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Published On: Aug 15 2011 12:51:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 02 2011 12:41:08 PM EST

When you think about staying organized, Daytimer may come to mind. The popular personal planners are "made right here" in the Lehigh Valley.

The company has seen a lot of changes since it was created nearly 65 years ago.

"This business here in East Texas was started by the Dorney family," said vice president and general manager Martha Curren, "And they started as a one-man printing operation."


Curren said the Lehigh County company started making planners after a local lawyer needed a more detailed calendar to track his business, and the rest is history.

"It's a continuity business," Curren said. "We have some longevity of consumers who still like year after year to use the same kind of process of planning."

The company is now a division of Acco Brands. About 350 employees man the office, production line and call center, churning out orders to the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

Jerry Warmkessel, senior director of the customer contact center said the company takes between 800,000 to a million orders a year at the center.

Ken Drudy, the company's director of operation, said the company has been recycling for at least 20 years. The company has also started using 90% recycled paper.

Even so, the company is keeping its eye on the future and changing needs in the digital age. "We do have two iPhone apps right now. One is called Movers and Shakers and one is called Pink Ribbon.