Positran Manufacturing in Norristown hosts legislators, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance

Gathered at Positran on Thursday are, from left, Mike Kenney of Positran; Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery;Paul Ruzicka of Positran; Julian Boggs of Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance; Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED; Mark Plachta of Rep. Matt Bradford’s office; Bill Spires and Matt Schaaf of USA LED Partners, LLC ; Abe Roisman of Sustainable Business Network and Les Gambacorta, Positran manager of operations. (Photo courtesy of Positran)

There were no Disney-style fireworks exploding in the air, but a Norristown manufacturing company found itself drawing quite a bit of attention at its East Main Street facility on Thursday.

The multi-faceted Positran Manufacturing, a full service electronic contract manufacturing firm that makes control devices for the fireworks that entertain crowds at Disney World, welcomed a high-profile client, Independence LED Lighting, along with local legislators, who all got a glimpse into ways that energy efficiency companies like Independence are putting people to work and driving economic growth in Montgomery County and all over the region, writes Gary Puleo in The Times Herald.

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The tour was prompted by KEEA’s mission to spread the word about the importance of choosing U.S. goods over those made in China, and the 10-year-old Act 129, a state energy efficiency policy that supports the still growing energy industry and provided Pennsylvania homeowners and business owners with more than $6 billion in benefits during its first seven years, according to a press release.

“We are Charlie’s manufacturer,” noted Positran’s Paul Ruzicka. “We build products for Charlie and a number of other companies throughout the United States. We compete with China but people come back to us because of our quality, on-time delivery and competitive pricing. We are right here in Norristown and have built products that went to the war in Iraq. We built blood infusers that sit on the soldiers’ chests. We do medical products, dental, automotive … pretty much across the board. All the fireworks at Disney World are made here.”

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