Two Lehigh Valley projects were among 10 in the State of Pennsylvania that contributed to the state winning a Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development.
The Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s $96 million distribution center in Bethlehem and a $60 million expansion at East Penn Manufacturing in Lyon Station, Berks County were submitted by the state Department of Economic Development as projects of the year to obtain the award.
The 2013 Gold and Silver Shovel Awards are handed out by Area Development magazine for excellence in U.S. state economic development.
The awards are open to all 50 states to submit information about its top 10 job creation and investment projects. Rankings are based on weighted factors, including combined number of new jobs created, amount of company investments, total number of new projects and diversity of investments. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2013 were considered.
Pennsylvania was one of four states to receive the award in the eight to 15 million population tier.
“The Silver Shovel Award is well-earned recognition of the jobs these 10 outstanding companies have created and the growth they’ve sparked for Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett.