In 2015, a large beverage bottling plant in northeastern Pennsylvania planned to reduce its overall water usage by 25% over a ten-year period, ending in 2025. The plant’s goal was to increase profitability while reducing energy and environmental costs.
Based on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the plant also identified six focus areas for improvement: agriculture, water, packaging, product, climate, and people. These were considered during PennTAP’s assessment.
This small family-owned poultry processor located in northeastern PA is a supplier of kosher turkeys, Cornish game hens, and chickens, which are processed and sold in different size packages. In the summer of 2019, the poultry processor came to PennTAP looking for general consulting on how to reduce their energy consumption.
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 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.
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.
Innovative Sintered Metals, Inc. (ISM) is a powdered metal manufacturer located in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. PennTAP and ISM have worked on two projects together, improving the site’s productivity and reducing energy usage. The first was the installation of a pre-heat chamber on one of ISM’s sintering furnaces.
PennTAP helped Select Metal Litho acquire grant funding to assist with replacing their catalytic oxidizer with a thermal oxidizer. This new equipment uses the hazardous air emissions as the main fuel source, reducing the energy used by 40%.
PennTAP assembled a regional cohort of professionals working for K–12 schools and government facilities to conduct four hours of BRT classroom training followed by practical team-based walkthrough assessments of the participating facilities.
“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
“Working with PennTAP provided us real-world experience and feedback that you don’t typically get in a classroom setting.”
—Jacob Walters, Energy Engineering, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Class of 2018