe the results of some contests are already in.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • shooting.jpg Man injured in city shooting

    A man was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday morning following a shooting on West Lincoln Avenue.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • police.jpg Police: Man pulls gun on construction workers

    Construction workers in Neshannock Township flagged down police Thursday claiming a business owner had pulled a gun on them.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shooting.jpg Shooting witness arrested for giving false name

    State police have arrested a second Detroit area man after questioning him about Sunday’s fatal shooting in Ellwood City. DeMarco Dorian Hoskins, 22, of Highland Park, Mich., was the third man in a private car that transported the deceased to look for a hospital. Hoskins allegedly gave police a false identity when they questioned him as witness.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • bridgerepair.jpg PennDOT seeks outside help to make bridge repairs

    State officials are poised to sign a massive deal that will enlist outside help to rebuild and maintain up to 600 bridges, marking the Corbett administration’s latest foray into privatizing key government functions.


    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content
Section Teases
Must Read
Continuous Super Bowl Coverage