New Investments to Grow Manufacturing Jobs

Low-interest loans approved by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) will help three manufacturers in Allegheny, Bucks and Philadelphia counties to expand and create at least 124 new jobs.

“Governor Corbett is committed to putting Pennsylvanians back to work through investing in our workers and partnering with job creators,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker. “The low-interest loans approved today mean three Pennsylvania manufacturers will have the resources needed to continue growing and creating jobs in the state.”

PIDA approved $4.76 million in low-interest loans for three projects that will result in the retention of 433 jobs and the creation of 124 new manufacturing jobs. The three companies will make additional private investments totaling $7.87 million.

“Under the governor’s leadership, we’ve recently seen the largest increase in manufacturing jobs in the state since 1991,” Walker said. “Continued support of our state’s manufacturers will result in a strong economy and more jobs for Pennsylvanians.”

In 2012, PIDA has approved $26.3 million in low-interest loans that have resulted in $66.2 million in private investment and supported 2,099 jobs.

PIDA provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.

In Bucks County, PIDC approved the expansion of Eastern Manufacturing Inc., which manufactures catalytic converters for automobiles. The company will acquire and renovate a 102,482-square-foot building adjacent to its current facility in Langhorne. The expansion project is expected to result in 40 new jobs and the retention of 100 existing positions. Eastern Manufacturing will receive a $2 million, 15-year loan at 1.75 percent which will result in an additional $3.7 million of private investment. The sponsoring agency is the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation.

In Philadelphia County, Medical Products Laboratories Inc., a contract dental products manufacturer, will construct a new, 27,027-square-foot manufacturing/warehouse facility to connect two existing structures in Philadelphia. The three joined structures will create a state-of-the-art manufacturing and research and development facility that will result in 34 new jobs and the retention of 143 existing positions. Medical Products Laboratories will receive a $1.2 million, 15-year loan at 1.75 percent which will result in an additional $1.8 million of private investment. The PIDC Financing Corporation is the sponsoring agency.

Select Greater Philadelphia Announces Plans to Publish GROWTH Magazine

Select Greater Philadelphia has partnered with Journal Communications, publisher of economic development guides, to develop GROWTH: Business Success in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The publication will be distributed to national and international business leaders considering Greater Philadelphia for a business location, site selectors, key economic development and government partners, and at national and international trade shows, foreign trade missions, and major events.

The 1st edition of GROWTH, due to launch around February of 2013, will feature Greater Philadelphia’s extraordinary “eds and meds” capacity and the great work being done all across the region. Other articles will shine a spotlight on the region’s quality of life amenities, such as a strong healthcare sector, natural beauty and a vibrant arts and cultural scene.

The publication will also include original photography and articles focusing on the assets that give the region an advantage for attracting and retaining jobs — a talented and plentiful workforce, solid transportation system and industrial infrastructure.

GROWTH: Business Success in the Greater Philadelphia Region is supported by area businesses through advertisements. To learn how you can be a part of this effort, contact Matt McWhorter at [email protected] or 615-957-8347.

DuPont Awards $5 Million to the University of Delaware

The University of Delaware (UD) has received a $5 million gift from DuPont to support the construction of the 197,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE-Lab) on the University’s Newark campus. In recognition of the company’s leadership support, an instructional wing of the new facility will be known as the “DuPont Science Learning Center.”

The gift is the latest chapter in a strong relationship between UD and DuPont that has spanned over a century and in which DuPont has supported academic, programmatic and capital building initiatives throughout the University.

DuPont was an important partner in the creation of the Delaware Technology Park and Delaware Biotechnology Institute in 2000, provided substantial support for the construction of Lammot du Pont Hall in 1993, and in 1988 DuPont helped fund renovations to Colburn Lab. Additionally, DuPont has supported many faculty positions and student activities at UD over the years.

“The history of DuPont and the history of the University of Delaware are inextricably linked,” said UD President Patrick Harker. “We’ve benefited from DuPont’s partnership and generosity for many, many years, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the company’s abiding dedication to UD, and to our mission of excellence in teaching and research.”

Multinational companies, like DuPont, recognize that the future of their organizations depends on the skills and preparedness of the next generation of science and engineering students.

“DuPont is excited about partnering with the University of Delaware to help further cross disciplinary research and education as a cornerstone to UD’s mission,” said DuPont Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Thomas M. Connelly. “We look forward to engaging the academically diverse and innovative young scientists and engineers who will look to complete their education here.”

The ISE-Lab, currently under construction at Lovett Avenue and Academy Street, is the first major laboratory to be built at UD in 20 years. The DuPont gift is a boon to the University’s goal of raising the $56 million of private funds needed to build this new, and greatly needed, facility. UD has successfully raised $34 million in private funds to date.

Rising enrollment coupled with UD’s top-ranked programs in engineering and science have resulted in a critical need for increased and more flexible teaching and laboratory spaces. In recent years, it has been common for laboratory sessions in chemistry, biology and physics to be held on weekends and until 11 p.m. on weeknights in order to accommodate the demand for introductory-level and required courses. The ISE-Lab will ease classroom overcrowding while ushering in a contemporary approach to teaching science.

165 Companies in Greater Philadelphia Named on the 2012 Inc. 500/5000 List

Last month, Inc. Magazine published the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 list on Inc.com, which included 165 companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region. The September issue of Inc. — profiling the top 500 of the Inc. 500|5000 — hit newsstands this month. Some of the largest contenders across the region, with revenues over $200 million, include:

EPAM Systems | Newtown, PA | 2011 Revenue: $334.5 million. EPAM Systems provides software engineering and IT services, with particular expertise in complex software product engineering for global software and technology vendors, as well as development, testing, maintenance, and support of critical business applications. It serves diverse industries, including health care, financial services, retail, technology, hospitality, energy, and media and entertainment.

Globus Medical | Audubon, PA | 2011 Revenue: $331.5 million. Globus Medical is a medical device company focused exclusively on the design, development, and commercialization of products that promote healing in patients with spine disorders.

Integrity Staffing Solutions | Wilmington, DE | 2011 Revenue: $241.9 million. Integrity provides recruitment and job placement services for temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct hire. Its positions range from light industrial work to banking.

Featured Investor: Comcast

At Comcast, we understand the power of the Internet. We see firsthand how this transformative technology can open doors and improve lives. Unfortunately, though, about 30 percent of Americans — most who are poor — remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. That means the people who could benefit most from broadband continue to fall behind due to barriers to adoption.

Comcast is committed to helping close this divide through our Internet Essentials program, now in its second year and re-launched in Philadelphia this month. Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, providing low-income families with broadband service for just $9.95 a month; the option to purchase a full-service, Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options for digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.

In the program’s first year, we connected more than 100,000 families — or nearly 400,000 low-income Americans — to the power of the Internet in their homes, most for the very first time. This fall, as Internet Essentials enters its second year, we’ve announced six key enhancements, including expanded eligibility; faster broadband speeds; upgraded free Internet safety software; enriched training resources; a streamlined approval process; and a bulk order program for community organizations.

Internet Essentials remains our company’s highest community investment priority, but it’s only one of the ways Comcast and NBCUniversal strive to give back.

  • In 2009, we launched Digital Connectors, an intensive program that provides teens from diverse, low-income backgrounds with the Internet and computer skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. To date, more than 1,000 Digital Connectors have graduated from the program, many through partnerships with important organizations such as Project HOME and the People’s Emergency Center.
  • Beginning in 2010, we joined Microsoft as national cosponsor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Club Tech program, which provides youth with access to technology and incorporates digital training into Clubs’ core programming. Each year, Club Tech serves 900,000 youth, and in 2011, Comcast supported one of every two Boys and Girls Clubs in America — including 12 in Philadelphia.
  • Since 2003, Comcast has shared City Year’s mission of keeping at-risk kids in school and on track, and today, with more than $75 million in cash and in-kind support, City Year is our largest national partnership. Each year, we sponsor City Year teams across the county — including this year at Grover Washington Middle School in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood.
  • At our Philadelphia headquarters in 2008, we launched the Beyond School Walls mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, inviting “Littles” to meet with their Comcast “Bigs” at Comcast Center every other week. What began with 45 “Littles” from Philadelphia’s Fairhill Elementary School has grown into the nation’s largest workplace mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters with 285 Comcast “Bigs” and “Littles” in 12 cities across the country.
  • Each April, we host Comcast Cares Day, a company-wide day of service where our employees, friends and family pitch in to clean up parks, paint schools, and make a difference in the community. Comcast Cares Day is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort, and since 2001, more than 437,000 volunteers have contributed over 2.5 million hours of service at more than 4,100 project sites nationwide. At just one site last April, 500 Comcast volunteers descended on Philadelphia’s Frankford High School to refurbish the cafeteria and paint murals, providing students with an inspirational environment to return to on Monday morning.

Next year, Comcast will celebrate 50 years of making a positive impact in the communities we serve, and nowhere has that impact been greater than our hometown of Philadelphia. Through digital literacy, mentoring, and service, we’re giving back to the communities we serve across the country and creating a brighter future here at home. Even as our company continues to grow and innovate, Philadelphia will remain our home, and we’ll remain committed to nurturing that special connection.

Chester County Biopharmaceutical Firm to Expand, Create 151 New Jobs

ViroPharma Inc. — a homegrown biopharmaceutical company — will expand its operations in Exton, Chester County and create 151 new, high-paying jobs In the Greater Philadelphia region.

“ViroPharma is a true Pennsylvania success that continues to grow and create jobs in the region,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. “What started as a small team of entrepreneurs in Exton has now evolved into an international biopharmaceutical company employing hundreds of Pennsylvanians.”

ViroPharma will nearly double its current available space by leasing an additional 71,000-square feet of office space to accommodate planned growth. The expansion will enable the company to retain its existing 188 employees and create at least 151 new jobs within three years.

The company received a $583,000 funding offer from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including a $130,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $453,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.

“For us it is about growth. ViroPharma has been in Exton for many years and we love our home here,” said ViroPharma President and CEO Vincent J. Milano. “We’re committed to this area for the long-term and look forward to creating opportunities in this community.”

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, or GAT, economic development professionals who work directly with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. GAT worked with the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) to support ViroPharma’s expansion.

“Chester County is fortunate to have companies like ViroPharma who continually innovate and reinvent themselves,” said CCEDC President and CEO Gary Smith. “Their expansion is the latest evidence that the life science community in Chester County is alive and well.”

Founded in 1994 by a small team of entrepreneurial scientists in Exton, ViroPharma is focused on developing drugs for rare diseases in which there is an unmet medical need. The organization has grown into an international biopharmaceutical company with significant operations in Europe, in addition to Pennsylvania.

Camden County College Expands Workforce Opportunities with Web Development Degree Program

Camden County College has created a new associate degree program for students pursuing positions in web development as interactive media producers, website animators, website designers, website project coordinators and other web-related areas. The program is designed to create broader access, in a community college setting, to the key skills required for today’s web technology workforce.

The new program is unique to this area in that it “incorporates design and development in a web environment,” says Professor Elaine Reeder, coordinator of the CCC’s Computer Graphics Department. The program’s goals are to develop a strong foundation for students in graphic design and Internet programming; to explore programming database management and graphic software.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 21.7 percent employment growth for website developers through 2020. During that period, about 65,700 jobs will need to be filled. This expected growth and strong job-satisfaction scores have helped boost website developer to rank sixth in this year’s US News & World Report’s “Best Jobs” list.

Upon completion of the program, Reeder says, graduates will have acquired the skills necessary to produce web-enabled graphics that are both high-quality and eye-catching. Students also will be able to apply these skills to the creation of all types of graphic media, including online marketing, advertising and instructional materials.

Reeder also says that students will develop the skills necessary to plan, design, implement, test and maintain effective interactive websites and animations. Additionally, the program will allow students to modernize their skills by learning how to use industry-standard tools and languages for the creation of websites and interactive media. Finally, students will graduate the program with portfolios of state-of-the-industry samples that will help launch their careers in the field.

Classes for this program will take place in the Gabriel E. Danch CIM Building on the Blackwood Campus, which is at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. The first class sessions of the Fall 2012 semester began the week of Sept. 4, with later-starting sessions beginning throughout October. Interested students are encouraged to register now, as courses typically fill quickly.

Breast Cancer Detection Sensor Receives Grant from PA Department of Health

Physicians could soon have a new, noninvasive and radiation-free option when it comes to performing regular breast exams. A hand-held device that can detect cancer by sensing the elasticity of breast tissue is moving into the final stages of testing and development with help from a Pennsylvania Department of Health grant.

“Intelligent Breast Exam” (iBE™) is a device developed by researchers in Drexel University’s College of Medicine and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems that uses piezoelectric finger technology to glean more accurate information from routine breast examinations. After a series of clinical tests it could become a valuable tool for physicians in the early detection of breast cancer.

UE LifeSciences Inc., a Philadelphia-based startup that licensed the technology in 2010, will use the $878,422 grant from the Pennsylvania DOH’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program to further commercialize and clinically validate the sensor technology.

In a pilot clinical study conducted at Drexel’s College of Medicine, iBE™ detected nine out of 11 clinician non-palpable breast tumors and identified one invasive breast cancer that was missed on the mammogram.

The technology originated at Drexel’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, under the research of Dr. Wan Shih. Shih, inspired in her work after battling breast cancer herself, developed the first versions of the device.

Funding from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the University City Science Center’s QED proof-of-concept program helped to push the research forward to the point when it was licensed by UELS in November of 2010.

UE LifeSciences will collaborate with various Pennsylvania-based organizations including Drexel University, M Squared Electronics and NextFab Studio as it develops an energy efficient, smaller footprint beta sensor integrated with smartphone platform for further clinical evaluation.

Listen for Greater Philadelphia Regional Leaders on WHYY this Month

What makes the Greater Philadelphia region such a powerhouse? You can find out this month on WHYY radio. Listen as the region’s leaders tout the diverse and highly skilled workforce available in Greater Philadelphia.

Made possible through a sponsorship with WHYY, Select Greater Philadelphia has created four 15-second radio spots that aired this summer and will continue through September. Each radio spot features a regional leader talking about the depth and diversity of skills they found in the Greater Philadelphia labor force.

During your morning or evening drive, take a moment to listen for John McNeil, President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Dr. Ali Houshmand, President of Rowan University, Caroline West, Senior Vice President at Shire Pharmaceuticals or Toni Lakin, Business Development Manager, Phlexglobal Inc. You might be surprised by what you learn. And, then pass it on!

“The WHYY sponsorship of air time and online banner ads provide us with a terrific opportunity to educate listeners about some of the interesting but perhaps not-so-well-known-facts about our region,” said Elizabeth Smith, Director of Interactive Marketing for Select. “And, who better way to communicate these positive messages than our area leaders?”

This marks the 7th year that Select has partnered with WHYY. Something new to the sponsorship this year is banner ads on WHYY’s website, NewsWorks. The banner ads will rotate through the remainder of 2012 at WHYY’s www.newsworks.org.

Sixty-Five Percent of Business Travelers in Greater Philadelphia Say Non-Stop Flights are Extremely Important

Sixty-five percent of business air travelers in Greater Philadelphia say that non-stop flights are extremely important according to a survey conducted by Select Greater Philadelphia and the CEO Council for Growth. Among these business travelers, Tokyo, Japan and Orange County, California are the most desired new non-stop international and domestic business destinations respectively from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

“We’re excited about the responses to this important survey and we value everyone’s feedback,” said Philadelphia International Airport Chief Executive Officer Mark Gale. “The results of this exercise will help us build the business case in targeting additional non-stop domestic and international destinations from Philadelphia, and further our mission as a world-class airport.”

Domestic destinations desired by business travelers for non-stop service from PHL were Orange County, CA; Austin, TX; and Honolulu, HI, while internationally Asia was the clear top choice with Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai and Beijing, China in the top three. Top overall domestic destinations for current travel by business travelers are Chicago, Dallas and Boston.

“We applaud Select Greater Philadelphia and the CEO Council for Growth for conducting this Air Travel Survey,” said John Saler, Chairman, Government & Public Affairs Group of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens &Young, LLP and Chairman of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board. ”The data will help us better understand the current travel needs of those living and/or working in the Greater Philadelphia region.”

For business travelers responding to the survey, both non-stop flight availability and convenient flight times were found to be extremely important. Over half the respondents use their organization’s corporate travel department to make travel arrangements.

“The Philadelphia International Airport is a critically important asset in the Greater Philadelphia region for business travel and to attract leisure visitors, “said Tom Morr, President & CEO of Select Greater Philadelphia and member of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board. “This survey helps identify passenger demand for potential new flights in key markets. It is intended to help airlines make more informed choices about where to add flights from PHL.”

Top destinations for current travel by leisure travelers are in the West with Chicago, San Francisco/San Jose and Los Angeles rounding out the top three spots. Top domestic destinations desired by leisure travels for non-stop service from PHL were all warm weather locations domestically with Honolulu, HI; Austin, TX; and Orange County, CA in the top three, while internationally Milan, Italy; Vancouver, Canada; and Sao Paulo, Brazil were among the top choices.

Half or more of survey respondents describing their leisure or personal travel needs ranked price and non-stop flight availability as extremely important factors when booking air travel. Leisure travelers were primarily booking coach class tickets for travel. Over 80% of respondents were heading straight to the airline website to purchase their leisure airfare tickets.

The survey was distributed to members of the business and non-profit communities in Greater Philadelphia. Over 1,000 individuals responded to the survey detailing their personal and business travel needs. The goal of the survey is to use information gathered to assist the Philadelphia International Airport in their efforts to seek additional domestic and international air service.

Top Non-Stop Desired International Destinations
(Business Travel)

  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. Shanghai, China
  3. Beijing, China
  4. Mumbai, India
  5. Milan, Italy

Top Non-Stop Desired International Destinations
(Leisure Travel)

  1. Milan, Italy
  2. Vancouver, Canada
  3. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Top Non-Stop Desired Domestic Destinations
(Business Travel)

  1. Orange County, CA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Honolulu, HI
  4. San Jose (US), CA
  5. San Antonio, TX

Top Non-Stop Desired Domestic Destinations
(Leisure Travel)

  1. Honolulu, HI
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Orange County (SNA), CA
  4. San Jose (US), CA
  5. San Antonio, TX