In The Community

At New Standard, we have never considered our involvement with the community as a way of giving back. Throughout our history, our community and the people that have lived and worked in all of our locations, have made New Standard what it is today. Our involvement in the community is our drive to be a good neighbor and as always we follow our associates’ leads into what matters to them most. Here is a sample of corporate philanthropic projects and personal relationships from our associates. Links have been provided to gain more information and to get involved.


Chair Advanced Skill Center

Chair Penn Mar Board

Chair Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors
Springettsbury Township Volunteer Fire Company – Board Member

Chair York Area United Fire and Rescue

Crispus Attucks Capital Campaign

Cultural Alliance

Junior Achievement

Olivia’s House – in support of grieving children

Penn Mar Organization Inc. (Sheltered workshop)

Rocky Mount Police – Children’s Christmas

Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center

The HACC Foundation (Harrisburg Area Community College)

United Way – First Capitol Club – United Way Support/Contributor

United Way of York – Board Member, Finance Committee, Allocations Chair, Panel Chair for children with terminal illnesses

Penn State York Advisory Board 

YMCA – East

YMCA & YWCA of York County

York College of Pennsylvania – Board Member
York College of Pennsylvania – Engineering Advisory Board
York College of Pennsylvania – Business Mentoring Program

York Country Day School

York Country Day Board Member


New Standard Corporation has done it again! Four-Peat Pin Challenge Champs, winning the “Most Artistic” category! With 6 teams participating in the Junior Achievement CraZ Bowl 2011 we were able to raise $1,516.00 and keep our reigning Pin Challenge Champ Title!! Congratulations to all involved!!
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Congratulations, associates

Girl Scouts – Troop 567

Hellam Softball – Micro Division – Assistant to Head Coach

Kreutz Creek PTO

Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2493

Lancaster Professional Firefighters Local #319

LCBC-Community & Missions Supporter/Contributor:
Lives Changed by Christ Better York

Lutheran Social Services

Mount Joy Athletic Association

Windsor Township Little League Baseball – Coach

Red Lion Youth Basketball – Coach

An interview with Mort Zifferer, Jr., New Standard’s Owner and Chairman of the Board, on the importance of giving back and why the idea of “Community” is so important to New Standard.

Mr. Zifferer, why is community involvement so important and central to New Standard’s business?

“As we look at the past three generations and now fourth generation of Zifferers involved with New Standard you realize quickly how fortunate our family has been to do what we do and be included in a community such as York. Giving back to the community is the true essence of family and should be the lifeblood of any organization. A combination of monetary giving and the giving of raw hours of personal time for a cause is a big part of humanity.

At New Standard, we encourage our associates to find a way to think differently about doing what is important to being a human being by focusing less on self and more on service…”

Obviously being involved in the community is very personal for you, are there specific organizations that you and New Standard focus on?

“Three main organizations come to mind. YPO, the Young President’s Organization, Penn Mar, a developmental association that engages those with special needs to get involved in the community, and the Cultural Alliance of York County.”

(YPO: 19,000 business leaders in 110 countries around a shared mission: Better Leaders through Education and Idea Exchange™.)

(Penn Mar: a human services association that provides support services in communities which promote value, independence, and self-determination to families and individuals with disabilities or human service needs.)

(Cultural Alliance of York: an untied arts fund located in York serving the creative sector of the region to improve the quality of life in York County, making arts and culture an essential part of life through education and artistic excellence.)

We understand that the Cultural Alliance is a regional effort with possibilities of becoming a statewide model…

“The truth of the matter is that the visual and performing arts are evaporating as we get more digitally oriented. We fell in love with the arts and have become increasingly concerned with the void that may be left if they are discontinued. The true soul of the community has to do with the arts and if we lose that, we are at risk of losing the very fabric of the community.”

“What began as a one ask, one give for the philanthropic side of the community, starting as a fundraising opportunity, has been built into a bigger thought on how we can extend the natural life of some of the arts that probably would not exist today. Our hope is that we build this regionally with an eye on a statewide presence.” Already, we have become the #1 fundraiser in the sector and have been honored with the privilege of working with industrial like-minded people to a more lofty national vision.”

Where will New Standard be in 5 or 10 years in its sense of community activity?

“A big part of our mission is improving the quality of our associates’ lives.

As we get more digitized it really is more the high touch than the high tech that matters in moving forward, and having all our associates continue the ‘can do” attitude for the organization coupled with our ability to touch others in the community is a big driver.

We realize how fortunate we are to have what we have which creates both opportunities and challenges to give back to the community. We are really not in the metal products business. We are really in the people business. To extend that feeling beyond the walls of New Standard, really gets us into the community.”

“How we find that quality of life that is important to us and how we extend that beyond ourselves by giving back to others really is core to our mission. Every associate should feel that once or twice in their lives and if we can do that we know that we have been successful as an organization.”