Nittany Paper Mills receives Governor’s Impact Award

LEWISTOWN – Nittany Paper Mills Inc., located in Lewistown, was a winner of the prestigious Governor’s Impact Award for 2014. Donald Chapman III, president, accepted the award from Gov. Tom Corbett on behalf of Nittany’s employees and investors at a statewide luncheon on May 30.

Nittany Paper Mills Inc. was started in 2005 with just part-time personnel and one machine inside a 5,000-square-foot building at the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corp. Plaza.

Today, the company employs 70 full-time workers, and it occupies a 125,000- square-foot facility at the MCIDC Plaza along with 10,000 square feet at the former Junction Fire Co. building. Thirty-seven of these staff members were added in the past two years.

The business has grown and added workers by using a comprehensive strategy involving Pennsylvania’s loan programs, PA Preferred Program, and the government procurement network. The owners continually invest in machinery and introduce new products for its primary market of small business customers.

Corbett and Team PA Foundation designed the Governor’s Impact Awards to celebrate companies and individuals who are investing in Pennsylvania and creating jobs. Launched in 2013, the Impact Award is an annual competition culminating in a statewide luncheon event where finalists and 50 winners from throughout the state are announced. An independent panel of judges evaluate the pool of finalists based on merit to determine a winner from each region in the state.