Three startups will join the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown in early 2014, according to the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, a nonprofit agency whose board of directors approved the move.
The early stage manufacturing companies that will join the business incubation program include Gonzo Pockets, HiJinx Brewing Company, and Zzyzx Polymers.
Gonzo Pockets manufactures specialized mesh for lacrosse stick heads using a rubberized coating. The company is founded by brothers Lou and Desi Gonzalez.
HiJinx Brewing, based in South Whitehall Township, is founded by Curt Keck and Chris Becker. The company launched the nano-brewery and placed their beers into more than a dozen Lehigh Valley bars and restaurants. The company will own a production brewery when it purchases a new 10-barrel brewing system installed at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center.
Zzyzx secured exclusive rights to nearly 20 patents revolving around new technology to create plastic compounds. The founders have applied for funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania to further develop their processes. The company's goal is to commercialize its mixing technology to create plastics with unique properties. The company also plans to disrupt the recycling industry by reusing plastics that today get sent to landfills by other waste management companies.
Anthony Durante, economic development specialist for AEDC, said each of these companies is unique and represent the fast-moving young businesses that the agency seeks.
With two of the three companies already in business and profitable and producing viable products with proven demand, Durante said this morning that the agency is not left wondering whether these companies can be successful.
The third company, Zzyzx, also shows promise since it's a Ben Franklin client, Durante said.
"They are looking to grow pretty rapidly and really large," Durante said. "Those are really the clients we are looking for, businesses that are creating five, 10, 20 jobs."
AEDC has room for 12 to 18 startups at the Bridgeworks Center, depending on each company's size, and currently has six startups, Durante said.
Gonzo Pockets should move in January, followed by Zzyzx in February and HiJinx Brewing in March, Durante said.