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EDAWN Acknowledges Reno Companies during 4th Annual Existing Industry Awards


Kevin Annis, CCIM - Broker/Principal

EDAWN, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, has gotten lots of recognition recently about the companies that they have successfully recruited to Northern Nevada, and rightfully so. However, one division of EDAWN that is equally as important to the sustainable growth of our economy is focused on company retention and expansion. Northern Nevada is an incredible place to live and do business and Northern Nevadans are so very lucky to have such a wonderful group of people at EDAWN. ArchCrest Commercial Partners looks forward to seeing future announcements in the next couple years as we continue to grow.

We would like to congratulate the winners that were announced at the existing industry awards. This is a great cross section of companies and are a wonderful representation of some of the best companies in Northern Nevada.

EDAWN, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, is a private/public established in 1983 with the goal of recruiting, expanding and supporting newly forming quality companies that bring jobs and have a positive impact on the quality of life in the Great Reno-Sparks region. EDAWN held their 4th Annual EDAWN Existing Industry Awards event yesterday. While new companies coming to the area often receive the most attention and media covered, EDAWN uses this event to as a way to highlight and recognize the existing companies already in the Reno-Sparks area. “Retention and support of our existing industry is the most important thing we can do for economic development in the region,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of EDAWN.

The event was attended by dignitaries, community guests and title sponsors Dermody Properties and United Construction. Over 50 companies from Washoe County, the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and Fernley, were recognized for their contributions to the local economy. Nominations were open to all primary companies doing business in the areas served by EDAWN.

The winners included:

President's Award - Reno Sparks Cab Co. and Whittlesea Checker Taxi / Bell Limo

Biggest Little WOW Award- Filament

Corporate Citizen Award- Burkhart Dental

Employees First Award- Advanced Precision Manufacturing, Inc.

Founders Award- Sierra Nevada Corporation

Leader in Sustainability Award- Fortifiber

Think Local Award- Sports Attack

Community Partner Award- Truckee Meadows Water Authority

Company of the Year Award, Small- Bristlecone Holdings

Company of the Year Award, Large- Server Technology

Manufacturing Excellence Award, Small- Itronics, Inc.

Manufacturing Excellence Award, Large- Lincoln Electric Cutting Systems

During the awards ceremony, EDAWN also announced the expansion of Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels which is building a biorefinery in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. Jeanne Benedetti, Senior Director of Project Development for Fulcrum, shared the news with attending guests. Fulcrum will be converting Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into low-cost, clean, transportation fuel products. The company plans on hiring more than 30 employees and will generate additional construction jobs during the expansion. Over $297 million will be invested in the project.

Congratulations again to the winners of the awards as well as Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels and thanks to EDAWN for putting on the program and providing recognition to businesses that are doing great things in Northern Nevada.

For more information on the Northern Nevada commercial real estate market contact any of the principals at ArchCrest Commercial Partners at 775.852.9800 or the website at

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