Golden, Colo., April 10, 1997 -- A small company with a national role
in the testing of alternative fuel vehicles has won a major award from
the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Automotive Testing Laboratories, Inc. (ATL) of East Liberty, Ohio
was named the SBA's Midwest Regional Small Business Subcontractor of
the Year. The company evaluates the air quality impact of alternative
fuel vehicles for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which nominated ATL for the award.
ATL supplies independent motor vehicle emissions testing services
to industry and government and is one of only 10 regional winners of
the prestigious annual awards.
In addition to its DOE work, the company has inspected and tested
more than 20,000 vehicles in 22 years for the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) Emission Factors testing program.
NREL nominated ATL because of its emergence as an industry leader
through "development of state-of-the-art facilities, unique testing
procedures and superior staff," said NREL project manager Ken Kelly.
"ATL has become an integral part of DOE's team evaluating the use of
alternative fuels for transportation."
In announcing the winners, the SBA's Robert Murphy described ATL as
"a small business with a very large vision."
Established in Denver, Co. in 1971, ATL has provided emissions
research and testing to virtually every automobile manufacturer in the
The SBA will present the award to ATL at a Washington, D.C.
ceremony April 29. During the ceremony the SBA will announce the
selection of one of the 10 regional winners as the National Small
Business Subcontractor of the Year.