York-Seaway Wins Governor’s Impact Award

York Seaway Wins Governor’s Impact Award

The top 50 Pennsylvania companies who are creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state’s economy were recognized at the inaugural Governor’s ImPAct awards.

York Seaway President and CEO, Rick York was the recipient of the Entrepreneur Impact Award. The award is given to an entrepreneur who has led his or her company to a position of strength in the marketplace by way of growth in one or all of the following areas: creativity, innovation, managerial ability, leadership skills and turnaround.

The Governor’s ImPAct Awards recognized 50 companies from throughout the state in five categories: Jobs First, Community Impact, Small Business Impact, Entrepreneurial Impact and Export Impact.
Nominations for each award were provided by the state’s regional economic development partners - the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) network. Each of the 10 PREP regions was eligible to submit up to five nominations per category. A total of 250 nominations were received.

York Seaway President & CEO Rick York ad this to say about the award; "In this business you have to be an optimist, there are a lot of up’s and downs. Over the years we have been fortunate to have loyal employees and loyal customers that have sustained us and helped us grow and thrive.  We take pride in our ingenuity and ability to address the unique needs of our customers.  Doing a good job is a given so, being recognized for what we do is gratifying and appreciated."

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said the awards program was created to "celebrate and recognize the Pennsylvania companies and individuals that are investing in our workers and helping to move our economy forward. Government doesn’t create jobs - it’s the businesses being honored today and the businesses throughout the state that are providing job opportunities for Pennsylvanians," Corbett said to a crowd of nearly 800 attendees. "It’s those same businesses that have created more than 125,000 private sector jobs the past two years."

York Seaway was established in 1975 as a total manufacturing company offering machining, welding and fabrication, design & engineering, assembly and industrial painting services. For 38 years York Seaway President, Rick York has invested time, capital and effort in the start-up and management of the company now based in Lake City, PA… 

In 2005 York Seaway acquired the 288,000 square foot vacated Copes Vulcan plant in Lake City, PA .keeping the facility on the tax rolls and sustaining employment for over 40 skilled and unskilled workers at a time when many manufacturing businesses were downsizing and throwing in the towel.

Leveraging space within the new facility, York Seaway began subleasing space to manufacturers with similar facility needs. Such arrangements have not only helped York Seaway pay for facility upgrades and maintenance; it also enables the integration of manufacturing capabilities among facility tenants.

Throughout the past recession, York Seaway not only adopted modern manufacturing methods, but also invested in development and launch of a new product. The Lake Erie Portable Screeners (LEPS) division was established in 2009 to enter a growing market and leverage significant experience in heavy earth moving equipment manufacturing.

Introduced at the nation’s largest trade show, the 2011 CONEXPO, the PitBull 2300 Portable Screener was shown to be easy to transport, set up, operate and maintain while providing the highest output in its class.





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