News Release
Release No.STELPRD4014801
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
Jay Fletcher202-690-0498
Honor Recognizes Unilife Corporation and ASK Foods for Success Creating Jobs
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 21, 2012 --

@@Local Contact:

Dawn Knepp, 717-237-2286

National Contact:

Jay Fletcher, 202-690-0498

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Businesses Invited to the White House

Honor Recognizes Unilife Corporation and ASK Foods for Success Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON, February 21, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 71 manufacturing businesses were honored Friday at a White House event to recognize the success of manufacturing in rural America. The event at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building also included representatives of financial institutions that have provided capital and support for these businesses.

“The manufacturing sector plays an important part in the nation’s economy,” USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager said. “These companies demonstrate that U.S. manufacturing – through innovation, dedication and tireless hard work – will continue to create jobs that keep Americans working and our rural communities thriving.”

The businesses honored Friday have been supported by USDA Rural Development’s Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, which helps provide capital and technical assistance to create jobs and spur economic development. USDA has several other programs that aid businesses, promote job growth and foster regional economic partnerships. For more information on these programs, go to

“These companies exemplify what can be accomplished when government works with businesses, local officials and rural residents,” said Judith Canales, administrator of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

The Pennsylvania companies honored include:

    • Unilife Corporation in York, PA. Unilife develops and supplies innovative medical devices to healthcare and pharmaceutical customers.

    • ASK Foods, Inc. in Palmyra, PA. ASK Foods purchases and distributes locally grown food products.

For a complete list of honorees, click here

Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities.  From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President is committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $165 billion in affordable loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.


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