BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

Harrisburg is hailing the ability of a Bethlehem company to keep people employed.

ABEC Incorporated has won the state labor department's "Employer of the Year" award.

ABEC is a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company.

Officials say the award is partly based on ABEC's work with local schools and the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board.

ABEC has doubled the size of its employee base over the last year.