West Chester Fabricator Receives DEP Energy Efficiency Grant


The West Chester welding, fabricating and construction firm JGM, Inc. has received a $9,500 grant from Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection.

JGM, Inc. is one of 134 small businesses receiving grants for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects. In all, DEP awarded $996,713 in grants.

JGM, Inc. has headquarters in West Chester and facilities in Downingtown and Coatesville. It has a portfolio of successful high profile building projects completed for firms including Amazon.com, Consolidated North Warehouse, Yuengling Brewery Co., and the Penn Charter Performing Arts Center.

“These grants are yet another example of my administration’s commitment to supporting small business owners in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a news release. “I am pleased to bolster businesses, like these, that are working hard to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.”

JGM, Inc. recently opened its second fabrication facility in Coatesville to help expand its business in the heavy industrial and shale gas markets. The new 75,000-square-foot facility has an automated production line.

Pennsylvania’s Small Business Advantage Grant program, funded through the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act, helps businesses with 100 or fewer employees. It provides 50-percent matching reimbursement grants of up to $9,500 to implement projects that will save 25 percent annually in pollution-prevention or energy-related costs. Corbett says the grants will create more than $3.7 million in private-sector investment in small businesses.

Eligible projects include high-efficiency HVAC and insulation upgrades, high-efficiency lighting to save energy, installation of energy-efficient heat pumps and new auxiliary power units that help large trucks reduce time spent with idling engines.

For more information about applying for a Small Business Advantage Grant, contact DEP’s Office of the Small Business Ombudsman at 717-772-8909 or via email at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.