PennTAP News & Announcements

Verde Mantis is located in Reading, PA and manufactures an easy-to-use 3D printer called the Mantis 3D printer. Founder Joe Sinclair was looking for help improving and iterating on the design and functionality of the 3D printer, as well as for entrepreneurial connections to get his business off the ground. We connected Verde Mantis with the Penn State Learning Factory and the Ben Franklin TechCelerator. Read more.

Penn State is globally recognized as a sustainability leader. As a department within the Penn State Office of Industrial Partnerships (OIP), we actively incorporate sustainability into our outreach, education, and training. As a commonwealth-wide service provider, we are committed to ensuring the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Penn State strategic plan for ensuring a sustainable future guide our work across the state, striving for environmental, human and economic vitality, both now and in the future. Learn more.

Over the course of this no-cost program, PA manufacturers will receive free training using Department of Energy (DOE)-developed resources to support their organization as they pursue their energy management path. A limited number of seats are available, and participation will be approved after a formal review process. Contact us for more information/to see if you qualify, or start your application today.

Additionally, help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity by using the following partner promo kit. Download the partner promo toolkit for pre-written email and social media posts and graphics that you can share amongst your network.

We are supporting the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and ENERGY STAR’s efforts to develop an energy benchmarking tool for distilleries. An energy benchmarking tool will let your distillery see how energy efficient it is compared to other distilleries through a simple 1-100 score. Distilleries that score 75 or higher can even be eligible for ENERGY STAR plant certification. In order for the benchmarking tool to provide the most support for energy management, it needs to account for the wide variety of facilities that exist across the country. We ask that you take a moment to complete the following questionnaire from DISCUS.

This is an excellent opportunity to investigate the potential for that "back burner" engineering design idea that has been sitting on your desk. Projects need to have a strong design component with clear, well-defined objectives to provide the students with an ideal starting point and allow them to keep focused. The required project work must be sufficient such that it may be handled by a team of 4-6 students within one 15-week semester. Learn more and submit a project.
Upcoming Webinars & Events
Hosted by PennTAP
Date: Aug. 19, 2021
Time: 11:00 am – Noon

There are simple, low to no-cost steps you can take to make your building more energy-efficient, more cost-efficient, and more sustainable for the environment. We have created a free energy toolkit as a starting place and guide to small businesses when estimating potential energy savings for your building. Our toolkits have been designed to help estimate cost savings, energy reduction, and project payback. During this webinar, we will go over how to use this free resource in depth. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Fay-Penn Economic Development Council
Date: Aug 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Online AND in person at the FNB Business Event Center, 1040 Eberly Way, Suite 151, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456

The event will provide a high level overview of organizations and the programs and services they can provide to Fayette County manufacturers, many at no cost. Those interested in attending should register through Sandy McClelland. Learn more about the event.
Hosted by NWIRC
Date: Aug 11, 2021
Time: 8:00 am - Noon
Location: Erie, PA

This Development Dimensions International (DDI) course provides leaders with a model to determine what drives individual engagement, as well as methods for proactive engagement and talent retention. Explore ways to offer recognition and create an engaging environment using no-cost ‘everyday engagers’. Learn more and register.
Hosted by Penn State Career Services

Registration is open for Fall Career Days 2021 at Penn State for all your internship, co-op, and full-time recruiting needs! Fall Career Days is presenting a hybrid model this year. For more information on dates, fees, and to register, please visit
Hosted by IMC
Date: Oct. 1, 2021
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: University Park, PA
Cost: $1,495

This program is in high demand and is offered twice per year in both Williamsport and State College. Lean Manufacturing Level One Certification is a comprehensive series of workshops that introduces Lean principles. Participants learn to distinguish value-added from non-value added activities to eliminate costly waste. A great starting point for an individual’s and company’s Continuous Improvement journey, the Level One Certification is a pragmatic, hit-the-ground-running, hands-on approach that applies acquired workshop knowledge to the workplace. Learn more and register.
PennTAP continues to provide businesses with vital information, resources, and technical assistance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at or 814-865-0427.

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