Friday, March 3, 2017

Simplex Wins Ben Franklin Manufacturing Achievement Award

It's always great when someone in our industry wins one of the highest Innovation awards in PA. Congratulations to Pat Fricchione and the entire workforce at Simplex Homes.


The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event, which will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem.


The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event, which will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University, Bethlehem.


Awards will be presented to seven recipients, companies or individuals who have achieved business success through Ben Franklin funding and assistance, have helped others to achieve success, or have improved their businesses through innovation. Each award recipient exemplifies outstanding achievement in that particular category.


“Chief Troublemaker” Dustin Garis will present the keynote, Disruptive Innovation, at the annual event, which attracted more than 450 business and community leaders last year. Registration is now available at nep.benfranklin.org.


The purposes of the innovation awards are to congratulate winners on their success and achievement, to highlight the effectiveness of the Ben Franklin program, and to inform entrepreneurs and established manufacturers about the resources that are available to them in northeastern Pennsylvania. The 2017 Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Award winner for::


Manufacturing Achievement
The company that best exemplifies achievement in the manufacturing arena, showing a proven track record of success and an unbending commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence in manufacturing.




Patrick Fricchione, President


Over its 45 years in business, Simplex Industries has become an industry leader in the manufacture of high-end, top-quality modular homes by incorporating innovative designs, working through complicated customized projects, and providing energy-efficient modular manufacturing. Simplex builds first homes through dream homes and commercial buildings from dormitories to hotels to light industrial facilities.


Ben Franklin linked Simplex to Lehigh University’s Enterprise Systems Center to fully integrate AutoCAD 3-D printing, develop plans to transform two plants, and address production bottlenecks. The 3-D modeling significantly reduces change orders, unexpected costs, and delays.


The efficiencies achieved by this work have helped Simplex to grow and employ more than 215 people in Scranton. In response to escalating demand, the company announced plans to add 40 more jobs and increase production with a $3 million investment in the plant.


About the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, creates and retains highly paid, sustainable jobs by linking companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. BFTP/NEP’s strategy encompasses three key areas:


  1. developing and growing early-stage technology-based companies,
  2. helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices to achieve industry leadership, and
  3. promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that fosters a favorable business environment for high-growth companies.


Since beginning operations in 1983, BFTP/NEP has helped to create 16,986 new jobs for Pennsylvania workers and to retain 23,761 existing jobs, to start 482 new companies, and to develop 1,433 new products and processes.

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