Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly.com

Kip Anthony was a farm boy from the Midwest who went on to become a mechanical engineer at big companies doing big things.

His work included preserving the rich sound of Steinway pianos, reconfiguring jet engines to move oil and gas through pipelines, and – curse him, if you must – creating aircraft seating.

Then the small-business bug bit.

“I wanted to have an impact on a small company,” he said. “I wanted to drive the ethics of an organization as well as the culture.”

So Anthony moved here in 2000 to take a job with EFE Laboratories Inc., a contract manufacturer in Horsham.

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