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Westwood Manufacturing--2002 Governor's New Product Award Recognizes Three North Carolina Companies

March 172010
RALEIGH- Three North Carolina companies were honored Friday as the Professional Engineers of North Carolina announced the winners of the 2002 Governor’s New Product Award during their annual summer meeting. The awards were presented Friday by Terri Helmlinger, Executive Director of the state Industrial Extension Service.

“North Carolina has worked hard to earn its reputation as a premier location for business and as a center of technology and innovation,” said Gov. Easley. “These awards showcase those North Carolina companies that are at the top of their industries, and are committed to furthering our state’s presence in the technology marketplace.”

Each year, the Governor’s New Product Award recognizes the best new products in North Carolina, selected on the basis of excellence in design and contribution to the economy of North Carolina. The program highlights the benefits that come from the research and engineering of new products. These include new jobs and contracts, new industry attracted to the state, and improvements in North Carolina’s standard of living.

The awards were presented in three award categories, Small, Medium and Mega, based upon company size.

Small Business Category
The Small Business winner was the Westwood Super-Shuttle, designed and built by Westwood Manufacturing Incorporated of Elizabethtown. The Super-Shuttle is a unique automated welding system developed for the production of ladder-style cable racks for the telecommunications industry. The system, through the use of a microprocessor, controls all functions automatically, and reduces the production time by over 85 percent.

Medium Business Category
In the Medium Business category, the award went to Matthews- based CEM Corporation’s SMART Trac™ System which rapidly measures moisture and fat content in all types of foods in less than five minutes without solvents, chemicals, or time-intensive maintenance. It is applicable to a full range of food products from powders and snack foods, to meat and dairy products.

Mega Business Category
The Mega Business category winner was the MK20e/MK25 series of Electronic Brake Systems (EBS) produced at the Morganton facility of Continental Teves, a division of Continental AG based in Hanover, Germany. This new electronic brake system, the latest of many safety technologies developed by Continental Teves, uses computer controlled electronic sensors to significantly enhance vehicle stability in accelerating, cornering and braking and helping keep vehicles on the road. Working in conjunction with anti-lock brake system and traction control technologies with vehicles as small as the Ford Focus, and as large as the Ford Expedition, ESP helps minimize the possibility of rollover and loss of vehicle control in all types of driving situations. Furthermore, the lower cost and weight of these critical safety products offer better affordability and improved fuel economy.

This is the 19th year that the Governor’s New Product Award has been sponsored by PENC with the cooperation of the Governor’s Office, the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service. This year’s judges included Gene F. Fornaro of the North Carolina State Industrial Extension Service; Dr. Linda Franzoni of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University; Jay Tilley of the North Carolina Department of Commerce; and Gil Vinzani, of Progress Energy.

State winners advance to the national competition sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE ) where North Carolina has produced several winners in past years. In fact, the 2001 North Carolina Small Business category winner, Industrial Recovery Systems of Charlotte, was recently chosen as a national New Product Award winner, which will be presented next month in Orlando.

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