Midland, MI (PRWEB) May 4, 2006
ÆGIS Environments has been recognized as one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation.
ÆGIS received the honor at awards ceremonies during the second annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event, April 19 in East Lansing.
"Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is a unique awards program designed to shine the spotlight on second-stage companies,” says Edward Lowe Foundation Executive Director Mark Lange. The Edward Lowe Foundation is a not-for-profit operating foundation based in Michigan. Its mission is to “champion the entrepreneurial spirit” by helping second-stage entrepreneurs learn from each other.
“Startup companies and large corporations often garner attention for their achievements,” says Lange. “But growing second-stage enterprises work mostly behind the scenes, even though they generate the bulk of new, sustainable jobs and are a powerful economic force underpinning the high quality of life most Americans enjoy.”
Since its inception in 1990, owners W. Curtis White and Hal Locker have positioned AEGIS Environments as the world leader in antimicrobial technologies with support centers in every region of the globe. The ÆGIS Microbe Shield® Technology licenses Dow Corning Corp. to manufacture this antimicrobial agent within a silane coating. Because the agent does not dissipate or drain away, it does not lose strength over time and does not cause the development of new, resistant microbes. The ÆGIS Microbe Shield has been used for more than 30 years in mill-treated woven and non-woven fabrics and organic foams. The products are used in businesses, homes, hospitals, schools and offices. AEGIS Environments has invested almost $2 million in a new 14,000-square-foot facility that houses offices for 24 employees and new laboratory space. Eight new employees are expected to join AEGIS over the next two years.
“All of us at ÆGIS Environments appreciate the honor of this recognition. Our Michigan based production, research, development, and services have produced jobs here and with our global network of distributors we have exported products, technology, and services,” states Curtis White, CEO and Director of Research and Development.
Companies nominated to be members of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list must be second-stage companies, defined as employing 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place from investors or grants. In addition, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Michigan.
Winners were selected by representatives of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, the Small Business Association of Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the U.S. Small Business Administration-Michigan, the Michigan Certified Development Corporation and the Edward Lowe Foundation, based in part on the winners demonstrated intent and capacity to grow based on one or more of the following:
Employee or sales growth.
Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership.
Sustainable competitive advantage.
Other notable factors that showcase the company's success.
For more information about ÆGIS Environments and the ÆGIS Microbe Shield, please visit http://www.microbeshield.com.