Caltagirone lauds $17,600 investment for Reading’s M.J. Reider and Associates

READING, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone lauded a $17,600 investment for M.J. Reider and Associates Inc. in Reading by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The investment was approved by BFTP earlier this month.

“The investment by Ben Franklin Technology Partners will allow a family-run and growing firm in our city to place an added emphasis on monitoring and analyzing drinking water, a much-needed service in our region and around the globe,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “The investment is vital in that it allows a local firm to pursue new technology while continuing to offer a service that they first began providing more than 50 years ago.” 

M.J. Reider is a private contract laboratory that began the service of monitoring local township and municipal drinking water in 1967 – five years before the Clean Water Act. The investment will allow M.J. Reider and Associates to improve efficiencies, particularly with providing analytic testing support for drinking water, non-potable water, and solid or chemical matter. An increased emphasis on monitoring drinking water has allowed the firm to grow. 

The City of Reading honored M.J. Reider and Associates in 2012 for being family run and for its commitment to the environment.

BFTP is a technology-based economic development program within the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It provides companies with funding, business expertise, technical expertise and access to its innovative network. Every Pennsylvania governor and the General Assembly has embraced BFTP since its creation in 1983. It has regional headquarters in Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and State College.