Ohio Companies Receive $650,000 in Small Business Contracts for Environmental Technology Projects

Jun 15, 2006, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    CHICAGO, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Region 5 recently announced that five companies in Ohio have been awarded
 $650,000 in contracts for 2006 EPA Small Business Innovation Research
 program projects. Ten companies in Region 5 states received more than $1
 million in total funding.
     $220,000 recipients:
     --  Light Curable Coatings, located in Valley View, for developing an
         environmentally friendly, solvent-free coating system that can be used
         in automotive refinishing, floor and aircraft coating.
     --  Republic Anode Fabricators Inc., based in Strongville, for a device
         that "regenerates" the materials used to etch copper in the
         manufacture of printed circuit boards.
     $70,000 recipients:
     --  Powdermet Inc., located in Euclid, will develop a nanotechnology-based
         method to replace toxic chrome plating with spray coatings made of
         recycled scrap tools and low-cost ceramic powder.
     --  Applied Science Inc., based in Cedarville, will develop a simple,
         solvent-free method for adapting polymers to the electrostatic spray
         painting process for the auto body business.
     --  Tisch Environmental Inc., based in Cleves, will develop technology to
         effectively control dust emissions from poultry  feeding operations.
     The 22 million small businesses in the United States employ some 51
 percent of the private work force and develop most of the country's new
 technologies. Years ago Congress recognized the need to strengthen the role
 of small business in federally funded research and development and passed a
 law creating the Small Business Innovation Research program for businesses
 with no more than 500 employees.
     EPA's highly competitive SBIR program offers critical financial support
 to small businesses to develop technologies in areas of environmental
 protection including clean air and water, hazardous and solid wastes,
 pollution prevention, remediation and monitoring. Recent issues also
 include homeland security.
     To learn more about these research projects and EPA's SBIR program,
 visit http://www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir .
     EPA relies on quality science as the basis for sound policy and
 decision-making. EPA's laboratories, research centers and grantees are
 building the scientific foundation needed to support the Agency's mission
 to safeguard human health and the environment.

SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency