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Ben Franklin distributes $210,000 in latest round of grants

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Mathew Cougle, chief operating officer of Cougle’s Recycling of Hamburg, one of the recipients of matching grants from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. (File photo)
Mathew Cougle, chief operating officer of Cougle’s Recycling of Hamburg, one of the recipients of matching grants from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. (File photo)

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has approved $210,000 in investments in regional manufacturers.

A $16,000 grant was awarded to Cougle’s Recycling Inc. of Hamburg. Cougle’s will work with a university partner, Northampton Community College’s Emerging Technology Applications Center, to develop a technical and economic analysis of ways to convert waste plastic to hydro carbon oil. The company said it is hoping to come up with an efficient and responsible method of dealing with what is a growing problem of handling recyclable and non-recyclable plastics.

A $25,000 grant was given to FMI of Allentown. FMI will work with Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research to upgrade the company’s enterprise resource planning system. The goal is to allow the manufacturer to serve larger customers in the personal and pet care markets.

A $25,000 grant was given to Heyco Metals Inc. of Reading. Heyco will work with Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research to analyze and implement a new enterprise resource planning system.

A $19,000 grant was given to Lamtec Corp. of Mt. Bethel. Lamtec also will work with Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research to improve the company’s manufacturing changeover process.

A $25,000 grant was given to Misco Products Corp. of Reading. Misco, a cleaning products manufacturer, will work with Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research to develop a master plan for projected space requirements.

A $25,000 grant was given to PMA-13 Inc. of Allentown. PMA-13 will work with Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research to streamline its signage production system.

A $25,000 grant was given to Polytek Development Corp. of Easton, Polytek will work with Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research to optimize space utilization for the manufacturer of liquid rubbers and casting resins.

A $25,000 grant was given to SOLO Laboratories of Kutztown. SOLO will work with Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research to increase capacity and implement process improvements in the manufacturing of its orthotics and foot and ankle braces.

A $25,000 grant was given to Tower Products Inc. of Palmer Township. Tower will work Lehigh’s Center for Supply Chain Research, to implement a new enterprise resource planning system.

The grants Ben Franklin provides are all 1:1 matching grants to the manufacturer’s investment. They provide funding for work with a college or university partner on technology-based manufacturing innovation.

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