Exeter Township business among 50 companies lauded at Governor’s Impact Awards
by Shannon Simcox, Reading Eagle
Custom Processing Services Inc. was among 50 Pennsylvania companies that received awards Thursday at the inaugural Governor’s Impact Awards.
The Exeter Township business, along with three other Berks County companies, was nominated in one of the five categories for positive contributions in the state.
Recognized as a recipient of the Small Business Impact Award, Custom Processing President Gregg Shemanski said: “It’s pretty incredible. It’s edifying. I’m proud of everybody at the company, proud of everybody that works with us and helped us get there.”
Shemanski, who attended the event with Vice President Jeff Klinger and others from the company, said the award highlighted its job growth, physical expansion, leadership in the micronizing field and commitment to its community.
Presented by Gov. Tom Corbett, the Department of Community & Economic Development, the Team PA Foundation and Journal Multimedia, the awards recognize private-sector employers that have helped to make Pennsylvania a great place in which to work and live, said Steven Kratz, director of communications for DCED.
“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 in a prepared statement.
One company from each of the 10 DCED Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance regions was nominated for one of the five awards: the Community Impact Award, Export Impact Award, Jobs First Award, Small Business Impact Award and Entrepreneur Impact Award.
“We wanted to cover all types of businesses, large and small,” Kratz said of the categories.
Berks is part of the southeastern region, which also encompasses Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware counties.
Some 250 companies were nominated for the Impact Awards, Kratz said. From there, a judging panel narrowed down each field.
Other Berks companies nominated were:
Community Impact Award: Rentokil North America/J.C. Ehrlich, Spring Township.
Export Impact Award: GK Elite Sportswear, 2136 N. 13th St.
Jobs First Award: East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc., near Lyons.
Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry President and CEO Ellen T. Horan said she was happy with the representation.
“I am very pleased to have Berks so well represented on the list of awardees,” she said. “It speaks to the strong diversity of our industrial base as well as the strength of our industries’ innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.”
Mike Dane, Nominee Rentokil’s vice president of marketing, said each of the company’s branches has its own community projects, from Little League to Rotary Clubs.
He said the company was happy that it was chosen as one of the finalists.
“It feels great, especially to be part of the first one,” he said. “We’re glad that the governor and the state are recognizing these types of efforts.”
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Originally Published: 12/28/2011