EDAWN salutes ‘existing’ companies at event
The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada dignitaries, community guests and sponsors on Oct. 22 celebrated the contributions and successes of existing primary companies in the Greater Reno-Sparks area at the 4th Annual Existing Industry Awards Event held at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino.
More than 50 companies from Washoe County, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and Fernley, were recognized for their valuable contributions.
The nominations were open to all primary companies doing business in the areas served by EDAWN. The honorees:
President’s Award- Reno Sparks Cab Co., and whittlesea Checker Taxi/Bell Limo.
Biggest Little WOW Award- Filament
Corporate Citizen Award- Burkhart Dental
Employees First Award- Advanced Precision Manufacturing, Inc.
Founders Award- Sierra Nevada Corporation
Leader in Sustainability Award- Fortifiber
Think Local Award- Sports Attack
Community Partner Award- Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Company of the Year Award, Small- Bristlecone Holdings
Company of the Year Award, Large- Server Technology
Manufacturing Excellence Award, Small- Itronics, Inc.
Manufacturing Excellence Award, Large- Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems
“Retention and support of our existing industry is the most important thing we can do for economic development in the region,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN. “While the media tends to report and highlight the new companies entering our market, this event is a small token of our appreciation as a community for these existing companies, as we take time to celebrate and recognize their many contributions and accomplishments,” he said.
EDAWN also announced an expansion for Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, which is building a bio-refinery in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Jeanne Benedetti, senior director of project development for Fulcrum, shared the news with guests at the event about the bio-refinery which will convert municipal solid waste into low-cost, clean, transportation fuel products.
Fulcrum plans to hire over 30 employees and will generate additional construction jobs. More than $297 million will be invested in this project.
“We are huge fans of doing business in Northern Nevada. We love the location. We love the potential for employees. And, frankly, we love how easy it is to work with the business community,” says Havelock Wool CEO Andrew Legge.