Numerous local companies are among nominees for the second annual Governor's Impact Awards.
The awards program was developed in 2013 to recognize companies and entrepreneurs throughout Pennsylvania that are creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state's economy.
Companies that were nominated must be based or have significant operations in Pennsylvania, be for-profit entities and be in good standing with the state Department of Revenue.
Pennsylvania's businesses and entrepreneurs are the true drivers of our economy by employing so many hard-working Pennsylvanians," Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement.
The Governor's Impact Awards recognize companies from throughout the state in five categories: jobs first, community impact, small business impact, entrepreneurial impact and export impact.
Finalists for the Community Impact Award include 1st Summit Bank and Galliker Dairy Co. of Johnstown, Makdad Industrial Supply and Sheetz Inc. of Altoona and Somerset Trust Co. of Somerset.
Finalists for the Entrepreneur Impact Award include Better Batter and the Blair Companies of Altoona, Huntingdon Cinema Inc. and Stone Town Gallery LLC of Huntingdon and JWF Industries of Johnstown.
Export Impact Award finalists include Bedford Forest Products Inc. of Bedford, DeVilbiss Healthcare LLC of Somerset, John R. Wald Co. of Huntingdon, McLanahan Corp. of Hollidaysburg and UMF Medical of Johnstown.
McLanahan Corp. is honored to be named as a finalist.
"The company has experienced explosive growth over the past five years, and much of that growth has been in the international marketplace, including Europe, India and Australia. Currently, we are expanding our presence in Latin America and Western Africa and as well as researching other global markets," said spokeswoman Heather Wilt. "As a 179-year-old company, McLanahan's values and commitment to our employees have remained a priority, and we are excited about the growth of the company."
Finalists for the Jobs First Award include CTCI LLC - Carevision Brand of Johnstown, Curry Supply Co. of Curryville, Huntingdon Fiberglass Products LLC of Huntingdon, ITI Manufacturing of Meyersdale and NEW Customer Service Company, an Asurion Com., of Altoona.
"We are extremely proud to be named a finalist for this prestigious award," said Curry Supply owner Jason Ritchey. "We recognize the importance and value of acquiring and retaining a quality work force, both for our company and the state of Pennsylvania. To be recognized in this area is an honor."
Small Business Impact Award finalists include Blair Candy Co. of Altoona, Children's Express of Cresson, In-Shore Technologies of Johnstown, Keller Engineers of Hollidaysburg and NE Reihart and Sons Inc. of Huntingdon.
"It is a nice honor being named a finalist. Not many small family-run companies are still around in our industry. As we have moved into our fourth generation, we hope to continue our success in the future as we continue to grow," said Blair Candy President Pat Dandrea.
The winners will be announced May 30.
Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.