HERSHEY - Three Blair County companies were among 50 Pennsylvania companies recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett with 2014 Governor's Impact Awards.
Companies and entrepreneurs are given the awards for creating jobs, developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities.
The Governor's Impact Awards recognized 50 companies from across the state in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact. The awardees were chosen by an independent judging panel selected by Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia.
Local winners included Sheetz Inc, Altoona, Community Impact Award; Curry Supply Co., Martinsburg, Jobs First Award; and Keller Engineers Inc., Hollidaysburg, Small Business Impact Award.
Curry Supply is extremely proud to receive the award, President Jason Ritchey said.
"Our dedicated and hardworking employees are a key ingredient to our growth over the past 80 years. We've hired, and retained, 193 employees in the past two years alone. To be recognized in this way is a huge honor," Ritchey said.
Keller Engineers President Joe Keller credits his employees for the company receiving the recognition.
"What sets us apart from other firms is our employees. Our firm's steady growth is directly attributed to our talented, dedicated employees. They are genuinely interested in their projects, are committed to doing things correctly and meeting our client's goals. They establish life-long friendships with clients, funding agencies, review agencies, contractors and suppliers," Keller said. "I am proud of our team and appreciate our employees."
The Corbett administration created the Governor's Impact Awards initiative in 2013.
"We honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful and growing business," Corbett said in a release. "This recognition goes beyond the contributions made to Pennsylvania's diverse and vibrant economy."