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STATE ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

 STATE ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ben Franklin Partnership has approved grants of $478,990 that will enable seven Pennsylvania companies to develop and market new environmental technologies, State Commerce Secretary Andrew T. Greenberg announced today.
 The Partnership, which is chaired by Greenberg, approved grants for projects in Berks, Bucks, Cambria, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, and York counties.
 The funding, authorized by the Municipal Recycling Act, is targeted for projects that emphasize municipal waste recycling.
 "Pennsylvania is a strong supporter of emerging technologies that create opportunities and jobs for our citizens," Greenberg said. "These seven grants support companies developing technologies that will help preserve and protect the environment.
 "An added bonus is the fact that the program is funded by the waste management industry through landfill fees collected by the Department of Environmental Resources."
 The projects receiving grants are as follows:
 Berks County -- $15,000 to Hargro Flexible Manufacturing of Boyertown for a continuing project to develop a manufacturing process that uses recycled plastic polymer in place of plastic containers. Recycled plastic polymer will reduce the need for landfill space to dispose of plastic containers. The project has received $32,000 in state funding over the past three years.
 Bucks County -- $92,000 to Paramount Packaging of Chalfont for a continuing project to test the commercial possibilities of recycled polyethylene for use in the packaging of pet food, animal feed and fertilizer. To date, the company, which manufactures plastic packaging for food-processing, pharmaceutical and health care companies, has received $165,000 in state funding.
 Cambria County -- $22,935 to Nimby Inc. of Johnstown to develop and test a biodegradable soil mulch manufactured from recycled newspapers. If the product is successfully developed, it will create a new market for recycled newspapers and reduce the need for landfill space required for the disposal of newspapers and used plastic mulches.
 Delaware County -- $99,983 to Duraplast Corp. of Upland to continue the development and testing of thin plastic lumber segments produced from recycled plastic. If successfully brought to market, the product will offer a recyclable alternative to pressure-treated lumber, concrete and metal. In the past three years, the company has received $193,983 in state funding.
 Montgomery County -- $99,082 to Vortec Corp., Collegeville, to develop a process to convert broken glass into fiberglass insulation. Currently, nearly 25 percent of all glass containers collected at recycling points are broken and unmarketable. The broken glass will be supplied by the City of Philadelphia's Recycling Office.
 Northampton County -- $99,990 to J.H. Beers Inc. of Wind Gap to develop a process using electrostatic precipitation to separate fiberglass byproducts from carbon black particles. Successful commercialization will produce two marketable byproducts -- fiberglass byproducts and carbon black particles -- and reduce the need to dispose of large quantities of used tires.
 York County -- $50,000 to PolyVISIONS Inc. of York to develop a process that will convert plastic products that cannot now be recycled into a recycled and marketable plastic product.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis V. Curtin of the Department of Commerce, 717-783-1132/ CO: Department of Commerce ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU:


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