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Greater Lehigh Valley companies nominated for Governor's ImPAct Awards

By , - Last modified: April 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

B. Braun Medical, ATAS International Inc. and PPL Corp. of Allentown, Lutron Electronics of Coopersburg, C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth and VF Factory Outlet of Wyomissing have been nominated by the state for Governor's ImPAct Awards.

The employers are all finalists in the Community Impact category, which is given to a company that "exemplifies the tenet of doing well by doing good."

According to organizers, the category is for companies that have showed a sustained commitment to the growth and development of its employees and the communities in which it does business.

Entrepreneur Impact Award finalists include Computer Aid Inc. and TerraGroup Corp. of Allentown, Freshpet of Bethlehem, CyOptics of Breinigsville and Dynalene Inc. of Whitehall.

That award is given to an entrepreneur who has "led his or her company to a position of strength" in areas including creativity and innovation.

Bioscience Inc and Bio Med Sciences Inc of Allentown, Bitronics LLC/NovaTech LLC and Saladax Biomedical Inc. and apprise Software Inc. of Bethlehem were nominated as finalists for the Export Impact Award. Also nominated were Weiler Corp. of Cresco, Video Ray of Pottstown and Vigon International Inc. of East Stroudsburg.

That award is for companies that have significantly increased export sales and have grown in new foreign markets since 2011.

Jobs First Award finalists include Bazzini LLC of Allentown, ABEC Inc. of Bethlehem, Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewing of Breinigsville and Crayola, Follett Corp. of Easton and East Penn Manufacturing of Lyon Station.

This award is given to a company that has demonstrated job growth and retention over two years.

Several small businesses also were nominated.

EcoTech Marine LLC and First Generation of Allentown, Altitude Marketing of Emmaus and F.C.I Language Translation and HindlePower Inc. of Easton, ASI of Montgomeryville, Appeeling Fruit Inc. of Dauberville and Megaphase of Stroudsburg are all up for Small Business Impact Awards as innovators within their industry.

"We're proud of the contributions we've made to growing and supporting businesses and economic development agencies throughout the commonwealth over the past 10 years," said Andrew Stanten, president and co-founder of Altitude Marketing, one of this year's nominees. "It's truly an honor to be a finalist for this recognition."

The Governor's ImPAct Awards will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 30 at Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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