Ohio-Based NREL Subcontractor Wins Major Small Business Award

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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 United States.

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.


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