Companies honored for contributions made to area’s economy, communities

Four Lycoming County companies recently were recognized for their enterprise, community involvement and other achievements.

Business officials say they are proud of their companies having either won or been nominated for the Governor’s ImPAct Awards, which are reflective of what they are trying to accomplish and represent.

Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance made 250 nominations for the awards.

The four area companies that won or were nominated for specific Governor’s ImPAct Awards were Kellogg’s, Halliburton, The Ralph S. Alberts Co./Alberts Spray Solutions LLC, and Discovery Machine.

Kellogg’s, Muncy received the Community Impact Award for Central Pennsylvania.

“It means a lot,” said plant manager Tim Bair. “Any kind of recognition when there are hundreds of finalists means a lot. I think we have a large group of caring people, all active in the community.”

Bair said the plant is a leading contributor to the United Way, and many employees are involved in charitable activities.

Bair and his wife, Jill, he said served as co-chairs of the Lycoming County United Way Fund Drive.

He said he is proud of the plant which employs 329 people.

“This is probably one of them best Kellogg’s plants I’ve ever run,” he said. “There are a lot of hard-working people.”

The award, he said, reflects the plant population who care about the communities where they live.

Overall, the company donated nearly $56,000 worth of products to community organizations, nonprofit events and overseas to the military in 2012.

The Ralph S. Albert Co./Alberts Spray Solutions, 60 Choate Circle, Montoursville received the Small Business Impact Award.

Company president and CEO Seth Alberts said the award is a reflection of the company’s innovative approach to business.

“We tried to figure out how we could take things we do and use them for gas companies,” he said. “We were able to develop a recyclable, environmentally friendly, extremely durable secondary containment liner.”

The product, he said, took off fast for the company in recent years.

“We now have different Alberts Spray Solutions in different locations,” he said. “The other big thing as well is we’ve been able to create 15 to 20 new jobs. So job creation is a big thing for us. That’s important to the community and us as well.”

Halliburton, Montgomery, was nominated for the Job Creation Award

And that’s no surprise to Stacie Shearer, the company’s northeastern senior recruitment specialist.

Halliburton, a service company for the gas and oil industry, has worked hard with Career Link, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Marcellus Shale Training Center and other entities to recruit people, she explained.

Since July 2010, Halliburton has hired 530 people at its Clinton Township plant, 85 percent of whom are area residents.

“These folks have been given an opportunity to have a career in the gas and oil industry,” she said. “Many have been able to career-path themselves into higher positions.”

Shearer also talked about the company’s military hiring initiatives.

Since May 2012, a total of 33 veterans have taken jobs at the plant.

“We also have gender diversity initiatives. We are ranked as one of the best places for female engineers to work by the Society of Women Engineers,” she said.

And, the company gives back to the community. It has been involved with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, and other civic and charitable organizations.

Discovery Machine, 459 Pine St., Williamsport provides business intelligence solutions, software tools and training to companies as well as the defense industry.

It was nominated for the Small Business Impact Award.

The small, but growing company, started by Todd W. and Anna Griffith about 10 years ago, employs 14 people locally.