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  1. East Penn acquires majority share of Navitas Systems

    East Penn Manufacturing Co. acquired a majority interest in Navitas Systems LLC, a global leader in larger-format lithium battery technology and systems for heavy-duty commercial/industrial as well as government/defense market segments. The acquisition will accelerate the Lyons Station-based battery manufacturer’s expansion of its Motive Power battery offering, as well as its strategic integration into other market Continue Reading…

  2. Transformers tie-in could be transformative for Gilson Snow

    A Pennsylvania manufacturer and BFTP client is hitting the big time as super fans of the Transformers toy line prepare to hit the slopes. Gilson Snow, Sunbury, is now partnering with toy maker Hasbro Inc. to make limited edition Transformers-themed skis and snowboards. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  3. LifeAire Brings Air Purity to Critical-Care Medical Environments Worldwide

    Medical facilities strive to keep surfaces in critical care environments as sterile as possible. But one of the most serious threats in those areas is in the air surrounding the patients and staff. Airborne chemical and biological pathogens can readily bypass many air filtration measures commonly used by medical facilities. Ben Franklin client LifeAire Systems developed a patented, Continue Reading…

  4. Gilson Snow Selected for Transformer Skis and Snowboards

    Transformers fans celebrate series’ 35th anniversary while hitting the slopes. Gilson Snow revealed its new, exclusive TRANSFORMERS x Gilson 35th Anniversary Collaboration during the TRANSFORMERS panel on July 18 at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego, CA. Hasbro chose Gilson Snow, Winfield, PA, to produce Transformers-themed skis and snowboards. The artwork for these limited supply Continue Reading…

  5. Extraction of REEs from Mine Drainage

    The Lehigh University Energy Research Center (ERC), in collaboration with BFTP client Applied Separations, Allentown, is conducting research to investigate the feasibility of a chelate-enhanced sCO2 method for Rare Earth Elements extraction from acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is a metal-rich acidic wastewater byproduct from the coal mining industry. The project is carried out with Continue Reading…

  6. Freshpet Expands in Lehigh Valley

    Freshpet held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second kitchen facility in Hanover Township, Northampton County, a project that will create as many as 200 jobs and increase production of the company’s signature fresh pet food. The project will include the renovation of an existing 50,000 square foot building and the addition of 90,000 square feet Continue Reading…

  7. Bio Med Sciences: Made Possible in Lehigh Valley

    A stranger threw acid on a Columbian woman, burning her face and body and changing her life. Her long recovery required many surgeries, which was hastened by a transparent medical mask she wore that softened her skin and reduced scar tissue. That mask was Made Possible in Lehigh Valley by BFTP client Bio Med Sciences.

  8. ICS to open new HQ in Northampton County

    Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a manufacturer of a range of products for the car-wash industry, including controllers, payment devices and point-of-sale systems, plans to open a new headquarters in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The headquarters move follows an announcement in February that ICS is opening a 52,000 square-foot manufacturing site in the township. Via Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  1. Local Entrepreneurial Endeavors and The Brains Behind Them

    Lehigh Valley Style feature includes BFTP client UBMe – “It’s an app that lets you see what’s happening around you, and connect with the people who are out there.” It’s also hyper-local, according to founder Val Arzunian. TechVentures resident company and BFTP client Carenade, also featured, is an online marketplace for in-home health services. More:

  2. US Specialty Formulations Graduates From TechVentures

    This manufacturer of sterile injectable products for pharmaceutical companies will move out of Ben Franklin TechVentures and relocate into Allentown, giving the firm space that’s roughly 37,000 square feet larger than its TechVentures home of 3,000 ft2. USSF currently employs 13 and is looking to hire more. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  3. ICS expands to new production facility

    Innovative Control Systems (ICS) is expanding its production facilities to a new 52,000-sf, state-of-the art facility in Bethlehem. The building will provide a 260% increase in floor space and will incorporate the 5S workplace organization methodology to enhance the efficiency of ICS’s production processes to meet growing demand and position ICS for long-term growth. Via Continue Reading…

  4. US Specialty Formulations pharma manufacturer chooses Allentown for expansion

    “It’s good for our economy when a high-tech business like US Specialty Formulations grows out of Ben Franklin TechVentures and into ownership of their own building in Allentown,” said Allentown Economic Development Corporation Program Manager David Dunn. “Keeping firms like this in the valley says a lot about what we have to offer.” Via AEDC:

  5. Here’s to 30 years of nurturing companies in Allentown.

    Congratulations on 30 years of success to Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network member, AEDC’s Bridgeworks Enterprise Center. Via Keystone Edge:

  6. NextShift to Streamline Healthcare Processes

    Doctors and their patients have a lot to keep track of during and after a visit – discharge instructions, medication reminders, and follow-up appointments. Ben Franklin TechVentures start-up NextShift LLC is applying technology to streamline that process. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  7. Bridgeworks Enterprise Center Reaches Capacity and Breaks Records

    Clients of the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, together earned nearly $7 million in revenue, and employed 31 full-time and another 43 part-time/contracted employees in 2018. The Allentown Economic Development Corporation announced the aggregated results of its annual Incubator Client Impact Survey.

  8. Applied Separations Featured for #NationalInventor’sDay

    Applied Separations develops machinery that utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide for processes including fragrance and spice extractions, cleaning medical implements, and waterless dyeing of textiles. The company has received multiple BFTP investments to develop its technology and streamline its manufacturing, and New Tripoli Bank helped finance Applied Separations’ headquarters in center city Allentown. Via @NewTripBank: