Plastics Manufacturing Center Receives 'Innovation' Award

Published 08.02.2001


The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania honored the Plastics Manufacturing Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology recently with one of its "Innovation Awards."

The center won its award in the "Academic Partner" category, which is given to an institution of higher learning whose staff has contributed time and expertise in helping Ben Franklin clients develop or apply innovative technology.

The PMC complements the College's outstanding Plastics and Polymer Technology programs by addressing training and technology-development programs for companies in the region. More than 1,200 firms have been assisted by the center since its inception, more than 50 of which are Ben Franklin clients.

The Seventh Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards ceremonies were held at Iacocca Hall on the campus of Lehigh University. Accepting the award and representing the PMC and Penn College at the event were: Larry L. Michael, associate dean for technology transfer; C. Hank White, director of the PMC; Dr. Stanley K. Baczek, associate professor of plastics technology; Dr. Kirk M. Cantor, associate professor of plastics technology; and Timothy Weston, assistant professor of plastics technology.

The purposes of the Innovation Awards ceremonies are to congratulate the winners on their achievements, highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program and apprise entrepreneurs and manufacturers about the resources available to them in the region.

For more information about the Plastics Manufacturing Center at Penn College, call (570) 321-5533, or access on the Web.

The bachelor-degree plastics major at Penn College is one of only four nationwide accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. For more information about the plastics programs at the College, contact the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies at (570) 327-4520, or accesson the Web .