Pennsylvania earned itself a “Silver Shovel” award from Area Development magazine for its resume of 2012 job creation and investment projects, Gov. Tom Corbett announced today.
The commonwealth was one of three states to receive that award in the 10 million-plus population tier and the only Northeast state overall to earn recognition. Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Texas were honored with gold, according to the publication.
The annual Shovel Awards are given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on job creation, amount of investment, number of new facilities and industry diversity. Each state submits its top 10 development projects.
Pennsylvania submitted projects in Berks, Cumberland, Delaware, Franklin, Lehigh, Washington and Westmoreland counties, according to the governor’s office.
Included on the list were the meat-packaging facility in Lower Allen Township for Ahold USA, the Cumberland County-based parent of Giant Food Stores; the Dollar General and PetSmart distribution facilities off Interstate 78 in Berks County; and Volvo Construction Equipment’s manufacturing facility in Franklin County.
In total, the 10 submitted projects represent 3,914 jobs to be created and capital investments of about $1.04 billion, according to figures from the governor’s office.