Ben Franklin makes latest round of technology investments

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Bethlehem has approved investments totaling $392,200 to be split between three early-stage firms and seven established manufacturers in the region.

Heudia Health LLC of East Stroudsburg will receive a $50,000 investment to continue a project to expand business development and complete software initiatives. Heudia is a technology-driven health care company aimed at empowering people to live healthier, more productive lives.

Med-Con Technologies LLC of Bethlehem will receive an investment of $100,000 to begin commercializing a digital mobile solution designed to increase patient adherence to medication and enhancing clinical oversight.

Skillion Inc. of Bethlehem will receive $100,000 to complete development of a mobile app and connected device for remotely monitoring and controlling products, such as electronic bikes, to help manage rentals and prevent theft.

A number of manufacturers will also receive matching funds for their work with university partners.

Adelphia Seafood of West Lawn will receive $7,000 to work with Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research to complete improvements in its production and packaging areas.

Blaschak Coal Corp. of Mahanoy City will receive $25,000 to work with Lehigh University’s Energy Research Center to develop a process to efficiently extract rare earth elements and critical minerals from anthracite-based resources.

Freshpet of Hanover Township Northampton County will receive $25,000 to work with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center to improve product and customer satisfaction for its refrigerated dog and cat food.

M.J. Reider Associates Inc. of Reading will receive $17,600 to work with Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research to improve efficiencies in its analytic testing for water. The firm is growing due to an increased emphasis on monitoring drinking water.

Prizer-Painter Stove Works Inc. of Blandon will receive $17,600 to work with Lehigh University’s Center for Supply Chain Research to make improvements in its enterprise resources planning system to grow and maximize efficiency. The company is a manufacturer of high-end residential kitchen appliances.

Reitnouer Inc. of Birdsboro will receive $25,000 to work with Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center to complete planning and development of a new facility for the manufacturing of aluminum flatbed and drop-deck trailers.

Investments were also made in Lackawanna County.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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