Pa. recognizes local businesses for hiring, workforce development efforts

Lehigh County company recognized as Pa. employer of year

HERSHEY, Pa. - Ten employers and training providers are being recognized for their efforts to keep Pennsylvanians working.

Representatives of state workforce development agencies on Thursday presented the businesses with various awards at the 29th annual Pennsylvania Partners Employment, Training & Education Conference, which is being held in Hershey this week.

"The businesses recognized today are the embodiment of workforce development in Pennsylvania," said Labor & Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway. "Their commitment to training employees and overcoming obstacles in the workplace will serve our citizens by shaping a stronger economic future for Pennsylvania."

ABEC Inc. in Lehigh County was named the Pennsylvania employer of the year.

East Penn Manufacturing in Berks County received a Governor's Award for Employers Hiring Workers with Disabilities.

Home Instead Senior Care in Berks County was named an outstanding employer by the Department of Aging.

"We're pleased to recognize groups from our workforce that seek out and retain older workers," Department of Aging Secretary Brian Duke said. "Our thanks go out to employers who utilize the experience and talents of older Pennsylvanians re-entering the workforce after personal challenges."

Ateeco Inc. in Schuylkill County was presented with a Governor's Workforce Development Award.

Pennsylvania Partners, an association of workforce development professionals in each of the state's 23 workforce investment areas, sponsors the annual conference, which attracts more than 800 private and public job training experts from across Pennsylvania.

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