Schramm, Inc. Wins Governor’s Export ImPAct Award

June 10, 2013

From left to right: Michael Young, President and CEO, PinnacleHealth, Nancy Collins, Group President, Xerox,  Fred Slack, V.P Business Development, Schramm, Inc., Michael McDonald, Office Managing Partner, KPMG, David Karafa, President of Pennsylvania Operations, First Energy

Area businesses were abuzz on May 23 as Governor Tom Corbett recognized companies in our region and across Pennsylvania for their efforts in creating jobs and helping to make the state’s economy stronger.

The framework for this honor was the inaugural Governor’s ImPAct Awards, a program the Corbett administration created to recognize Pennsylvania businesses that are contributing to the state’s economy.

“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.”

The ImPAct Awards are sponsored at no cost to taxpayers by the state’s private sector partner, the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, with coordination by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Team PA, and Journal Multimedia. Representatives from the Team PA Foundation and Journal Multimedia evaluated the nominations and selected the award recipients.

In all, 50 companies from across the state were acknowledged, with ImPAct awards handed out in five categories. These included: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact, and Export Impact.

The award winners were selected from a pool of 250 highly deserving nominees. At the ceremony, Corbett thanked the audience of nearly 700 for helping to move Pennsylvania forward.

“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,” Corbett said. “Thank you for investing in Pennsylvania and for joining with my administration in proving that Pennsylvania is open for business.”

DVIRC would like to congratulate Schramm and all of the local winners. The recipient list from our region is as follows:

  • Export Impact Award – Schramm, Inc., West Chester
  • Community Impact Award – Philadelphia Union, Chester
  • Entrepreneur Impact Award – Morphotek, Inc., Chester
  • Jobs First Award – Monroe Energy LLC, Trainer

When asked about Pennsylvania’s business resource pool, Schramm’s Vice President of Business Development, Fred Slack said that “…as a small company, Schramm leverages highly qualified consulting talent from DVIRC to help us with our strategic planning, marketing, and manufacturing processes, and from the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center – Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia for export assistance. These resources give us a significant competitive advantage in an increasingly competitive global environment.”

“The ImPAct Award program celebrates 50 Pennsylvania companies that demonstrate the leadership and drive to grow and compete in the global economy,” said Joe Houldin, CEO, DVIRC. “We are especially pleased that Schramm, a regional manufacturer and leader in their industry, was chosen to receive the well-deserved Export Impact award.”

“This inaugural award program is an important recognition for Pennsylvania companies contributing to our economy,” said Barry Miller, President of the DVIRC. “DVIRC and our economic development partners were able to acknowledge some of the businesses that are shaking things up and fueling our local economy, while giving them some well-deserved time in the limelight.

“This is exactly the type of collaboration we hope to see more of.” Miller added.