HERSHEY – Governor Tom Corbett today recognized 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards.
Team Pennsylvania Foundation is a founding partner and co-sponsor of the awards program, now in its second year.
“Today, we honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful and growing business,” Corbett said. “This recognition goes beyond the contributions made to Pennsylvania’s diverse and vibrant economy. Today, we celebrate Pennsylvanians who embody the American dream by taking risks, working hard and achieving success.”
The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The awardees were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state’s partners, Team PA and Journal Multimedia.
Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners – the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. All 10 PREP regions were eligible to submit up to five nominations per category with a total of 247 entries being received.
The Corbett administration developed the PREP network to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides grants through PREP to local economic development service providers that provide assistance and other resources to support local business expansion and growth.
More than 600 business leaders and economic development partners throughout the state attended last year’s inaugural awards in Hershey and attendance topped more than 700 this year. Gov. Corbett thanked the audience for helping to move Pennsylvania forward.
“All of you are champions in partnering with us to build a stronger Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.
The Corbett administration created the Governor’s ImPAct Awards initiative in 2013 to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating job opportunities and contributing to the state’s economy. The awards are sponsored at no cost to the taxpayers by the state’s private sector partner, Team PA, and are coordinated by DCED, Team PA and Journal Multimedia.
For more information, visit newPA.com/impact-awards
Here is the list of the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Award recipients.
Community Impact Award – Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, State College
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Videon Central, Inc., State College
Export Impact Award – AcousticSheep, LLC, Bellefonte
Jobs First Award – Nittany Paper Mills, Inc., Lewistown
Small Business Impact Award – North Shore Railroad Company, Northumberland
Community Impact Award – B. Braun Medical, Bethlehem
Entrepreneur Impact Award – CAI Inc. / Computer Aid, Allentown
Export Impact Award – Bitronics LLC/NovaTech LLC, Bethlehem
Jobs First Award – Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery, Breinigsville
Small Business Impact Award – HindlePower, Inc., Easton
Community Impact Award – Benco Dental, Pittston
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Net Drive, Scranton
Export Impact Award – Vigon International, Inc., East Stroudsburg
Jobs First Award – Sallie Mae, Inc., Wilkes-Barre
Small Business Impact Award – Kevins® Worldwide, Scranton
Community Impact Award – MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP, Erie
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Davis Alloys Manufacturing, LLC, Sharon
Export Impact Award – Betts Industries, Inc., Warren
Jobs First Award – C&J Industries, Inc., Meadville
Small Business Impact Award – Optical Filters USA, Meadville
Community Impact Award – GKN Sinter Metals, Emporium
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Penn Pallet, Inc., St. Marys
Export Impact Award – REICHdrill, Inc., Philipsburg
Jobs First Award – Metco Industries, Inc., St. Marys
Small Business Impact Award – St. Marys Carbon, St. Marys
Community Impact Award – Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, Montrose
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Soil Services Company, Inc., Forksville
Export Impact Award – MetalKraft Industries, Inc., Wellsboro
Jobs First Award – Hoff Mechanical, Inc., Lawrenceville
Small Business Impact Award – Keck’s Food Service Inc., Millerton
Community Impact Award – Pierson Computing Connection, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Hauk Designs LLC, Chambersburg
Export Impact Award – Klinge Corporation, York
Jobs First Award – Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg
Small Business Impact Award – Legacy, Hanover
Community Impact Award – The Vanguard Group, Valley Forge
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Team Clean, Inc., Philadelphia
Export Impact Award – Nielsen-Kellerman, Boothwyn
Jobs First Award – Urban Outfitters, Inc., Philadelphia
Small Business Impact Award – Talluto’s Authentic Italian Food, Folcroft
Community Impact Award – Sheetz, Inc., Altoona
Entrepreneur Impact Award – JWF Industries, Johnstown
Export Impact Award – UMF Medical, Johnstown
Jobs First Award – Curry Supply Company, Martinsburg
Small Business Impact Award – Keller Engineers, Inc., Hollidaysburg
Community Impact Award – Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Pittsburgh
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Quality Mould, Inc., Latrobe
Export Impact Award – ChemImage Corp., Pittsburgh
Jobs First Award – Pace Industries, Airo Division, Loyalhanna
Small Business Impact Award – Thorley Industries LLC, d/b/a 4moms, Pittsburgh
Team PA congratulates all the finalists and winners for the ImPAct they have throughout the commonwealth.