Local business receives award from governor

From staff reports

HERSHEY – Nittany Paper Mills Inc. has been recognized by Governor Tom Corbett as one of 50 outstanding Pennsylvania companies and entrepreneurs for creating jobs, developing ideas, reaching new markets and making positive contributions in local communities at the 2014 Governor’s ImPAct Awards.

“Today, 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 on Friday. “This recognition goes beyond the contributions made to Pennsylvania’s diverse and vibrant economy. Today, we celebrate Pennsylvanians who embody the American dream by taking risks, working hard and achieving success.”

The awards recognized companies from throughout 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 the state’s partners, Team Pennsylvania Foundation and Journal Multimedia.

Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners, the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance network, which was developed to regionalize and coordinate local economic development services to businesses and entrepreneurs. All 10 PREP regions were eligible to submit up to five nominations per category. A total of 247 nominations were received.

Nittany Paper Mills, located at 6395 state Route 103, Lewistown, received the Jobs First Award for the Central region. The company manufactures and sells paper towels, tissue and soap.

More than 600 business leaders and economic development partners throughout the state attended last year’s inaugural awards in Hershey and attendance topped more than 700 this year. Gov. Corbett thanked the audience of more than 700 for helping to move Pennsylvania forward.

“All of you are champions in partnering with us to build a stronger Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.

The Corbett administration created the Governor’s ImPAct Awards initiative in 2013 to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating job opportunities and contributing to the state’s economy. The awards are sponsored at no cost to the taxpayers by the state’s private sector partner, Team PA, and are coordinated by DCED, Team PA and Journal Multimedia.

For more information, visit www.newPA.com/impact-awards.