Success Stories

Milton Roy – A Case Study

Company Profile

Milton Roy is an Ivyland, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of highly engineered products and equipment. Founder Milton Roy Sheen invented the step valve metering pump in 1936, and in the years since, the company he co-founded has continued to respond to and anticipate industry changes in order to meet and exceed customer expectations. Read more…

Milton Roy – A Case Study

Strip District-based company uses slower winds to draw energy for Western PA

WindStax is aiming to make wind energy work in Pittsburgh.

Surrounded by hills, the city is not ideal for the traditional wind turbine that requires high-speed, less-turbulent air.

Strip District-based company uses slower winds to draw energy for Western PA

Pennsylvania Labor, Business Groups Unite in Support of Energy Infrastructure Development

Chambers of commerce in eastern and western Pennsylvania and local labor organizations today joined forces to launch the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition in support of timely approval for critical energy infrastructure in the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania Labor, Business Groups Unite in Support of Energy Infrastructure Development

Commonwealth Financing Authority Announces New Alternative, Clean Energy Investments

Governor Wolf announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved funding to support seven new Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) projects with the investment of more than $8.12 million in grants and $1.74 million in loans.

Commonwealth Financing Authority Announces New Alternative, Clean Energy Investments

Saladax Launches New Chemotherapy Diagnostic Test

Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a Bethlehem, Pa.-based company that develops and commercializes diagnostic tests, is launching a new diagnostic test called MyImatinib, which determines a patient’s exposure to chemotherapy in an effort to improve and personalize dosing. The tests provide oncologists with specific information about each patient’s exposure to chemotherapy, helping the doctor make decisions on […]

Saladax Launches New Chemotherapy Diagnostic Test

Orasure Enters into $75M agreement with AbbVie for Rapid Hepatitis C Test

OraSure Technologies, a Bethlehem, Pa.-based developer and manufacturer of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices, announced in the summer of 2014 it had entered into an agreement with biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, which will pay OraSure $75 million for exclusive rights to sell its rapid hepatitis C test through 2019. OraSure’s HCV test is the only […]

Orasure Enters into $75M agreement with AbbVie for Rapid Hepatitis C Test

B. Braun Announces Joint Venture with Next-Gen Sequencing Company

B. Braun, a global medical device manufacturer and pharmaceutical company located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, announced a joint venture with German company CeGaT GmbH on next-generation sequencing technology, which it seeks to establish as the standard of diagnostic care for a variety of cancers, neuromuscular diseases, and epilepsy. The technology sequences DNA and RNA quickly and affordably, which helps doctors customize their treatment to specific conditions. Read more

B. Braun Announces Joint Venture with Next-Gen Sequencing Company

German manufacturer, Hydrotechnik establishes North American presence in Allegheny County

The German manufacturer of high-specification measuring instruments, Hydrotechnik, established its North American presence in Allegheny County, creating 15 new jobs.

German manufacturer, Hydrotechnik establishes North American presence in Allegheny County

French Company forms partnership to establish manufacturing facility in Lebanon

French Company, Millet Plastics, formed a partnership with PSPM to establish a larger manufacturing facility of agribusiness packaging products in Lebanon County, creating 20 new jobs.

French Company forms partnership to establish manufacturing facility in Lebanon

Brazilian manufacturer establishes first U.S. facility in Franklin County

Torcomp, the Brazilian machinery manufacturer and supplier to Volvo Construction in Shippensburg has established its first U.S. facility in Franklin County, creating 73 new jobs.

Brazilian manufacturer establishes first U.S. facility in Franklin County

Austrian packaging manufacturer, Greiner Packaging picks Luzerne County for its U.S. headquarters

Austrian packaging manufacturer, Greiner Packaging, has established its U.S. headquarters in Luzerne County, creating 128 new jobs. They will produce premium packaging of cups and lids, as well as other convenience and sustainable items for the food industry.

Austrian packaging manufacturer, Greiner Packaging picks Luzerne County for its U.S. headquarters

World Leader in Aircraft Landing and Braking Systems Establishes Lehigh Valley Facility

On the eve of an international business development tour to attract foreign direct investment to the region, the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) has announced a French multi-national aircraft landing and braking systems company has established a facility in the Lehigh Valley.

A world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems, Messier-Buggati-Dotwy is a subsidiary of Safran, an international high-technology group and supplier of systems and equipment in the markets of aerospace, defense and security. Messier-Buggati-Dowty has established a new wheel and brake repair facility in Lower Nazareth Township, where it will provide maintenance, repair and operations services for such commercial airline brands as Boeing, Airbus and JetBlue. Read more…

World Leader in Aircraft Landing and Braking Systems Establishes Lehigh Valley Facility

Lehigh Valley International Airport looking to attract business through state tax break

Officials with the Lehigh Valley International Airport traveled to Florida last week in an effort to drum up business courtesy of a tax break approved by Pennsylvania lawmakers in 2013.

Lehigh Valley International Airport looking to attract business through state tax break

Maureen O’Connor of LEM Products, Inc. – A Case Study

Company Profile

Founded in 1967, LEM Products Inc. is a global provider of custom and stock identification products of all types. These find use in a broad range of industries, including: utility, electrical, telecommunication, construction, OEM, HVAC, marine, aerospace, facility maintenance, food processing, plant maintenance, safety and transportation, and others.Read more…

Maureen O’Connor of LEM Products, Inc. – A Case Study

Richard Paynton of Dontech, Inc. – a Case Study

Dontech, Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008-certified designer and manufacturer of optical filters and components for electronic display enhancement and optical assemblies. The company provides optical filters and components used to enhance a wide variety of electronic displays, including LCDs, optical components and assemblies, organic LEDs, CRTs, Electroluminescent (EL) displays, and plasma displays.

Richard Paynton of Dontech, Inc. – a Case Study

Tech Molded Plastic completes Website Upgrade

Tech Molded Plastics is a solution oriented, full-service supplier of engineering, design, precision tooling and custom injection molded plastics. Located in Meadville (Crawford County), PA, the family owned business was founded in 1972 in the back of a rented garage. Since then, it has grown to become a key employer in the community with 125 employees. The company is focused on innovation, training and technology and exemplifies the competitive spirit and entrepreneurship of a Made In America product and company. Read more…

Tech Molded Plastic completes Website Upgrade

D&E Machining increases capacity utilization with ERP Implementation

D & E Machining is a Corry, PA company with full turnkey capabilities to precision machine various materials, including steels, cast iron, non-ferrous, exotics & plastics. The company was founded in 1993, currently employs 43 people, and is ISO 9001:2008 certified. They feature state-of-the-art CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, and two robotic cells. Read more…

IT Kickstart: Website development for Dangelo’s Custom Manufacturing

Dangelo’s Custom Built Mfg. LLC started in 2006, after 30 years in the Towing industry and 35 years in the Auto Body Industry as Dangelo’s Auto Body and Repairs. Dangelo’s manufactures quality custom built heavy duty towing vehicles to customers’ exact specifications. Read more…

IT Kickstart: Website development for Dangelo’s Custom Manufacturing

LSGPA: The Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA) Invests in Two Central Pennsylvania Life Sciences Companies

September 1, 2015:

The Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA) announced today that it has made follow-on investments in two of its portfolio companies – MacuLogix, Inc. and Micro Interventional Devices, Inc. Each company is receiving a $250,000 investment.

MacuLogix, Inc. of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania recently launched an FDA-approved device for early detection of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in adults. The device, called AdaptDx®, helps identify individuals at the earliest possible stage of AMD. LSGPA’s $250K investment was part of a $5 million round led by Fisk Ventures, LLC. MacuLogix plans to expand commercialization of their novel diagnostic tool.

Micro Interventional Devices, Inc. (MID) is an emerging cardiovascular medical device company based in Newtown, Pennsylvania. The company’s lead technology is Permaseal™, a device used to provide access and closure via the apex of the heart. Permaseal utilizes soft tissue PolyCorTM anchors to provide highly effective wound closure after structural heart repair procedures such as a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). LSGPA’s $250K investment was part of a $1.5 million round, led by Originate Ventures. This investment will help Micro Interventional obtain needed regulatory approval and begin commercial sales.

Read more at LSGPA.com

LSGPA: The Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA) Invests in Two Central Pennsylvania Life Sciences Companies

Ripon Advance: FAA awards $1.4 million grant to Pennsylvania’s University Park Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded the University Park Airport in State College, Pennsylvania a grant totaling more than $1.4 million, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) announced earlier this week.

The money will be used to used to refurbish the facility’s apron area, where planes are parked for maintenance and fueling.

Ripon Advance: FAA awards $1.4 million grant to Pennsylvania’s University Park Airport

Pennsylvania Farm Stays

If sampling at farmers markets and touring local wineries doesn’t quite fill that harvest appetite, visitors can also experience Pennsylvania’s agriculture product in a hands-on way by staying overnight at a local farm. Many of these agritourism experiences even allow visitors to get their hands dirty by helping out with family farm chores or taking part in picking this year’s harvest.

Pennsylvania Farm Stays

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center

Gettysburg is famous, and justifiably so. In 1863, in this small town in southern Pennsylvania, something happened that profoundly influenced our country’s development and shaped our national character. Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest fight ever to take place on American soil. To this day, the Battle of Gettysburg evokes images of brutal conditions, intense emotions, and divided loyalties. For three days in July, 65,000 Confederate and 90,000 Union soldiers fought in a battle that pitted brother against brother. Considered the turning point of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg holds a unique position in our collective imagination and serves as a potent symbol of America’s struggle to survive. Today, Gettysburg is home to the largest …

Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center

FAA backs Bun Air Avionics, boosts Bedford County economy

Aircraft owners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region can now gravitate towards Bedford County for equipment needs due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of Bun Air Avionics, a new subsidiary of Bun Air Corporation, it was revealed April 14.

The certification was facilitated by the 2013 passing of The Pennsylvania State Fixed–Wing Tax Exemption, which removed the Pennsylvania sales tax on aircraft parts and labor, and will likely serve the county’s economy well. Bun Air is authorized to deliver equipment installation, testing and repair service, with an emphasis on Avionics, which includes communication, navigation, autopilot and display equipment used in flight craft.

FAA backs Bun Air Avionics, boosts Bedford County economy

Denali Sourcing Services sees major growth in its Pittsburgh office

Indian consulting company, Denali, expanded their Pittsburgh office from 20 employees to 55 by the end of 2014. They are one of the fastest-growing small companies in the U.S.

Denali Sourcing Services sees major growth in its Pittsburgh office

North American provider of industrial noise control solutions comes to Mercer County creating 126 new jobs

Noise Solutions Inc. is the leading North American provider of engineered turnkey industrial noise control for oil and gas, mining, power and aerospace industries. They have established a new manufacturing plant in Mercer County to serve the U.S. market, creating 126 new jobs.

North American provider of industrial noise control solutions comes to Mercer County creating 126 new jobs

New B. Braun venture seeking acceptance of genetic sequencing method

B. Braun, a global medical device manufacturer and pharmaceutical company located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, announced a joint venture with German company CeGaT GmbH on next-generation sequencing technology, which it seeks to establish as the standard of diagnostic care for a variety of cancers, neuromuscular diseases, and epilepsy. The technology sequences DNA and RNA quickly and affordably, which helps doctors customize their treatment to specific conditions

New B. Braun venture seeking acceptance of genetic sequencing method

Videon – Simply Moving Media

For many of us, digitally-based media is virtually a constant presence in our lives. We sync our phones to our vehicle’s sound system, watch movies and play games on overseas flights, and enjoy first run films on the TV in our living room. Videon is in the middle of much of today’s cutting edge technology, helping companies move their digital media initiatives from concept to market. Over 30 million devices are using the State College firm’s streaming media, DVD, and Blu-ray technology.

Videon – Simply Moving Media

Nuts About Granola

Nuts About Granola, a food manufacturing company specializing in freshly made granola using natural and organic ingredients in York, Pa., was born out of a creative fundraiser driven by former Elizabethtown College student Sarah Lanphier. As captain of the college’s triathlon team, Lanphier needed seed money to compete in events. She also recognized a void when reaching for healthier snack options on the grocery store shelves. Using a granola recipe she had on hand, Lanphier created and sold granola to friends and family to fuel her team’s triathlon participation and provide a healthy snack option.

Nuts About Granola

Northern Tier Online Training Program Takes Off

In 2014 , The Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission funded an online training course known as the Online Broadband & Technology Training program (OBTT). The program is geared towards career advancement for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Many of the courses were selected with local government, non-profit, and small business owners in […]

Northern Tier Online Training Program Takes Off

North Central PA Online Training Program Enhances Job Options

In 2014 , The North Central Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance funded an online training course known as the Online Broadband & Technology Training program (OBTT). The program is geared towards career advancement for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Many of the courses were selected with local government, non-profit, and small business owners in […]

North Central PA Online Training Program Enhances Job Options

Delaware Valley Regional Online Training Advances PA Jobs

In 2014 , The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission funded an online training course known as the Online Broadband & Technology Training program (OBTT). The program is geared towards career advancement for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Many of the courses were selected with local government, non-profit, and small business owners in mind; however, […]

Delaware Valley Regional Online Training Advances PA Jobs

SEDA Online Training Program Finds Success

In 2014 , The SEDA-Council of Goverments funded an online training course known as the Online Broadband & Technology Training program (OBTT). The program is geared towards career advancement for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Many of the courses were selected with local government, non-profit, and small business owners in mind; however, they are […]

SEDA Online Training Program Finds Success

Northeast PA Online Training Program Creates Job Opportunities

In 2014 , The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) funded an online training course known as the Online Broadband & Technology Training program (OBTT). The program is geared towards career advancement for individuals interested in sharpening their skills. Many of the courses were selected with local government, non-profit, and small business owners in mind; however, they are perfect for any young adult job seekers as well as adults looking to advance themselves both personally and professionally.

Northeast PA Online Training Program Creates Job Opportunities

Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue Formed to Save Municipalities Money; Improve Service

With technical assistance from the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS), the Keystone Steam Fire Company No. 1, Friendship Hook and Ladder and Liberty fire companies in Berks County have consolidated operations into a single company to improve services and reduce costs to taxpayers. The new organization will be known as the Boyertown Area […]

Boyertown Area Fire and Rescue Formed to Save Municipalities Money; Improve Service

Center Helps Rebuild Neighborhood Playground in Philly

During the 115th Annual PA Municipal League Convention, staff from the Center took part in revitalizing a playground in the host community, Philadelphia. Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter and other prominent local government officials joined staff from the Center and volunteers to clean, paint and landscape the Clayborn & Lewis Playground. The project was a combined […]

Center Helps Rebuild Neighborhood Playground in Philly

OraSure expects to be profitable in 2015

OraSure Technologies, a Bethlehem, Pa.-based developer and manufacturer of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices, announced in the summer of 2014 it had entered into an agreement with biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, which will pay OraSure $75 million for exclusive rights to sell its rapid hepatitis C test through 2019. OraSure’s HCV test is the only federally-approved rapid test for the virus and provides results in as little as 20 minutes, allowing patients to be referred for treatment immediately. Additionally, federal agencies and private-sector entities approached OraSure this year to investigate whether its technology for in-home HIV tests could be used to screen or the Ebola virus. The testing technology is easy to use, produces a quick result, and, unlike current Ebola tests, does not require blood to be drawn.

OraSure expects to be profitable in 2015

Saladax Biomedical Announces U.S. Launch of MyImatinib Chemotherapy Exposure Optimization Test

Saladax Biomedical, Inc., a Bethlehem, Pa.-based company that develops and commercializes diagnostic tests, is launching a new diagnostic test called MyImatinib, which determines a patient’s exposure to chemotherapy in an effort to improve and personalize dosing. The tests provide oncologists with specific information about each patient’s exposure to chemotherapy, helping the doctor make decisions on drug dose adjustments, improving the therapy’s effectiveness and limiting potential side effects. Kevin Harter, president and CEO of Saladax Biomedical, reports that a company analysis found 50 percent of patients are not receiving an optimal chemotherapy dosage, and these tests should help improve that.

Saladax Biomedical Announces U.S. Launch of MyImatinib Chemotherapy Exposure Optimization Test

Chinese manufacturer establishes first manufacturing site in Lehigh County creating 75 new jobs

Chinese manufacturer, Taizhou Fuling Plastics, has established its first manufacturing site in the U.S. in Lehigh County creating 75 new jobs. Fuling is recognized as the leading exporter of plastic tableware and kitchenware, a national high-tech enterprise and an environmentally friendly company.

Chinese manufacturer establishes first manufacturing site in Lehigh County creating 75 new jobs

Australian energy efficiency company, Ecosave, selected the Navy Yard in Philadelphia

Australian energy efficiency company, Ecosave, selected the Navy Yard in Philadelphia for the location of its U.S. headquarters and first location in North America, creating 125 new jobs.

Australian energy efficiency company, Ecosave, selected the Navy Yard in Philadelphia

New Pig has signed a Chilean-based distributor, resulting in new export sales

New Pig has signed a Chilean-based distributor, resulting in new export sales.

New Pig has signed a Chilean-based distributor, resulting in new export sales

Logistics Plus has signed agency agreements with two logistics companies

Logistics Plus participated in Mission to Brazil and Chile. Working with OIBD, Logistics Plus has signed agency agreements with two logistics companies in Brazil and one in Chile.

Logistics Plus has signed agency agreements with two logistics companies

Fredericks Company Builds Taiwan Business

The Fredericks Company manufactures and markets tilt sensors, vacuum measurement devices and inclination monitors. The company was assisted by OIBD’s export development program over the last two years with an initial distributor search, background checks and interviews along with grants supporting client travel for in-country meetings with current, new customers and distributor prospects. As a result of these efforts, Fredericks …

Fredericks Company Builds Taiwan Business

PAMEX Helps CAB Sell Into Southern Africa Markets (Cambria)

Since 2012, the Cambria County Association for Blind & Handicapped (CAB) has been a member of OIBD’s PA Mining Exports Initiative (PAMEX) consortium and has used the program to locate suitable distributors in South Africa and surrounding markets. CAB continues to grow their reach in the mining industry and has signed several authorized …

PAMEX Helps CAB Sell Into Southern Africa Markets (Cambria)

Micro Interventional Devices, Inc. (MID) is developing a strategy for minimally invasive structural heart repair procedures

Micro Interventional Devices, Inc., (MID), based in Newtown, Pa., is an early-stage medical device company that designs, manufactures, and commercializes proprietary technologies targeting unmet needs in the treatment of structural heart diseases. MID is developing a disruptive technology that enables some heart surgeries to be conducted through a puncture in the skin as opposed to open surgery that sometimes involves opening the patient’s ribcage, creating possibilities for life-saving surgeries among patients who were not previously candidates. The new, minimally invasive structural heart repair procedure greatly reduces healing time. MID’s initial product is the PermasealTM device.

Micro Interventional Devices, Inc. (MID) is developing a strategy for minimally invasive structural heart repair procedures

Cerora, Inc.’s product, Cerora Qumpass, is creating cutting-edge advancements

The rapid diagnosis of brain disease and injuries can lead to early and effective intervention with resulting cost savings, improved clinical outcomes, and increased patient satisfaction for people with concussions/traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other neurologic and psychiatric conditions. There are currently no affordable, portable, and accurate neuro-diagnostics available to physicians, nurses, first responders, and trainers for use in real time.

Cerora, Inc.’s product, Cerora Qumpass, is creating cutting-edge advancements

Cohera Medical, Inc. Receives FDA Approval of First Tissue Adhesive For Internal Use in the U.S.

Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, across the Allegheny River from city center, Cohera Medical, Inc. is committed to creating surgical adhesives and sealants that improve patient care and quality of life for all surgical procedures, applications, and specialties. The company has entered the European market with its first product offering, TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive, which is …

Cohera Medical, Inc. Receives FDA Approval of First Tissue Adhesive For Internal Use in the U.S.

ZOLL: Medical Devices and Software Solutions

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a medical device and software solutions provider, is demonstrating the advances which can be catalyzed when two key industry sectors — such as manufacturing and information technology — converge in the Pittsburgh region. ZOLL helps responders manage, treat, and save lives, whether in emergency rescues, in hospitals, at work or home, in doctors’ and dentists’ offices and schools, in public places, and on the battlefield. ZOLL’s products contribute to managing patient care and saving lives, as well as increasing the efficiency of emergency medical, fire, and hospital operations around the globe. Among ZOLL’s leading innovations are: (read more)

ZOLL: Medical Devices and Software Solutions

Westfall Township and West Hazleton Borough Exit Act 47

In 2014, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) determined that Westfall Township and West Hazleton Borough have met the criteria for rescission of the Act 47 “distressed” status, representing the second and third municipalities to exit Act 47 in 2014 and the first municipalities to exit Act 47 since 2007. DCED recognized the […]

Westfall Township and West Hazleton Borough Exit Act 47
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