Five Lehigh Valley companies, a Berks County business and two Monroe County companies were among 50 businesses and entrepreneurs honored at the inaugural Governor’s ImPAct Awards in Hershey on Thursday.
The companies were recognized for creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state's economy.
Lehigh Valley-based recipients included:
• Community Impact Award – Air Products, Allentown.
• Entrepreneur Impact Award – Originate Ventures LLC, Bethlehem.
• Export Impact Award – abec Inc., Bethlehem.
• Jobs First Award – Bosch Rexroth Corp., Bethlehem.
• Small Business Impact Award – Puritan Products Inc., Bethlehem.
The Berks honoree was Custom Processing Services Inc. of Reading, which received the Small Business Impact Award.
Gov. Tom Corbett thanked the audience of nearly 700 for helping to move Pennsylvania forward.
"Each of you, in some way, is why we have added more than 125,000 private sector jobs to Pennsylvania's economy since I took office," Corbett said. "Thank you for investing in Pennsylvania and for joining with my administration in proving that Pennsylvania is open for business."
The awards were sponsored by the state's private sector partner, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and were coordinated by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia, the parent company of Lehigh Valley Business. Representatives from Team PA and Journal Multimedia evaluated the nominations and selected the award recipients.