Local manufacturer honored for Community Impact

WhirleyDrink-Works! received the Community Impact Award from Gov. Tom Corbett on May 23, after being selected from six companies in eight northwestern Pennsylvania counties.

Jim Decker, president and chief executive officer of the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry said, “The six companies were selected by the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network, which is composed of representatives from the Economic Development Directors, the Northwest Industrial Resource Center, Gannon and Clarion Business Centers, and the Northwest Commission. The companies’ names were then forwarded to the state level, and six judges from across the state made the final selection.”

He said that nearly 700 people attended the luncheon in Hershey, where the Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies from Pennsylvania in five categories: Community Impact, Jobs First, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact.

Lincoln Sokolski of Whirley said, “I am extremely proud to accept this award on behalf of more than 300 Whirley TeamMates. We have a common bond in our belief that Warren is a great place to live and raise a family and in our commitment to do the work necessary to keep it that way. Our TeamMates are the winners because of their support for United Fund agencies, their volunteer work throughout the community, and their contributions in building a strong company that has provided hundreds of jobs for more than 50 years. We are Warren strong!”

Corbett said during the presentation, “Government doesn’t create jobs – it’s the businesses being honored today and the businesses throughout the state that are providing job opportunities for Pennsylvanians.”

“Each of you, in some way, is why we have added more than 125,000 private sector jobs to Pennsylvania’s economy since I took office,” he added. “Thank you for investing in Pennsylvania and for joining with my administration in proving that Pennsylvania is open for business.”

The awards are being sponsored at no cost to the taxpayers by the state’s private sector partner, Team Pennsylvania Foundation, and are coordinated by the Department of Community and Economic Development, Team Pa. and Journal Multimedia.

The Corbett administration created the awards initiative to honor businesses in Pennsylvania that are creating job opportunities and contributing to the states economy.

Northwest Savings Bank was also nominated for a Community Impact Award, and Betts Industries for a Export Impact Award.