Below you’ll find a list of current KIZ Companies, Graduates (KIZ Companies that have been in business for 8+ years and have “graduated” from the KIZ program), and a showcase of some of our Clients (entrepreneurs or companies we’ve worked with on projects over time).
Qualified KIZ Companies are eligible for the KIZ Tax Credit Program and other KIZ Company benefits.
Affiniton is a product brand management and service company that specializes in contraband contingency planning and bringing to market assembled solutions that include drug screening products and tailored services.
Their flagship product, DrugWipe, detects invisible traces of drug residue on surfaces in saliva or sweat at the nanogram level. DrugWipe is the only on-site surface test that uses no hazardous chemicals or sprays, is recyclable or can be disposed of with regular garbage, and can be used in a wide variety of applications.
Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company is Williamsport’s first production brewery since the 1950s. The brewery, founded by Mike and Kira Hiller in July 2007, produces distinct craft beers that are available in restaurants and bars throughout Williamsport and Pennsylvania. KIZ and IMC have supported numerous interns for Bavarian Barbarian.
The Cancer Solution Center is a company with a mission to help every chemo and radiation therapy patient combat some of the most common side effects of their treatments through non-pharmacological, clinically proven, and medical foods. The Cancer Solution Center believes that their products will help improve system efficiency so that patients can eat, exercise and do the things they enjoy in order to successfully complete their treatment.
Invent Yourself Rich, LLC focuses on the development of information-based products available for sale on the internet. The first product will be IYR’s own information-based product, and this unique effective process will be replicated for clients.
Johnny’s Key has developed a patented educational math manipulative to help students understand elapsed time. Their products include Math Track (TM), Time Pieces (TM), Elapsed Time Classroom Sets, and Math Track (TM) Extensions. Johnny’s Key also provides training to educators for staff development, in addition to in-service consultation.
Keystone Leather is a manufacturer of leather components for the footwear and equestrian industries. Keystone Leather has taken advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit Program.
Lang’s Chocolates is a Kosher-Dairy certified manufacturer of premium handmade gourmet chocolates and confections. The KIZ has helped Lang’s with research and testing on some of their equipment and processes, and Lang’s has also taken advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit Program.
MMC Solutions specializes in the manufacturing of small leather components for domestic manufacturers. MMC Solutions uses innovative production processes to supply parts for military helmets. MMC plans to take advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit program to aid in its growth and innovation.
New Horizon Entertainment, LLC
A company with a focus on developing entertainment and amusement devices for commercial and personal use.
Solid State Ceramics, Inc.
Solid State Ceramics, Inc. is a manufacturer of ceramic-based transformers that are manufactured through technologies developed by Qortek.
Strouse Industrial, LLC is a spin-off company focusing on enhancing the woodworking industry through innovation. Strouse has developed a patent-pending high-efficiency helical cutterhead for use in woodworking machinery, and custom produces these cutterheads for customers, which are available for purchase through the Hermance Machine Company. Strouse also won the $25,000 Big Idea Business Plan Contest in 2007-08. KIZ has helped Strouse Industrial support numerous interns, apply for a patent, access incubator space, and research their industry and introduce their product on the market.
TGI Electronics, LLC is a new technology company that creates innovative electronic products for the music industry, economical hardware & software tools for DSP developers, offers PCB design services and provides quality engineering services at affordable prices. KIZ has helped TGI apply for a patent, conduct quantitative market research, access incubator space, and connect with local students to provide strategy support. KIZ also supported a student intern who developed TGI’s website.
The R.A.T.E. Company, LLC is a newly formed company that specializes in the production of hoof-care products for the equine industry. These revolutionary products offer new and improved solutions for daily use on horses. R.A.T.E will use KIZ interns to assist them in the research, marketing, and development of its products.
TLC North, LLC
TLC North, LLC is a manufacturer of corrugated packaging products. They have partnered with KIZ Graduate Phoenix Trim Works for their manufacturing space needs. They are looking forward to taking advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit and internship grant programs.
TQ Electronics is a technology manufacturer focused on commercial and industrial customers using existing technology assigned from QorTek, Inc. and new technology developed by TQE.
Woodicelli Enterprises, LLC is a developer and manufacturer of innovative products in the wood trim/woodworking industry. Their new patent pending MagnaFit wood trim product line harnesses the power of rare earth magnets to virtually install themselves over metal door and window frames.
A KIZ “Graduate,” Discovery Machine leverages cognitive science principles to capture, share, automate, optimize, embed and network your knowledge. Their patented processes and tools automate and accelerate knowledge capture and engineering. KIZ and IMC supported numerous interns at Discovery Machine, and helped them pilot their technology in a manufacturing setting. Discovery Machine has also taken advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit Program.
Phoenix Trim Works manufactures the finest and most styli sh decorative trim and tassels made in America today. KIZ has helped Phoenix Trim Works develop new products, access the Eureka! Winning Ways program, and enhance their marketing messages. Phoenix has also taken advantage of the KIZ Tax Credit Program.
Aversa Water Saving Shower Valve
The Aversa Energy Saving Shower Valve was the 2008 Greenovation Competition of Central PA winning concept. For the first time you can get the feel of an invigorating shower while using up to 40% less water! The Aversa is the first water conserving shower valve that performs like a regular shower head. Users of the Aversa don’t even notice that they are conserving water while showering. Robert Boehnlein, the co-inventor of the product, continues to work with the Williamsport/Lycoming KIZ on taking this product to market. You may have to sign up for a free account on the National Innovation Marketplace to follow the link provided to learn more about this product and its business potential and value.
The Ching-A-Dero ® pier fishing rod holder and saver is the FIRST and ONLY rod holder that gets you fishing at least 80% faster than the “old” and cumbersome clamp-on types. The Ching-A-Dero ® installs quickly and with ridiculous ease at the pier, and its design secures your fishing rod in place. Its innovative design was developed by pier fishermen for pier fishermen, and will help you protect your fishing rod investment. It grips your pole securely to the pier, and the harder the fish pulls, the tighter the Ching-A-Dero ® grips your pole! The Ching-A-Dero pier fishing rod holder was also recently named to the Top 100 Innovations List on the National Innovation Marketplace at http://www.planeteureka.com. The Williamsport/Lycoming KIZ has assisted Keith Bloodgood, inventor, with a market scan, the National Innovation Marketplace, patent guidance, and the development of their newly launched website through a Lycoming College intern!
The Ladder Companion helps homeowners and builders keep everything handy on an extension ladder. Jobs go faster and safer with the Ladder Companion. By having everything stored in and on this handy product, it will eliminate trips up and down the ladder. Also by keeping everything in your Ladder Companion, you will reduce injuries from attempting to carry everything up the extension ladder in a tool belt. The Ladder Companion keeps all your tools within reach, acting as a “companion” on your extension ladder. It adjusts to the pitch of your extension ladder, and can be placed on either side of the ladder, making it great for both left and right handed people. Ladder Companion, LLC has worked with the KIZ on applying for a patent, product design and prototyping, market research and branding. The KIZ is currently helping Ladder Companion with the market launch of their product.
Thunder Valley Whitetails is a deer farm that strives for better genetics and a higher quality of deer. Thunder Valley also produces an array of products such as livestock safety zone signs, deer crates, and the UltiMax Feeder. The KIZ helped Thunder Valley design the UltiMax Feeder, conduct primary market research, and develop an adapter for the UltiMax Feeder. The UltiMax Feeder is sold nationwide to customers including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.