MVEDP Honors Two Area Business Owners
At a luncheon held on Friday, April 25th, the Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership honored two area business owners: Bryan Bennett, owner of Central Steamer and Joel Albert, founder and president of GeoTech Engineering. Bennett was honored as the MVEDP’s Entrepreneur of the Year while Mr. Albert and his GeoTech Engineering company was recognized as the MVEDP’s Small Business of the Year.
First row: Bryan Bennett, owner of Central Steamer, Entrepreneur of the Year; Joel and Patty Albert, owners and founders of GeoTech Engineering, Small Business of the Year; and Jeff Herr, MVEDP Board of Directors President.
Second row: Stan LaFuria, MVEDP Executive Director; State Rep. Tommy Sankey; State Rep. Scott Conklin; and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson.
"The Partnership just celebrated its 26th year of providing community and economic development services in the greater Moshannon Valley region," said Stan LaFuria, Executive Director. Each year, we have a dinner or luncheon event which we use as a forum to honor business owners in the area. Last year, we honored the businesses that have been members of the Partnership for 25 years. We also honored a number of business owners for the many years that they have been in business. We are pleased to recognize owners for the contributions that they make to this area, and for their work to make their businesses a success," he said.
GeoTech Engineering, Inc. was founded by Joel Albert in 1996. It is a multidiscipline engineering firm with offices located in Morrisdale, DuBois, Bridgeville and Punxsutawney. GeoTech's primary emphasis is to provide quality engineering, geological/hydrological and surveying services to both their private clients and government agencies. In addition to Pennsylvania, GeoTech is licensed in Ohio, New York and West Virginia and serves a wide variety of clients including the natural gas, mining, and land development industries.
GEI Services LLC, GeoTech's sister company, provides material testing services such as concrete and soil compaction testing as well as geotechnical drilling and dynamic compaction for densification of sites with poor soil bearing capacity.
Bryan Bennett was honored as the MVEDP's Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Bennett left a large corporation in 2004 to start his own business: Central Steamer. The business was started with just a small amount of money and no customers. After ten years in business, Central Steamer has cleaned well over 10,000 properties located throughout the state of Pennsylvania. The business prides itself on repeat business and new customers generated by word of mouth advertising. "Central Pennsylvania is an excellent place to do business and we are thankful for our many loyal customers," said Bennett.
Mr. Bennett has other businesses including Bennett Rentals and Bennett Lawn Care & Landscaping. He recently retired his disc jockey business after having successfully operated that business for 25 years.
Held at the Cen-Clear Child Services administration building, the event featured guest speakers State Representative Tommy Sankey, and U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson. State Representative Scott Conklin was in attendance as well as county commissioners John Sobel, Chris Exarchos, and Steve Dershem. There were 110 business leaders, elected officials and Partnership members in attendance.