20 Regional Companies Nominated for Awards

Twenty companies in Central Pennsylvania have been nominated for the Governor’s ImpPAct Awards, a new program for the Commonwealth, designed to recognize companies and individuals who are investing in Pennsylvania and creating jobs. The 20 firms were nominated by Central Region PREP (Partners for Regional Economic Performance), a network of business assistance providers working together to coordinate economic development efforts.

The Central Region PREP is one of ten such networks in Pennsylvania. Each of the PREP networks was able to select up to five nominees in each of the five ImPAct Award categories. The five categories and regional nominees include:

Community Impact ─ Firms committed to the growth and development of their employees and communities
Ideal Family Farms ─ Snyder County
Kelloggs ─ Lycoming County
Mount Nittany Medical Center ─ Centre County

Entrepreneur Impact ─ Individuals who have led their company through creativity, innovation, managerial ability, leadership skills and turnaround
Actuated Medical ─ Centre County
Acoustic Sheep ─ Centre County
Vargo Outdoors ─ Union County
Videon ─ Centre County

Export Impact ─ Companies that have significantly increased export sales and new foreign markets
Arcos Industries ─ Northumberland County
QBC Diagnostics/Drucker Company ─ Centre County
Restek ─ Centre County

Jobs First ─ Firms that have demonstrated consistent job growth and retention over the past two years
Halliburton ─ Lycoming County
K-Fab, Inc. ─ Columbia County
Pik-Rite ─ Union County
QBC Diagnostics/Drucker Company ─ Centre County
Strong Industries ─ Northumberland County

Small Business ─ Firms that have demonstrated innovative qualities, revenue/profit growth, and workforce growth
Buttonwood Campground ─ Juniata County
Custom Care Pharmacy ─ Northumberland County
Discovery Machine, Inc. ─ Lycoming County
HC Hood Co. ─ Centre County
Ralph S. Alberts Co., Inc. ─ Lycoming County

Central Region PREP will have one winner in each of the categories. They will be announced May 23 at the inaugural Governor’s ImPAct Awards event, at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA. Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.newpa.com/business/impact-awards.

The Central Region PREP network’s core partners include the region’s Industrial Resource Centers ─ the IMC and NEPIRC; the industrial development organizations; SEDA-Council of Governments; and the three Small Business Development Centers located at Penn State, Lock Haven University, and Bucknell University. The service provider network also includes the Governor’s Action Team, PennTAP, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Keystone Innovation Zones, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and the local Workforce Investment Board, to name a few. For more information and a complete list of the network’s members visit Central Region PREP at www.centralpabiz.org.


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