Posts by Diane


  1. Silberline Expanding, Adding Capabilities

    Silberline Manufacturing Co. of Schuylkill County broke ground on a 22,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion, which will allow the company to produce pigments compatible with waterborne coating systems. Once finished, Silberline says it will be the “leading waterborne compatible aluminum pigment manufacturer in North America.” Via Morning Call:

  2. Particle Sciences boosts manufacturing services with Pennsylvania site

    The 5,000-square-foot Bethlehem-based expansion responds to client demand, says Particle Sciences president Robert Lee: “The market for services is growing, yet the supply of CMOs interested in taking on these complex drug products is not.” Via

  3. East Penn Manufacturing Foresees Bright Future

    As worldwide demand for batteries grows, East Penn Manufacturing Co. and EnerSys, two of the world’s largest battery makers and both headquartered in Berks County, are expanding research and development. The two companies are exploring lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for a variety of applications including telecommunications, electric vehicles and back-up power to electric grids. East Continue Reading…

  4. Micro Interventional Devices Successfully Treats First-in-Human Patient with Percutaneous MIA

    Successful patient’s tricuspid heart valve repair using new procedure and tools Micro Interventional Devices, Inc.™ (MID) announced today the world’s first percutaneous implantation of its MIA, Minimally Invasive Annuloplasty, technology for tricuspid and mitral repair. This marks the first patient enrolled in the transcatheter arm of the STTAR (Study of Transcatheter Tricuspid Annular Repair) trial being Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    In recognition of National Manufacturing Day, BFTP/NEP is celebrating the importance of manufacturing and its role in helping to keep a healthy and vibrant manufacturing economy in the region. “We’re really creating that next generation of manufacturers,” said BFTP President and CEO Chad Paul. Ben Franklin’s investment in and support of its manufacturing clients resulted Continue Reading…

  6. South Bethlehem Start-up Incentive Program Earns International Award

    The International Economic Development Council awarded Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. and the city of Bethlehem a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its SouthSide Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone. Ben Franklin Technology Partners NEP is a partner in that initiative. Via @LehighValleyBusiness:

  7. Stourbridge Project Wins PEDA Award

    The PA Economic Development Association (PEDA) chose Wayne County’s Stourbridge Project as one of just three initiatives across the Commonwealth to receive a 2018 Economic Development Award. Stourbridge, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, was selected as the 2018 Economic Development Project of the Year. More:

  8. Ben Franklin Northeast Impact: 31,935 Manufacturing Jobs 1994-2017

    National Manufacturing Day Oct. 5 Ben Franklin Invests in Established Manufacturers and Early-Stage Tech-Based Manufacturers This Oct. 5, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) is joining the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in celebrating National Manufacturing Day, promoting the importance of manufacturing in Pennsylvania and the jobs associated with Continue Reading…

  1. RADIUS® Partners with Exclusive Distributor in Vietnam

    RADIUS has entered into the Vietnamese market with a newly selected exclusive distributor – Natulife Co. Ltd. The Vietnamese market continues to grow and show interest in the organic and natural products industry, in products such as RADIUS’ USDA Organic Children’s Coconut Banana Toothpaste. Via Digital Journal:

  2. Ben Franklin Announces Board Changes

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors announced the appointment of a new chair, a new member, and a new executive committee member at its September board meeting. Jan S. Heller is the new board chair. She has served on the BFTP/NEP board for 26 years, as vice chair from Continue Reading…

  3. Brushed for Success: Radius Achieving Business Goals

    In Kutztown, the toothbrushes manufactured by Radius Corp. under the leadership of CEO and President Saskia Foley are unique in their composition and shape compared with most store-bought brushes. That’s because Radius’ toothbrushes are ergonomically built, meaning they more easily fit a user’s hand, and designs are available for both right- and left-handed users. The Continue Reading…

  4. Hexcel’s Acousti-cap Technology Reduces Aircraft Noise in NASA-Boeing Flight Test

    Hexcel‘s latest Acousti-Cap broadband sound-reducing honeycomb technology was recently tested in a joint NASA-Boeing flight test on a B737 MAX test platform. It enables engine designers to reduce the noise from takeoffs and landings without adding significant weight to the aircraft. Via EPPM:

  5. B.Braun to Add 300,000-square-foot Expansion

    B. Braun anticipates breaking ground with a second production facility to be built alongside its current one in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, next spring. The development will boost B. Braun’s total area employment to close to Mack Trucks (2,400 workers) and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (2,500 employees). Via Morning Call:

  6. BFTP Partners Among Lehigh Valley Business’ Fastest Growing Companies

    Lehigh Valley Business named 45 eastern Pennsylvania companies to its Fastest Growing Companies list for 2018 – companies identified as the region’s most dynamic that have made significant contributions to the local economy. Among them were BFTP client Vigon International, Inc. and BFTP Solutions Network member Altitude Marketing. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  7. Blaschak Coal Receives $1M Grant for Mine Development/Reclamation

    Governor Tom Wolf announced a $1 million state grant for a mine development project for Blaschak Coal Corporation to reengineer, reopen, and redevelop a large reserve of Mammoth coal in the Mount Carmel region of Columbia County. The development will employ 25 to 30 UMWA miners and is the largest new mine development project in Continue Reading…

  8. Radius Toothbrush Company Expanding Into Historic Silk Mill

    There are 21 historic places getting tax credit funding from the state for historic revitalization. An historic brick building in Kutztown, a former silk factory, goes back 120 years and will soon be home to BFTP client Radius Toothbrush. The project will bring 14 new jobs with room for many more as the company ups its Continue Reading…