PennTAP Helps Blair County Meat Manufacturer Secure Funding, Upgrade Compressor

Kunzler & Co. was founded in 1901, and manufactures over 500 quality meat products including hams, franks, bacon, luncheon meats and specialty products. Kunzler’s meat products can be found in supermarkets, delicatessens, convenience stores, schools, theme parks, sports complexes, restaurants, and household kitchens throughout the United States. 

Kunzler’s Director of Facilities, Rodney Shultz, wanted to have an E2 assessment done to reduce energy costs, and he was looking for funding opportunities to help offset the cost of energy projects. 

PennTAP Helps Maple Syrup Producer Acquire Funding for New Reverse Osmosis System

Frost Ridge Maple Farm is the third largest maple syrup producer in Pennsylvania. Their products are all organic and the wood used in their process is sustainably harvested from their own land. Owner Michele Mihailov learned about PennTAP through our website and reached out for assistance in applying for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to fund the implementation of a new reverse osmosis system. 

PennTAP’s Inc.U Competition Fans the Flames of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship

With a $30,000 prize on the line, six student startup teams went head-to-head in this year’s Inc.U Competition, competing on WPSU’s show, “The Investment.” Much like the show it’s modeled after, “Shark Tank,” the show and the competition give participants hope to fuel their entrepreneurial dreams and valuable experience pitching their ideas to the panel of judges. As with the 2020 competition, this year’s Inc.U was held virtually, with three Penn State student startups each winning $10,000 to boost their startups.

PennTAP Connects 3D Printer Company to Entrepreneurial Resources

Verde Mantis is located in Reading, PA and manufactures one of the easiest to use 3D printers called the Mantis 3D printer. Founder Joe Sinclair was looking for help improving and iterating on the design and functionality of the 3D printer, as well as for entrepreneurial connections to get his business off the ground. He learned about PennTAP through the Invent Penn State ecosystem and working out of Berks LaunchBox and reached out for assistance.

Startup’s recent success tied to Penn State entrepreneurial ecosystem

CEO Hunter Swisher worked with various Penn State units to launch and grow his startup, including The Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank, the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic and IP Clinic, Penn State’s Office of Technology Management, the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and PennTAP.

Five Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants

Penn State News. Penn State has been awarded five grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2 million across 29 grants in total and will bring together government, industry and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.