01/03/2023
How AIRWALK (and Central PA) missed out on being a $5 billion company

By Jodie Dello Stritto If you were a 90s kid, you probably know AIRWALK shoes. Staple footwear for skaters, even Tony Hawk was a brand ambassador. But did you know that in its heyday in the 1990s the company’s world headquarters was in the Greenwood Shopping Center on old Route 220 in Altoona? AIRWALK was […]

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12/27/2022
Virolock’s mission? Prevent pandemics by trapping and identifying viruses quickly and easily

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of tomato spotted wilt virus trapped in a CNT microfluidic device. False blue color was added manually. There’s always new, cutting-edge technology in the works at Penn State. One of the more recent developments involves a group of Penn State professors working with scientists on solutions to identify […]

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12/27/2022
An Innoblue startup is taking the guesswork out of landlord-tenant partnerships

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger WeAreHousing presenting on Innoblue’s Demo Day. Photo: WeAreHousing. They say sunlight is the best disinfectant. Penn State student Tanishq Barot found this out the hard way, when he was forced to contend with a mold issue in the house that he was renting. “My entire roof and bathroom were completely full of […]

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12/27/2022
Tell us what you’d like to see in 2023

Since our start in 2020, HappyValley Industry has reported on private equity investing millions into Happy Valley companies, retirees coming back to their favorite place, development that is driving economic growth and Penn State research making global impact. There are big plans for the future, and we want to hear from you to make it […]

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12/27/2022
Our 10 most popular stories of 2022

By Cara Aungst Every week, HappyValley Industry features innovation, customer success — and the many reasons that people love to live, work and play in Happy Valley. From among the more than 150 stories that we published this year, here are the 10 most popular, along with a few reasons why they’re worth another read. […]

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12/20/2022
Only 9% of plastics actually get recycled. These engineers aim to change that.

By Timothy Kelly The rapidly growing chemical recycling industry is picking up steam, but it faces important obstacles — obstacles that the Toraman Research Group at Penn State hopes to overcome. This research group focuses on plastic pyrolysis, or the process of breaking down plastics with heat, in an oxygen-free atmosphere. The group’s aim? Optimize […]

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