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Clarion University SBDC Client, Brookville Equipment Corporation, Awarded Scholarship to Aid International Growth

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Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) client, Brookville Equipment Corporation, has been selected as a recipient of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation-sponsored Small Business Scholarship. The scholarship will provide Brookville Equipment Corporation with $5,000 to help offset the cost of attending Governor Tom Corbett’s Jobs First Mission to Brazil and Chile in April.  The company will be looking to market its products abroad which supply the mining, tunneling, freight rail, and public transit industries.  The company manufacturers Diesel Locomotive Engines, street trolleys, and mining machinery.

During an interview with Team Pennsylvania, Michael White, Brookville Equipment Corporation’s Marketing Manager said “We’re very excited to be a part of a trade mission that allows a small, rural company to take its brand to new foreign markets.”  White believes that participation in this trip could lead to an additional 10 to 15 percent in growth.  The trade mission will include business meetings, industry-focused seminars, public forums, and networking opportunities with public officials, prospective customers, and interested investors.

For the past 16 years, the Clarion University SBDC and Brookville Mining Equipment have worked together towards economic development for the company, the region, and the world. In 1997, Brookville Mining Equipment needed funding to rebuild the plant after a flood disaster in 1996, and the SBDC assisted them in the development of a business plan that was used to secure SBA financing. At that time, the SBDC nominated them for the prestigious SBA Phoenix Award.  They won the award at the district level in Pittsburgh and were chosen as the SBA’s National Phoenix Award winner as well. The SBDC accompanied company President, Dalph McNeil as he accepted the national award in Washington, D.C.

Since then, the SBDC has partnered with them through significant growth phases that involved issues such as government procurement and overseas markets.  Whether it was human resources, marketing, patents, or production, the SBDC has served Brookville Mining and in return Brookville Mining has served its community.

More than half of Brookville Equipment Corporation’s supply chain is based in Pennsylvania. The company is also a major employer. Brookville Equipment Corporation has strong roots in Jefferson County. Since its founding in 1918, the company hasn’t left its 15825 zip code in Brookville.

The company has achieved great success in international trade. Currently, the Brookville Equipment Corporation exports to 40 countries. Brazil and Chile present new opportunities. The potential of business with these countries will lead to increases in labor demand and other in-state services.

To read the full interview from the Team Pennsylvania website, click here.