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What midstate companies topped the Manufacturers’ Association list?

Several were recognized for success at Manufacturers' Association event in York recently

David O'Connor//May 5, 2016

What midstate companies topped the Manufacturers’ Association list?

Several were recognized for success at Manufacturers' Association event in York recently

David O'Connor//May 5, 2016

For its efforts, regional manufacturer APX, which has three subsidiaries in Franklin County and one in York County, was honored last week by the Manufacturers’ Association as the region’s “Manufacturer of the Year.”

The company’s sales jump is “an impressive feat during what many consider to be challenging times in manufacturing,” the association said in a news release.

The firm and other winners were honored during the Manufacturers’ Association’s 110th annual event last month at the Pullo Center, Penn State York.

Other winners were:

York-based Glatfelter, named as the top “Manufacturing Innovator.

The firm, a supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, was honored for its “innovative use of sensor technologies” at its facility in Spring Grove, York County, “to optimally manage the maintenance and reliability of production equipment,” the association release said.

Glatfelter employs over 4,300 people, serves customers in over 100 countries and has sales exceeding $1.7 billion annually, the manufacturers’ group said.

The Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp., recognized as the association’s “Partner of the Year.”

The EDC was recognized for meeting with over 60 business in its county to create a county “Workforce Alliance” designed “to build stronger connections so that businesses, educators and service providers can dialogue and find solutions for workforce issues,” the association said.

The Lebanon organization has led an effort to bring together county schools, training organizations and manufacturers to develop curriculum and training to support the demands of manufacturers, the association said.

The individual manufacturing and partnership awards for the evening were presented by the evening’s keynote speaker, the political strategist and author Karl Rove.

Founded in 1906, the York-based Manufacturers’ Association serves nearly 350 member companies, offering employee education, networking, training and workforce development for manufacturing, production and logistics companies.

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