Two Clarkson students win $50K in prize money for recycle glass business venture
POTSDAM: Two Clarkson seniors are involved with a venture business that recently won $50,000 in two national competitions.
KLAW Industries, a business owned by two Clarkson seniors and one Binghamton University student, is focused on recycling glass into a product used in concrete manufacturing, won the grand prizes from two national competitions in two days.
On April 14, they won $40,000 by taking first place in Texas Christian University’s International Values and Ventures Competition, and April 15, they took first place and another $10,000 in the University of Georgia-Athens Next Top Entrepreneur Competition.
KLAW Industries turns recycled glass into a pozzolan that is used in concrete manufacturing. The company is co-owned by Jack Lamuraglia ’21, an electrical engineering major, Tanner Wallis ’21, a mechanical engineering major and Jacob Kumpon, a junior at Binghamton University.
KLAW Industries submitted their product called Pantheon™ for the contests, which can be used to replace 30% of cement in concrete. This makes the concrete 11% stronger, more chemically resistant, and very sustainable. Using five tons of Pantheon™ in concrete has the same CO2 savings as taking a car off the road for a year.
KLAW advanced to the final round of the 12th annual New York Business Plan Competition, which is held next month.
KLAW Industries is currently located at the Souther Tier Incubator and is process of finding a suitable location for its first pilot plant, according to their website.