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Pennsylvania small businesses win state grants

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 10 2014 03:05:28 PM CST
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

One hundred-and-thirty-four small businesses across Pennsylvania have been awarded state grants totaling nearly $1 million to invest in energy efficiency or pollution prevention projects.

The $996,713 in matching grants is from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“These grants are yet another example of my administration’s commitment to supporting small business owners in Pennsylvania.” said Gov. Tom Corbett, who announced the grants in a news release. “I am pleased to bolster businesses like these that are working hard to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.”

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50 percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs.

The grants will create more than $3.7 million in private-sector investment in small businesses, according to the news release.

Examples of eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.

Since 2004, the program has awarded in excess of $8.5 million to more than 1,776 small businesses statewide.

Here is a county-by-county listing of local grant recipients:

BERKS COUNTY

ACME Structure LP - $4,449

Alloy Fabrication, Inc. - $5,197
Bamboula LTD - $4,775
Eaton Farms Production LLC - $8,274
Fraccaro Industries, Inc. - $9,500
Kennedy Tool & Die - $9,500
PhytogenX, Inc. - $5,737
Queen City Family Restaurant - $9,500
Suburban Testing Labs, Inc. - $9,500

BUCKS COUNTY

Lucifer Furnaces, Inc. - $9,500
McCormick Brothers Professional Dry Cleaning Services, Inc. - $9,500

CARBON COUNTY

P.V. Mini Mall, Inc. - $3,639

LEHIGH COUNTY

Brilliant Beginners, LLC - $7,260
Eastern Surfaces, Inc. - $9,500
Michael R. Bilka – $4,450
Traci's Learning Center - $2,282

LUZERNE COUNTY

Siani's Cleaners - $5,720

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Ambler Beverage Exchange, LLC - $3,150
Electro Soft, Inc. - $4,480
Genuardi Gardens & Greenhouses - $9,500
Gwynedd Cleaners - $9,500
Marketplace Cleaners - $9,500
Penn Valley Plaza Partners - $9,500
Probes Unlimited, Inc. - $7,352
Valtech Corporation - $9,500

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY

IDP Publications - $9,500

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

C&R VIP, Inc. - $9,447
Cocoa Hut 100, Inc. - $5,335
Fanelli Warehousing & Distribution Center, Inc. - $6,086
Heckman & Laudeman, LLC - $3,438
Losch Realty Company - $9,500

For more information about how the DEP can help support small businesses or about future Small Business Advantage Grant programs, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909 or via email at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.