Solving Happy Valley’s sales problem

By Cara Aungst HappyValley Industry debuted its first workshop yesterday. Here’s what the session revealed about sales in the area. On February 28, leaders from companies in the Happy Valley area gathered at the Hyatt Place in downtown State College to talk about a gap in the ecosystem. Long story short, research and innovation is […]


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Ben Franklin Technology Partners: Promoting Happy Valley’s Startup Culture with Investment, Mentorship

Photo: Ben Franklin Technology Partners “Years ago, I read an article by Steve Tobak with CBS’s MoneyWatch,” says Stephen Brawley, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania (BFCNP). “The gist of the piece was that most innovators have one thing in common — they see things differently.” 2019/2020 SNAPSHOT […]

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Resilience, Hope and Relentless Drive: How Happy Valley’s Industry Continued to Innovate in 2020

Despite the many challenges faced throughout 2020, Happy Valley lived up to its name this past year, rising above the fray and continuing to shine. The year may not have been easy, but it certainly was noteworthy. We’re taking a look back at eight of the biggest stories from 2020. Happy Valley Manufacturers Pivot and […]

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Ushering in the Hydrogen Economy: Local Project Aims to Drive America’s Energy Transition

Image: KeyState Zero Perry Babb hopes KeyState Zero can bridge the gap between economic development and environmental concerns by serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions with lower-carbon, lower-cost solutions for manufacturers, power plants and other industries. In the process, the proposed project could bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic output for […]

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Finding Big Solutions for Big Problems

Image: KCF Technologies How the Happy Valley sensor industry wins over plant managers with new solutions and proven results Several weeks ago, HappyValley Industry asked plant managers at paper mills around the country about their biggest pain points. Their answers included a poorly trained workforce, finding the right people and process analytics. Approximately 70% of […]

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“Because of our Mission”: DiamondBack Covers credits love for customers and employees for its explosive 2020 growth

Image: DiamondBack Covers This spring, as Pennsylvania businesses slowly restarted after eight weeks of shutdown, DiamondBack Covers got busy. Really busy. May became the biggest sales month in company history, which was then beat by June … and then September. By the end of 2020, the year’s revenue was double 2017 revenue.  The Penn State […]

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Advanced Powder Products, Inc. caps off 20th year with opening of new manufacturing facility

Image: Advanced Powder Products 2020 was a big year for Advanced Powder Products, Inc. (APP). The Happy Valley company specializes in metallurgy, engineering, metal injection molding and 3-D metal printing for a range of industries, including defense, aerospace, automotive and industrial. Following honors in 2019 — including being ranked a Top 100 of Pennsylvania company […]

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