Allentown enterprise center to become home to three more startups

January 5, 2014 by  

As 2014 gets up and running, the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown will have three new tenants.

The newcomers are participating in the Allentown Economic Development Corporation’s business incubation program, the only one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley. The incubator is exclusively for startup companies in technology and manufacturing. Each of the firms will be moving into the old Mack Trucks Plant, a 64,000 square foot factory that has been refurbished.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Corporation. The program’s mission is to give startups the support and resources needed to allow them to launch their companies, become profitable and self-sufficient, then move into their own site somewhere in the city or surrounding area. According to Scott Unger, the Corporation’s executive director, each of the new companies had a promising business plan.

The Corporation could use printing services to create a pamphlet describing each company. The first company, Gonzo Pockets, was founded by two collegiate lacrosse players and brothers, Desi and Lou Gonzalez. It uses a proprietary coating to create the mesh used in lacrosse sticks. The company’s prototype was distributed to more than 100 stores over the course of a year.

ZZyzx Polymers is the second company. It has rights to about 20 patents involving the creation of plastic compounds. The final company to move into the Bridgewater Enterprise Center is HiJinx Brewery, which was launched in a garage by Curt Keck and Chris Becker. Once the move into the space is complete, the brewers will install a 10-barrel brewing system, which will allow them to increase production.