April 9, 2013

SBDC-NEPIRC Collaboration To Promote Small Business Growth Through Localized Supply Chains Scranton, PA – The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and NEPIRC recently announced a new collaborative initiative designed to promote regional small businesses through the creation of localized manufacturer supply chains. The initiative also has the potential of saving northeastern Pennsylvania manufacturers time and money by introducing them to local providers of goods, services, consumable maintenance supplies and subcomponents used within their manufacturing processes.

“The goal of this initiative is to make our regional manufacturers aware of local companies that can provide them with items, services and semi-finished goods that they are currently purchasing from outside our area,” said Eric Joseph Esoda, NEPIRC’s Executive Director and CEO. “We believe this will grow our local economy, encourage entrepreneurism, create jobs and save our manufacturers money in the long run,” he added.

The first local company participating in this initiative is JKF Technologies, an engineering and custom machine shop located in the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center. JKF Technologies owner, Joseph Fendrock, started the company in 2007 after working within the engineering and machining departments of larger companies across the United States. “JFK Technologies is more than just a job shop,” said Fendrock, “it’s a solutions shop that provides the technical expertise and latest technology applications needed to address manufacturing challenges faced by our customers.” JKF’s latest project includes the design and development of a specialized machine that has the logic to sort, align and convey specialized product caps for use within a regional bottling company.

JKF’s journey to enter the regional manufacturer supply chain began with assistance from the University of Scranton SBDC, which assisted him in getting his business up and running, and in hiring his first few employees. “When JKF’s business strategy became one of providing solutions and custom equipment directly to our region’s manufacturers, we called NEPIRC and began to work collaboratively to implement that strategy,” said Lisa Hall-Zielinski, SBDC Director. Since that time, JKF has entered into discussions with several local companies for the provision of custom work and has become involved in regional Additive Manufacturing initiatives

For more information on JKF Technologies visit www.jkftechnologies.com or call (570) 357-3079.

The University of Scranton SBDC and NEPIRC are part of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Partnership for Regional Economic Performance initiative. # # #