HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded 46 small businesses $293,889 in grants to help them invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects, and three dry cleaners—Quality Cleaners in Lemoyne, Steininger’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning in Selinsgrove, and Murrysville Cleaners in Murrysville—were among the recipients.
Quality Cleaners received a $7,500 grant to aid in the purchase and installation of a K4 hydrocarbon system to replace a perchloroethylene system (total project cost is $87,635). The business is owned by Barry Gordon.
Steininger’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning received a $7,500 grant to aid in upgrading to a Union drycleaning machine for greater solvent mileage and waste reduction (total project cost is $67,385). Owner of the company is Charles Steininger.
Murrysville Cleaners received a $7,500 grant to install a high-efficiency boiler, with a goal of reducing emissions (total project cost is $31,000). David Beatty is the owner.
Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant Program provides small businesses with fewer than 100 employees 50% matching reimbursement grants of up to $7,500 to implement projects that will save $1,000, in addition to 25% annually in pollution prevention or energy-related costs.
“This program empowers small-business owners to invest in important upgrades that make the most sense for their business,” says DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. “It gives them the opportunity to lower the costs of production, which makes them better environmental stewards and more competitive.”