Ben Franklin to Invest $210,000 in Manufacturing Innovation

Investments in 9 Established Manufacturers

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $210,000 in manufacturers to support regional economic development. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding for work with a college or university partner on technology-based manufacturing innovation. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work.

Cougle’s Recycling, Inc., www.couglesrecycling.com, Hamburg, Berks County

Ben Franklin Investment: $16,000

University Partner: Northampton Community College’s Emerging Technology Applications Center

Develop a technical and economic analysis of various process methodologies to convert waste plastic to hydrocarbon oil at this post-consumer and post-industrial recycler. There is a growing problem with the environmentally conscious handling of recyclable and non-recyclable plastics. This issue has been exacerbated by the limited demand in domestic and foreign markets. Cougle’s seeks an efficient and responsible method to manage the waste stream.

FMI, www.fragrancemfg.com, Allentown, Lehigh County

Ben Franklin Investment: continuation project $25,000

University Partner: Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research

Upgrade FMI’s Enterprise Resource Planning system to accommodate growth so the company can operate more efficiently and serve larger customers. FMI provides contract manufacturing for a wide range of clients in the skin care, personal care, hair care, and pet care markets. Its materials are sold throughout the world and comprise products in most major domestic retailers.

Heyco Metals, Inc., www.heycometals.com, Reading, Berks County

Ben Franklin Investment: continuation project $25,000

University Partner: Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research

Analyze business processes and requirements, and then select and implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning system. Heyco Metals is a precision mill that produces copper and copper alloy coil and stainless steel strip to exacting specifications, primarily for electronic connectors and consumer electronics.

Lamtec Corporation, www.lamtec.com, Mt. Bethel, Northampton County

Ben Franklin Investment: continuation project $19,000

University Partner: Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center

Complete the design of a new material handling system and improve the company’s manufacturing changeover process. Lamtec is a global supplier of insulation vapor retarders and facings to leading manufacturers, laminators, and fabricators of fiberglass, rock wool, foam board, and tape.

Misco Products Corporation, www.miscoproducts.com, Reading, Berks County

Ben Franklin Investment: co