The Governor's ImPAct Awards celebrate companies and people whose contributions are helping to drive Pennsylvania's economy.
The Governor’s ImPAct Awards celebrate companies and people whose contributions are helping to drive Pennsylvania’s economy.

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.

Central

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

Lehigh Valley

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

Northeast

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

Northwest

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

North Central

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

Northern Tier

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

South Central

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

Southeast

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

Southern Alleghenies

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

Southwest

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.

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