Contact: Ken Horseman
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2001

BUSINESS WINS SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
2nd Annual Award Highlights Innovative Technology

MONTPELIER- Governor Howard Dean, M.D. presented Bowles Corporation of North Ferrisburg the second annual Vermont Small Business Innovator of the Year Award at the Vermont Innovation Forum Nov. 13 at Killington Resort. The Vermont Department of Economic Development in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration sponsored the award.

The award is given annually to a Vermont innovator or company who has made a significant contribution to Vermont's quality of life by developing a new and creative technology that enhances Vermont's economy, promotes job creation and enriches Vermont's reputation for quality and creativity.

In 1990 David Bowles and his team of engineers and technicians began development of a system that could be used to recover ground water contamination - developed primarily in response to the regulations promulgated in the 1980's to clean up leaking underground storage tanks. The "Spill Buster" system was developed in 1991 and is marketed by their sister company Clean Earth Technology, Inc.

Several new generations of the initial product have been developed and have been sold throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America and East Asia. Customers include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy and Air Force, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, Petro-Canada, and Chinese Petroleum in Taiwan.

They currently employ 16 people at their manufacturing facility in Addison County.

"We're delighted to have received this recognition," said David Bowles, founder of the company. "We hope that through awards like this Vermont can continue to nurture and promote creative companies that help our state sustain healthy communities and provide quality jobs."


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The Department of Economic Development operates within the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to preserve our heritage, promote vibrant communities, and create a sustainable economy that provides all Vermonters with the opportunity for meaningful employment.

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