PennTAP Connects Small Metal Fabrication Company with Project Funding Opportunities

Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) is a metal fabrication company located in Alum Bank, Pennsylvania. It is a small business that is always looking for programs to offset capital expenditures and help them grow as a company.
In fall of 2019, MCS came to PennTAP looking for recommendations on upgrading both their onsite boiler system and the lighting system in their newly acquired machine shop.

‘The Investment’ student startup TV show taping to take place virtually

For the past three years, WPSU, Penn State University Park’s local NPR and PBS affiliate station, and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) have collaborated to host the statewide Inc.U undergraduate student startup competition. The competition culminates in the six finalists competing head-to-head on the live “Shark Tank-style” TV show, The Investment.

FirstEnergy Foundation Provides Grant Funding for Small Business Projects

The Penn State College of Engineering’s Learning Factory provides an opportunity for businesses to sponsor a team of senior undergraduate engineering students to work on an engineering design project over the course of an entire semester. Since the inception of the FirstEnergy Foundation grant program in the fall of 2018, 34 businesses have utilized the FirstEnergy Foundation grant funds to help sponsor a Learning Factory project.

Building Re-Tuning Conference Helps PA Businesses Save Money on Operating Costs

PennTAP hosted a Building Re-Tuning and Operations Conference (BRTOC) on March 3, 2020 for managers and employees from throughout Pennsylvania who oversee the success of school and municipality building performance. Over 75 attendees learned about low and no-cost opportunities to enhance their building performance and optimize energy efficiency.   

Lean Manufacturing Exercise Leads to $700,000 in Economic Benefit for Four PA Manufacturers

“PennTAP was excellent to work with. I liked that they brought college students out to help with conducting the audit. I think that is an excellent way to get them out to see the small businesses of the state!”
—Chris Groger, Maintenance Supervisor, CTC Packaging