KISSS America Awarded Among 2011 Colorado Companies to Watch

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KISSS America, manufacturer and distributor of KISSS sustainable irrigation systems, was named as one of 50 “2011 Colorado Companies to Watch” during the third annual awards program hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

“As a vibrant company experiencing dynamic growth it’s an honor to be recognized among our business peers as a standout,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of KISSS America, said.

KISSS America, manufacturer and distributor of KISSS sustainable irrigation systems, was named as one of 50 "2011 Colorado Companies to Watch" during the third annual awards program hosted by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado.

“As a vibrant company experiencing dynamic growth it’s an honor to be recognized among our business peers as a standout,” Dave Hunter, President and CEO of KISSS America, said. “Since moving to Colorado KISSS launched forward, first with nationally-recognized projects including the Clinton Presidential Library, Target Center, and Annenberg Center at Sunnylands, then with local manufacturing of our products. We’re poised to lead the nation’s sustainable irrigation industry and pleased to do so from our home base in Colorado.”

“We are pleased to recognize KISSS America for their outstanding contribution to fueling the economic fire of our wonderful state. Thank you KISSS America,” said Stephanie Steffens, Colorado Companies to Watch program director.

KISSS America’s innovative business model and product position it as a unique company within the irrigation industry. As fresh water becomes increasingly scarce KISSS America’s focus is to expand the use of its patented sub-surface capillary irrigation technology.

KISSS systems use significantly less water than a traditional sprinkler system with less power, fertilizer, and other chemicals resulting in better turf and plant quality. KISSS works by pulsing water through subsurface lateral irrigation lines to a geo-textile fabric which, using capillary action, disperses water into the soil directly to the root zone. The geo-textile fabric maintains moisture uniformity along its length and allows soil to absorb water as needed at a slower and more effective rate. The polyethylene backing on the fabric also mitigates the potential for water loss through downward percolation. With proper scheduling, KISSS will sustain an optimum soil water balance, eliminating the "feast or famine" soil moisture condition delivered by other systems.

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KISSS America, formerly Irrigation Water Technologies America, Inc., recently introduced a revolutionary, patented irrigation technology to the United States, Canada and Mexico. The KISSS system utilizes capillary action to deliver water directly to the root zone in turf, gardens, and trees. As a result, the system uses significantly less water than sprinklers and conventional drip irrigation, yet uniformly wets more soil volume. In addition to using less water, the system makes it possible to add chemicals to the root zone only, eliminating run off and pollution. The KISSS system was used in the creation of state-of-the-art living roofs at the Target Center in Minneapolis and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Clinton facility is the first presidential library to earn an award from the U.S. Green Committee for environmental design.

About Colorado Companies to Watch
Colorado Companies to Watch is a unique statewide awards program recognizing companies that fuel the economic fire of the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities and create new industries throughout Colorado. The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade launched the program in 2009 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation, and valuable community partners from across Colorado.

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