Longietti: Grant will help Sharon trucking business go green

HARRISBURG, May 8 – A Mercer County small business is receiving a $7,000 matching grant to help it operate in a more environmentally friendly manner, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

The funding to Sharon’s Chadderton Trucking Inc. – awarded under the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Program – will allow the company to purchase an auxiliary power unit. These systems reduce the amount of diesel fuel a truck burns – and resulting emissions – by providing power for climate control and electrical devices without idling.

“I’m extremely pleased that we were able to help procure this funding for Chadderton Trucking,” Longietti said. “Companies that take steps to ‘go green’ are not only benefiting the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, they’re helping their own bottom line. The equipment funded by this grant will increase fuel savings while reducing fuel emissions and maintenance costs. Chadderton Trucking has been an important employer in the local trucking and transportation sector for the past 90 years, and this grant will enhance its ability to compete and thrive.” 

The Small Business Advantage Program provides 50 percent matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500, to enable Pennsylvania small business to purchase energy-efficient or pollution-prevention equipment or to implement waste-reduction processes.

Since 2004, more than 2,500 Pennsylvania small businesses have benefited from the program by upgrading lighting, installing efficient HVAC systems or investing in equipment designed to eliminate waste or pollution from their operations.

The grants are available for businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. More information is available through the Small Business Advantage Grant website.