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WEDCO officers present the 2021 Innovator of the Year Award to Nicola Pilone, President and CEO of PTubes, Inc., Honesdale. Pictured, from left, are Tony Herzog, Tina Diehl, Nicola Pilone and Wayne Stephens.

Wayne Economic Development Corporation announced PTubes in Honesdale was named their 2021 Innovator of the Year.

Nicola Pilone, president and CEO, accepted the award at WEDCO’s December Board of Directors’ meeting. Accompanying him was HR Manager Connie Mellin.

PTube’s achievement was also acknowledged by state Sen. Lisa Baker through a certificate of recognition, presented on her behalf by Tony Herzog of the senator’s Hawley District Office.

WEDCO was not able to hold their annual award luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because we could not meet in person, Troy Bystrom, Pocono Mountain Film & TV, created a wonderful video of PT that we can share with our community,” said WEDCO executive director Mary Beth Wood. A link to the video is found on WEDCO’s homepage at www.WayneEconomic.com.

“The video provides insight into a manufacturing business that chose to locate in Wayne County and is thriving,” said Ms. Wood.

PTubes, a manufacturer of HVAC line sets, received the 2021 Innovator of the Year Award for their innovation in manufacturing, product development, workforce development, and business growth. WEDCO President Wayne Stephens praised PTubes, stating their patented, specialized technologies for insulating copper tubing is revolutionizing the HVAC industry.

The insulated copper tubing manufactured at PT’s Honesdale facility is a key component of HVAC systems. The materials and technologies developed by PT enhance reliability, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the carbon footprint and energy usage of the HVAC system. According to Mr. Pilone, insulating 10 feet of copper line saves the energy equivalent of one tree.

The Honesdale manufacturing facility, established in 2018, is responsible for 100% of PT’s products shipped throughout the United States and Canada. The two countries are the largest HVAC market in the world. The company chose its Honesdale location because of the available workforce. The company employs approximately 20 and has plans to expand.

PT is a partnership between Pilone and Feinrohren, a manufacturer of copper tubing located in Italy. PTubes develops new products for the HVAC/refrigeration industry and has several patents pending in the United States and Canada. They ship approximately 3,000 line sets per day or 650,000 units a year from Honesdale.

For more information about PT, visit www.ptubesinc.com.

WEDCO presents the Innovator of the Year Award annually to a business that demonstrates enterprising spirit, determination, and creativity to invigorate Wayne County’s economy, promote job creation, and enrich the county’s character and uniqueness.

For more information about WEDCO, visit WayneEconomic.com, or contact them at 570-253-5334 or mbw@wedcorp.org. Connect with WEDCO on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. Also check out Wayne County videos at www.youtube.com/waynecountypa.

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