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Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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On an average day, Trina Worrell Benjamin handles invoices, returns calls and emails, directs a team of nearly a dozen employees and manages a client roster that has included big names like Rite Aid and Toys“R”Us. She admits her first steps into entrepreneurship were not easy. But with the help of…

Local entrepreneur gets a boost from Small Business Development Center

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Pennsylvania SBDC Client Wins 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

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Governor Tom Corbett announced last week that Engineered Plastics, Inc. (EPI) was a winner of a 2011 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth.

EPI is a Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) client that manufactures plastic parts and assemblies for the medical, electrical, sporting goods, and consumer products industries. The company is based in Lake City, PA and employees approximately 200 workers. 

The Pennsylvania SBDC and its Environmental Management Assistance Program helped EPI apply for and earn a $500,000 Recycling Markets Infrastructure Development grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The grant enabled EPI to purchase processing equipment and develop the infrastructure necessary to turn plastic waste into plastic pellets for reuse in new plastic products, thereby reducing landfill costs, helping customers meet environmental and cost reduction goals, and creating demand for recycled materials.