For Immediate Release

Outstanding Regional Businesses Receive Prestigious Awards

SBTDC Recognizes Deserving Businesses from the East Central Missouri Region

ROLLA, Mo., April 28, 2016 – The Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) presented awards to four very deserving small businesses from the East Central Missouri region. The awards ceremony was held March 28, 2016 in Saint James, Missouri.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (TTED) at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) operates an SBTDC service location and helped coordinate the awards ceremony. During the event, the SBTDC presented awards to Intek Corporation of Union; Pinckney Bend of New Haven; Public House Brewing Company, which has locations in Rolla and Saint James; and Silgan Plastic Food Containers (PFC) of Union. Each business received a plaque from the SBTDC. Additionally, Intek Corporation and Siglan PFC received resolutions of recognition from Missouri State Senator Dave Schatz and Missouri State Representative Paul Curtman. Pinckney Bend received resolutions of recognition for Missouri State Senator Dave Schatz and Missouri State Representative Justin Alferman. Public House Brewing Company received resolutions of recognition from the Missouri State Senator Dan Brown and Missouri State Representative Keith Frederick.

“The selection of the top small businesses in the region was challenging as we are fortunate to have so many outstanding companies,” says Keith Strassner, director of Missouri S&T’s TTED and the SBTDC service location that it operates. “The selected companies were exemplary in areas of sustainable growth, innovation, and exporting.”

The Missouri SBTDC is a statewide network, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, that provides business counseling and assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses. Traditionally, the Missouri SBTDC has presented statewide awards to recognize outstanding small businesses. This is the first year that it conducted regional awards ceremonies.

Intek Corporation received the Export Award for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to expanding their footprint in the international arena. By engaging with the SBTDC, Intek has proactively implemented several initiatives that demonstrate their leadership and dynamism in looking for new opportunities and creating value for the company in the industrial heating sector.

Pinckney Bend received the Innovation Award for outstanding achievements in terms of innovation, more specifically product innovation, and the development of quality hand-crafted spirits with unique flavor profiles worthy of national and international recognition. Pinckney Bend exemplifies the true pioneering spirit with a dedicated management and initiative for advancement in the distillery industry.

Public House Brewing Company received the Business Growth Award in recognition of growing its operation and establishing a partnership that allowed Public House to expand its facility square footage, barrel production, and multi-state distribution and increase jobs in the brewery industry.

Silgan PFC received the Rising Star of Entrepreneurship Award for its excellence and contributions to the local economy. The company demonstrated managerial expertise, entrepreneurship, and a strong commitment to its market expansion efforts domestically and overseas. It has devoted significant time and effort to the growth and success of its operation. As a driver of innovation and modernization in the food packaging industry, Silgan PFC is creating economic opportunities in the community.

For more information about Missouri S&T’s TTED and the SBTDC service location that it operates, please visit http://ecodevo.mst.edu and http://ecodevo.mst.edu/info/sbtdc/.

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Mr. Travin Shelton

Business Development Specialist

Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development