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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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:

  5. 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:

  6. 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…

  7. 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:

  8. 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:

  1. 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:

  2. 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.

  3. 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:

  4. Innovative Control Systems Expanding

    Ben Franklin client Innovative Control Systems, the industry-leading provider of car wash control, payment, and management systems, is expanding operations and opening a new 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in the Lehigh Valley. Via LVEDC:

  5. Carenade Health Becomes New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company

    Carenade Health is creating an easy-to-use, efficient online tool through which consumers can compare prices, read reviews, and buy in-home health care services for themselves or their loved ones. Via The Morning Call:

  6. Georg Fischer Harvel Among Global CPVC Pipe & Fittings 2018 Top Manufacturers

    The critical and significant data in the study makes the research a very important tool for experts, analysts and managers to get ready-to-access analysis by the industry professionals. More:

  7. Four Ben Franklin Clients Receive KIZ Tax Credits

    Ben Franklin clients/TechVentures resident companies NextShift Interactive, US Specialty Formulations, Logic54 LLC, and Mind Me Inc. were among seven start-ups to receive tax credits through the Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone, which is administered by the Bethlehem Economic Development Corp. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  8. OraSure to Buy Two Companies

    OraSure Technologies Inc. of Bethlehem has agreed to acquire two companies that will open new markets and add between $4 million and $7 million to its net revenues this year. Via Lehigh Valley Business: