The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 21, 2013

BUSINESS BRIEFS | Vale Wood official earns national award

The Tribune-Democrat

— Carissa Westrick, director of business development at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto, received national recognition with the “40 Under 40 in Agriculture Award” given by Vance Publishing Corp.

The 40 individuals were selected for their leadership and commitment in advancing the cause of doubling food production by 2050.

Westrick grew up on her family’s dairy farm, and ended up in Washington, D.C., after earning an economics degree.

After working with the National Milk Producers Federation for six years, she returned to Vale Wood Farms.

Rail lines, airports receive state money

Two area rail lines and two airports are among projects benefiting from more than

$26 million in state allocations announced recently.

In Cambria and Clearfield counties, the Penn Line of R.J. Corman Railroad Group will receive $525,000 to replace more than 12,000 feet of track, install a rail crossover and improve nearly five miles of track. The line connects Cresson, Clearfield, Clymer and Keating.

In Westmoreland County, Three Rivers Marine Rail Terminal LP is getting $1.1 million to build 8,000 feet of track and three switches to allow the company to be a train destination for coal and sand for gas drilling.

Also in Westmoreland, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is in line for $2 million for the first phase of constructing an addition to the terminal building.

In Blair County, Altoona-Blair County Airport will receive $200,000 toward replacement of the fuel facility.

Commission seeking award nominees

ALTOONA – The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission is looking for businesses that are creating jobs and making positive contributions to the state’s economy.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 14. Awards will be presented by Gov. Tom Corbett at the second annual Governor’s ImPAct Awards on May 14 in Hershey.

Corbett will recognize businesses in five categories and a winner from each of the state's economic development regions will be recognized.

For more information, contact Debbi Prosser at the commission by phone at 949-6522 or email at

Children’s Hospital receives recognition

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC has been recognized for the quality and safety of its care.

It is one of 13 pediatric hospitals in the country named to The Leapfrog Group’s 2013 class of Top Hospitals, based on the results of a survey that measures hospitals’ performance.

“Our primary goal is to deliver the highest quality of care in the safest, most efficient manner possible utilizing state-of-the-art technology and a family centered care philosophy,” said Christopher Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “Being named a Leapfrog Top Hospital is an indicator that we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes Barre, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and Westfield Hospital in Allentown are the state’s only general acute care hospitals on The Leapfrog Group’s list for this year.