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ImPAct Awards go to 5 in Pittsburgh region

| Friday, May 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Five companies from the Pittsburgh region were recognized Thursday by Gov. Tom Corbett for job creation and making positive contributions to the state's economy.

During a ceremony in Hershey, the winners of the inaugural ImPAct Awards were announced in five categories: Community Impact, Entrepreneur Impact, Export Impact, Jobs First and Small Business Impact. The five winners were selected from 25 finalist companies.

“Today we honor the men and women who spend countless hours providing the leadership and care that it takes to run a successful business,” Corbett said. “You are the champions partnering with us to put Pennsylvania on the path of growth.”

Neubauer's Flowers and Market House Inc., a more than 90-year-old business in Uniontown, won the Community Impact award for its “role in turning a depressed downtown area into a thriving retail community,” according to a statement from the governor's office.

Winning the Entrepreneur Impact award was Jason Wolfe, CEO of Giftcards.com, a Green Tree company that runs a coupon and gift card website. “He believes in giving back to his community and has been on three mission trips to Haiti,” the governor's office said.

The Export Impact award went to 84 Lumber Co., which has worked to expand its export business. Korea is the company's largest foreign market, and it has shipped products to Chile, Iraq and Mongolia in the last two years.

Industrial Scientific Corp., an Oakdale maker of gas detection and other industrial safety equipment, received the Jobs First award for its recent employment growth. “Just last October, the manufacturer posted more than 40 new positions and filled most of them by the end of the year,” the governor's office said.

The Small Business Impact Award went to Hormann Flexon LLC, a Leetsdale manufacturer of industrial and commercial high-speed doors. The company's new $10 million manufacturing center, expected to open this summer, was highlighted. “The move to a new facility will position the company to become an industry leader, while continuing to grow its market share and create more local manufacturing jobs,” the governor's office said.

Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or anixon@tribweb.com.

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