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  1. TechVentures Startup is Revolutionizing the Information Kiosk Industry

    HootBoard has developed a digital concierge platform, providing informative hardware and software in public places the way smartphones provide information in the palm of a user’s hand. Via LVEDC:

  2. HootBoard – New Ben Franklin TechVentures Resident Company  

     Technology That Customizes Information Kiosks Faster, Cheaper, and Better HootBoard is changing the way people get information in hotels, schools, hospitals and workplaces. The company has developed a digital concierge platform; in other words, Hootboard provides information-rich hardware and software in public places the way smart phones provide information in the palm of a user’s Continue Reading…

  3. 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:

  4. 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

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  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. 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:

  1. 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…

  2. 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:

  3. 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:

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. US Specialty Formulations Growing in TechVentures

    Producer of Sterile Injectable Pharmaceuticals for Custom-Manufactured Drugs Millions of Americans require specialized and custom-manufactured drugs, and the current infrastructure is insufficient to support the required therapies. In the past, and still sometimes today, these custom-manufactured drugs are produced in pharmacies and other facilities that are inconsistent and less regulated. As a US Food and Drug Continue Reading…

  7. Freshpet Plans Lehigh Valley Expansion That Could Add Up to 200 Jobs

    Specialty pet food maker Freshpet Inc. has announced a $100 million investment for a 90,000-square-foot addition to its manufacturing plant and purchase of equipment. The expansion has the potential add up to 200 regional jobs. Via Morning Call:

  8. Drone Pilot Service Awarded $100,000 Investment

    BFTP Client ConnexiCore provides commercial drone flight services to clients across the U.S. for applications ranging from architecture to agriculture and other industries. It also serves as a consultant on artificial intelligence, asset management software, and unmanned aerial systems operations. Via Pocono Record: