Three Blair County companies were among 50 honored Thursday as winners of the inaugural Governor's Impact Awards.
Keller Engineers Inc. of Hollidaysburg captured the Community Impact Award; ORX Railway Corp. of Tipton received the Entrepreneur Impact Award; and New Pig Corp. of Tipton received the Export Impact Award. All three were for the Southern Alleghenies region.
QBC Diagnostics and the Drucker Co. of Port Matilda captured the Jobs First Award in the Central region.
The Corbett administration created the awards initiative to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating job opportunities and contributing to the state's economy.
The Governor's Impact Awards recognized companies in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneur Impact and Export Impact. The recipients were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by the state's partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia. One winner in each of 10 economic development areas was selected for each category, bringing the total number of companies honored to 50.
Both Keller Engineers and New Pig Corp. were honored to receive their respective awards.
"Part of our vision statement is to give back to the communities in which we work. We encourage our employees to participate in and contribute to worthy community causes and organizations. It is nice to be recognized for this effort," Keller Engineers President Joe Keller said.
"We appreciate the governor's efforts to create an economic environment in the commonwealth that supports export growth," said Clark Stapelfeld, director of New Pig's international division.
President Glenn Brandimarte of ORX Railway Corp. said he was surprised his company was selected for the award.
"We have a lot of dedicated, hard-working, talented people here, and that's what enables us to provide the high quality, highly technical products that we make. There is a really solid group of guys that have worked here at ORX for over 25 years," Brandimarte said. "I'm just really proud of the people we have, their attitudes and their passion for the work they do."
QBC Diagnostics and The Drucker Company also was pleased to be honored.
"Our growth can be directly attributed to the hard working employees of QBC Diagnostics and The Drucker Company. This award not only reflects the growth of jobs in our company but also continues to allow us to have a firm foundation for future growth in Centre County, Pennsylvania and around the world," President Ken Moscone Sr said.
Nominations for each award were provided by the state's regional economic development partners - the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance network. A total of 250 nominations were received.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.