The Chester County Hall of Fame Award was given posthumously to Jack Loew, former president of J. Loew & Associates, Inc. March 26th at the Phoenixville Foundry.
The award goes to an individual in special recognition of outstanding endeavors and achievements within the Chester County business community. The Chester County Economic Development Council gives the award annualy.
Mr. Loew studied architecture at Carnegie Mellon University before transferring to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in business administration.
Mr. Loew spent the early part of his career designing and manufacturing interior cabins for passenger trains and his desire to participate more in the local community drove him to focus on land acquisition and development. In 1976 Mr. Loew founded Hough/Loew & Associates, now J. Loew & Associates, Inc. originally based in Merion and later moving to Exton.
The company initially centered around designing and construction, offering potential building owners a single organization within which a project could be developed, with cost effectiveness, from conceptual design through final construction. By 1987, the business had grown to more than $30 million in revenue, without advertising itself in anyway, but rather by reputation alone. Since its inception the company has developed many properties, including twenty office and industrial parks and twelve retail centers, all of which have become home to a significant portion of the suburban Philadelphia business community.
One of Mr. Loew’s greatest passions was his involvement in philanthropic pursuits. He has given generously to Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children in West Chester; Safe Harbor in West Chester, an organization providing food and shelter to the homeless as well as many other charities.