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By Spencer Myers

It has always been Pennsylvania Business Central’s pleasure to welcome the new year by honoring 100 organizations in our readership that continue to strengthen our region’s B2B marketplace.

This year, we saw a record amount of nominations come in from every corner of our readership. While this makes it harder for us to decide on the final 100, it lets us rest easy in knowing that the final list better represents the businesses serving our readership.

The companies and organizations were selected based on three core components: consistent growth, commitment to honest business practices and community giving.

Simply put, the company or organization must be an asset to the community. Sometimes that stems from a commitment to charity and volunteering, as you’ll find with companies that require volunteer hours or organize charitable events. Sometimes its from creating a strong base of employment for a region, as you’ll find with the large manufacturers, healthcare networks and financial centers featured. Or sometimes it’s from attracting other businesses to the area by maintaining, as you’ll find with chambers of commerce and other area associations.

When put together, all three kinds of organizations are responsible for and proud of growing the economy of the Commonwealth, and that is what makes them a Top 100 Organization.

When crafting the profiles for this edition, we asked each company or organization what they felt their responsibility to their community was and what they consider to be their proudest moment. Interestingly enough, the answers to both questions often aligned. The old adage goes, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think this year’s Top 100 Organizations proves that being proud of fulfilling your responsibility to the community is an important component of that love.

Although, as in years previous, we feature a few promising, emerging start- ups, I view this edition as a chance to honor the established institutions in our readership that provide that bedrock for the entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow up out of. The manufacturers that prove, “yes we do still make things in America” and the community banks that prove the financial sector can care about the people it does business with.

We hope that the final list represents the wide array of businesses and organizations that keep our state moving forward.

Looking forward, the editorial team at the Pennsylvania Business Central, along with the Marcellus Business Central and Women in Business, is excited to continue to be at the center of it all. 

2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Concurrent Technologies Corporation

Est. 1987

As an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) provides innovative management and technology-based solutions to government and industry. Together with its affiliates—Enterprise Ventures Corporation and CTC Foundation—the company leverages research, development, test and evaluation work to provide transformative, full lifecycle solutions.

In 2016, CTC was again named “One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute and won two awards for workplace safety from the National Safety Council as well as an Edison Award for SYLAS-R2, a water recycling system originally created for the Department of Defense. Captive Resources, LLC awarded CTC an Affinity Risk Control Award for success in safety and claims management, recognizing the company’s efforts in risk control that have resulted in a safe work environment for employees as well as reduced overhead costs for insurance premiums.

For outstanding support of its employees serving in the U.S. military, the company also earned the Soaring Eagle Award and its sixth “Best for Vets Employer” honor, which reflect employee nominations of CTC and Enterprise Ventures Corporation. In 2016, 37 percent of all new employees at CTC and its affiliates were veterans.

Concurrent Technologies Corporation CTC and its employees are committed to adding value to the communities where they live and work. In Fiscal Year 2016, CTC’s wholly-owned affiliate, CTC Foundation, provided more than $156,000 in community support to charitable organizations in locations where CTC and its affiliates maintain a presence to help improve the quality of life of residents. A majority of these funds were spent in the Johnstown/Cambria County region.

CTC is a perennial member (12 consecutive years) of the Top 100 Organizations.

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