KME Kovatch of Nesquehoning received a $25,000 Ben Franklin Technologies Grant.

The grant is to develop new finishing processes associated with the pumper truck and tanker truck. KME Fire Apparatus is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of custom fire and fuel tanker vehicles and equipment, and the largest privately held manufacturer of fire trucks in the nation. Each new truck produced will create 1,200 hours of new work for U.S. employees.

Serving as university partner is Lehigh University's Enterprise Systems Center

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Board of Directors has approved the investment of $621,804 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP's goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage.

KME is the only local firm to receive a grant.

About a dozen other grants were awarded to firms in Allentown, Bethlehem, Hawley, and other Eastern Pa. communities.