Ben Franklin to Invest $915,141 in PA Technology
November 22, 2010 11:06 AM Eastern Time
BETHLEHEM, Pa.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern
Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) board approved the investment of $915,141in regional companies. BFTP/NEP is an
award-winning, state-funded economic development organization that links early-stage technology firms and
established companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through
Since beginning operation, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 14,301 new jobs and retain 21,236 existing jobs, to
start 408 new companies, and to develop 948 new products and processes. Ben Franklin has returned $3.50 to
Pennsylvania for every $1.00 invested in the program.
BFTP/NEP announces early-stage company investments:
Discovery Machine, Inc., Williamsport - $75,000
Develop collateral materials for entering new markets, attracting partners, and promoting software sales. Discovery
Machine (DMI) developed a suite of novel, patented software tools that enable companies to capture, manage,
automate, optimize, embed, and network the knowledge found in the experience of their key employees.
Companies’ needs to retain the expertise of staff will grow as the Baby Boomer generation continues to move into
retirement. DMI’s technology also helps protect a company’s human capital if it experiences a merger, acquisition,
or staff recruiting by competition.
EBL International, Bethlehem - $100,000
Accomplish key system development tasks and secure important operational partnerships to support EBL’s efforts
to deploy its product in China. EBL is pioneering an innovative employment-based lending model for providing credit
cards to working-class people in countries where credit rating systems do not exist. EBL’s custom application will
be developed to efficiently facilitate the interactions among employers, workers, banks, and merchants to provide a
new approach to employment-based lending.
EthosGen, LLC, Dallas - $125,000
Develop and beta test on-site renewable biomass-based energy production systems. The systems use new
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) greenhouses to grow high-energy- value crops. These highly efficient,
non-edible grasses are harvested and converted into fuels to produce electricity on-site. Current competitive open-
field biomass systems cannot be located where the energy is needed, nor can they produce a continuous supply of
eVendor Check, Hawley - $100,000
Further enhance the current software for the company’s web-based customer feedback system for procurement
professionals. eVendor Check’s clients reduce risks associated with vendor selection by using patent-pending survey
tools and a supporting database, rather than the conventional, less-effective telephone-based method of vendor
investigation. eVendor Check will develop automated product features, establish on-line tutorials, and mobile
applications to enhance the user experience and increase sales.
Snake Creek Lasers, Hallstead - $100,000
Experimentally verify a new opto-thermal laser-resonator theory and advance current laser designs to improve
output-power tunability and reproducibility over large ranges. Snake Creek Lasers is a premier supplier of
miniaturized lasers, laser modules, and high-power cryogenic lasers for defense and commercial applications. This
investment will also help the company to identify secondary sources for critical components.
SuccessTSM, Tobyhanna - $50,000
Create a graphical user interface for the company’s product that addresses Disaster Recovery Management (DRM)
in a cost-effective and affordable manner. SuccessTSM has created a platform that works with IBM’s widely used
Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) system to make the DRM process easier, faster, and more reliable through an easy-
to-navigate graphical user interface.
Taylored Building Solutions, LLC, Taylor - $100,000
Develop a distribution channel strategy for marketing construction components to the site-built industry in residential
housing. Taylored Building Solutions (TBS) custom manufactures housing components for builders in whatever
configuration or degree of completeness they require. TBS will also continue to supply modular home builders with
XiGo Nanotools, Bethlehem - $100,000
Train partners in high-growth markets in the Asia/Pacific region in the use and marketing of the Acorn Area™
product to enhance sales. XiGo manufactures this patented, shoebox-size device that rapidly measures the wetted
surface area of nano-particles using magnetic resonance. The surface area directly relates to product performance in
many industrial applications including energy, electronics, ceramics, and pharmaceuticals. Currently there are no
efficient methods to measure this.
Ben Franklin announces established manufacturer company investments:
Crispin Valve, Berwick - $11,600
Determine fluid-flow characteristics for all valve sizes up to a 96” diameter. Crispin Valve manufactures butterfly
valves for the municipal water industry, and has designed a new product line which will allow the company to expand
East Penn Manufacturing Company, Lyon Station - $25,000
With help from the Emerging Technologies Application Center at Northampton Community College, develop
process-optimization strategies in support of the company’s new advanced battery products. East Penn
Manufacturing, the largest manufacturing employer in Berks County, produces thousands of different sizes and types
of lead-acid batteries, battery accessories, and wire and cable products. East Penn seeks to reduce the product
drying time while minimizing substrate heat to maximize product through-put.
Electro Chemical & Manufacturing Company, Emmaus - $15,000
With help from Lehigh University, develop an adhesive that will allow lined vessels used in production to be
implemented in applications requiring a greater range of temperature and pressure conditions than the company’s
current product line. The company produces thermoplastic- and fluoropolymer-lined steel vessels used to
manufacture, distribute, and store corrosive chemicals.
Noble Biomaterials, Inc., Scranton - $13,650
With the Emerging Technologies Application Center at Northampton Community College, conduct a mine pool
geothermal feasibility study at the company’s facility site. Geothermal processes may be utilized to control the
temperature of water used in production and to provide environmental humidity and temperature control in the plant.
Noble develops, manufactures, and markets advanced antimicrobial technologies designed to manage bacterial
contamination for medical, defense, industrial, and consumer markets. Noble’s core technology, X-STATIC®, is a
proprietary silver-based antimicrobial solution used for mission-critical applications including advanced wound care,
infection control, and odor elimination.
Strong Industries, Inc., Northumberland - $49,891
With Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center, identify and implement operational improvement opportunities
that developed during the company’s recent business transformation and growth. Originally a molder of various
consumer goods, Strong has grown significantly and now focuses on the pool and spa market.
Ward Manufacturing, Blossburg - $50,000
Design, build, and implement a demonstration-scale core making machine at Penn State University, and a full-scale
version at Ward Manufacturing Company. Ward produces malleable and cast iron fittings. The demo machine will
be designed to process low-volatile organic compound (VOC) binders as those binders are optimized. The
equipment at Ward will immediately facilitate a 29% reduction in the energy needed to make cores using
conventional binders, and energy savings will continue to grow.
Laura S. Eppler, Director of Marketing, 610-758-5237