AUGUSTA, Maine, May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hardwood Products Company in Guilford is one of six Maine companies recently honored for their high level of commitment to their communities and employees, and to manufacturing or service excellence, with the 21st Annual Governor's Awards for Business Excellence.
Administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, the prestigious awards were presented by Governor Paul LePage on May 17 at the State House in the Hall of Flags.
"This year's award-winning businesses are representative of the commitment to excellence, top quality workmanship, commitment to community, and service that Maine is known for," the governor said. "I am pleased to honor them all as distinguished members of our community."
Hardwood Products is the leading global manufacturer of wooden food stick products. Its affiliate company, Puritan Medical Products, is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of swabs for medical, clinical, critical environments and forensic applications. This year, Puritan completed a major expansion to begin manufacturing media-filled transport systems for the collection and preservation of bacteria, viruses, and trace materials.
Terry Young, General Manager of Hardwood Products Company, said being among the award winners is "a truly proud moment for our company, our family owners, our community and our employees — who, with a shared commitment to manufacturing and innovation excellence, have kept Hardwood Products and Puritan Medical Products strong and growing."
The company was nominated for the award by Kimberly Moore, business and workforce development specialist at the Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. "Through excellent management," she wrote, "the company has grown through every economic decline, helping our region remain strong."
She noted that "Hardwood Products has provided a market for a local commodity (
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