Innovative Manufacturers’ Center: Helping manufacturers find resources to innovate, grow and prosper
Headquartered along the I-80 Frontier of the Pennsylvania Wilds in Williamsport, PA, the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center (IMC) helps Central Pennsylvania manufacturers tap into regional, state, and national resources in order to help them innovate, grow and prosper.
Founded in 1988, IMC is a private-public partnership dedicated to driving economic success and profitable growth for the 12 counties they serve, which include three in the Pennsylvania Wilds region — Centre, Clinton, and Lycoming. Through IMC events and resources, the IMC offers objective, expert advice and actionable solutions to small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
IMC also manages the Williamsport/Lycoming Keystone Innovation Zone (WLKIZ). The WLKIZ is the entrepreneurial support arm of IMC, working with entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in Lycoming County interested in developing new products or technologies, inventions, or innovative ideas.
For more than 30 years, IMC has helped over 600 Pennsylvania companies become more innovative, productive, and profitable. IMC is supported through the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Industrial Resource Center program. Central Pennsylvania manufacturers are invited to contact the IMC to learn more about their high-quality services offered at an affordable cost.
Learn more about Innovative Manufacturers’ Center or leave a review/recommendation on their Wilds Cooperative of PA profile!
Lauri Moon, Training and Outreach Manager at the IMC, is currently serving as a PA Wilds Outreach Specialist for businesses in Lycoming County. If you are an artist or entrepreneur in Lycoming County that is interested in learning more about joining the Wilds Cooperative of PA to leverage the power of the PA Wilds brand, contact Lauri at email@example.com.
This support was made possible financial support from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
RECENT MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS
- The Golden Axe: Embracing the thrill of axe throwingClinton County’s entertainment scene has just been infused with a dose of exhilarating competition and shared laughter: The Golden Axe. This isn’t your rustic backyard axe toss! Located along the I-80 Frontier right in downtown Lock Haven is this state-of-the-art venue meticulously designed for an unparalleled axe-throwing experience. Owners Travis and Beth welcome both seasoned competitors and curious newcomers.
- Laughing Owl Press: Personalizing art through letterpress printingAndrea and Joe Lanich started Laughing Owl Press in a two-car garage in New Jersey, selling on Etsy. They have since traded in their jobs as an architect and engineer to move home and open a storefront in the Pennsylvania Wilds, counting themselves among the approximately 200 larger letterpress printers in the United States.
- PennWest Clarion SBDC: Empowering entrepreneurs to build successful businessesThe PennWest Clarion Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is located within the PennWest Clarion University campus, right in the I-80 Frontier landscape of the Pennsylvania Wilds and just a short drive from Cook Forest and the Ancients.