EPA Recognizes Genmar Holdings for Clean Air Excellence

23 March 2003

Genmar Holdings is among 21 winners nationwide of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2002 Clean Air Excellence Awards.

Genmar was honored in the clean air technology category for developing an automated, computer-monitored process used in its fiberglass molding of boat hulls. The Virtual Engineered Composites, or VECTM, system is a closed-molding technique that emits less styrene into the atmosphere and creates a stronger fiberglass reinforced plastic than the open-molding process.

The system can also be applied to non-marine industries. Fiberglass manufacturing represents a significant source of styrene emissions in the United States.

""From Kentucky to Colorado, and across the nation, these award winners are using innovative approaches to help make our nation's air cleaner,"" said EPA Administrator Christie Whitman. ""I am proud to honor these pioneering individuals and organizations for using creative ideas, showing once again, that government and industry working together can achieve a healthy environment without sacrificing economic growth. The winners of the Clean Air Excellence Awards are real-life examples of how one person -- or one organization -- taking steps to reduce pollution can make our air cleaner.""

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