Hershey, PA – Team Pennsylvania Foundation (Team PA) President Laura Williams today recognized 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, expanding into new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Awards.

“Today we celebrate Pennsylvanians who work hard every day to help their workers thrive, to grow their companies, and to improve the communities in which they live.” said Ms. Williams. “All of these things, one day, one place at a time, help to make Pennsylvania better.”

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies at the Hershey Lodge from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs That Pay, 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. A total of 214 nominations were received in 2015.

The PREP network works to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards initiative is designed to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that see the value and benefits of doing business in the commonwealth. The awards are sponsored by Team PA, and are coordinated with Journal Multimedia.

Editor’s Note: Below is a list of the 2015 Governor’s ImPAct Award recipients.

Community Impact Award – Playworld, Lewisburg
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Cheetah Chassis, Berwick
Export Impact Award – AccuWeather, Inc., State College
Jobs That Pay Award – Otto’s Pub and Brewery, State College
Small Business Impact Award – AE Works, Ltd., State College

Lehigh Valley
Community Impact Award – Just Born Quality Confections, Bethlehem
Entrepreneur Impact Award – CyOptics, Inc., Breinigsville
Export Impact Award – C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth
Jobs That Pay Award – Follett Corporation, Easton
Small Business Impact Award – Orbel Corporation, Easton

Community Impact Award – Harrold’s Pharmacy, Inc., Wilkes-Barre
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Golden Technologies, Old Forge
Export Impact Award – Lockheed Martin, Archbald
Jobs That Pay Award – Solar Innovations, Inc., Pine Grove
Small Business Impact Award – Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Clarks Summit

Community Impact Award – Allegheny Outfitters. Warren
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Voodoo Brewery, Meadville
Export Impact Award – Forta Corporation, Grove City
Jobs That Pay Award – Autosoft, West Middlesex
Small Business Impact Award – Kuhn Tool and Die, Meadville

North Central
Community Impact Award – American Refining Group, Bradford
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Laughing Owl Press Co., Kane
Export Impact Award – MacDonald & Owen Lumber Company, Brookville
Jobs That Pay Award – Miller and Machine Company, Brookville
Small Business Impact Award – Atlas Press Metals, DuBois

Northern Tier
Community Impact Award – Southwestern Energy Company, Tunkhannock
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Wellsboro House, Wellsboro
Export Impact Award – Oak Hill Veneer dba Channel Veneers USA, Troy
Jobs That Pay Award – Cargill Meat Solutions, Wyalusing
Small Business Impact Award – Penn Troy Manufacturing, Inc., Troy

South Central
Community Impact Award – Penn Waste, Manchester
Entrepreneur Impact Award – Military Apparel Company, Gardners
Export Impact Award – CAM Innovation, Hanover
Jobs That Pay Award –New Standard, York
Small Business Impact Award – Stoner, Inc., Quarryville

Community Impact Award – Communications Test Design, Inc., West Chester
Entrepreneur Impact Award – The Ciright Companies, West Conshohocken
Export Impact Award – Radius Toothbrush, Kutztown
Jobs That Pay Award – Barry Callebaut USA, LLC, Eddystone
Small Business Impact Award – Nave Newell, Wayne

Southern Alleghenies
Community Impact Award – JWF Industries, Johnstown
Entrepreneur Impact Award – New Pig Corp., Tipton
Export Impact Award – Guy Chemical Company, Inc., Somerset
Jobs That Pay Award – Huntingdon Fiberglass Products
Small Business Impact Award – In-Shore Technologies, Inc., Johnstown

Community Impact Award – TowerCare Technologies (dba DonorPro), Wexford
Entrepreneur Impact Award – threeRivers 3D, Gibsonia
Export Impact Award – Cima Life Sciences, Pittsburgh
Jobs That Pay Award – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Small Business Impact Award – Wombat Security Technologies, Pittsburgh