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October, 2007: The Will-Burt Company – Business Growth Awards

For additional information, contact:
David Cotsmire, VP of Marketing and Customer Service
330-684-5282 (office) or 330-347-6745 (mobile)

The Will-Burt Company has been honored by receiving the 2007 Business Growth Award, presented by Cascade Capital Corporation on October 4, 2007. The 2007 Business Growth Awards honors businesses in Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, Holmes, Stark and Wayne counties that have achieved significant sales or employee growth over the last three to five years. The Will-Burt Company was recognized as an honoree in the category of Manufacturing and Distribution.

Over the past 5 years, the Will-Burt Company has more than doubled its annual revenue, quadrupled its stock price and has had employee growth of 35%, now employing more than 300 people. While Will-Burt’s masts, used in both commercial and military sectors, are well established in the US market, the company is beginning to expand into Europe and Asia.

Will-Burt’s CEO and Chairman, Jeff Evans was also highlighted in the October 2007 Smart Business publication as an Overall Success Story Winner. “We’ve got new products, new markets, new geography, and we’re really excited about what’s going to happen over the next few years,” Evans says.

The Will-Burt Company, located in Orrville, Ohio, is an employee-owned, ISO 9001:2000 certified company that manufactures pneumatic and mechanical telescoping masts and lighting systems for industries such as fire and rescue, military, cellular, broadcast and other specific custom applications. Will-Burt capabilities also include all phases of the contract manufacturing process from tool and die development to fabrication, powder coating, electronics and turn-key assembly for a variety of products such as bank vaults and dockside power pedestals.