New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest US competitions that focuses on supporting and growing clean energy businesses and fostering economic development.
Rochester NY-based EkoStinger, which manufactures under-trailer aerodynamic devices for tractor trailers that reduce emissions and save fuel, was named the $1 million grand prize winner and will expand its operations to the Southern Tier.
“The 76West Competition is attracting some of the most innovative entrepreneurs to the Southern Tier, spurring economic growth while advancing our State’s clean energy economy,” said Cuomo. “Congratulations to EkoStinger and the rest of the 76West winners who are bringing jobs to this region and ensuring New York remains at the forefront of the fight against climate change.”
The third round of the 76West competition was launched in December 2017 and received 152 applications from more than a dozen nations and 27 states. Of these, 20 finalists were chosen and participated in a two-day pitch session from July 31 to August 1 at Cornell University. Judges then recommended the top six winners.
“We are very humbled and proud of this award,” said Steve Smith, executive vice president of EkoStinger. “This award validates all of the hard work and dedication each and every employee at EkoStinger has put forth. It also validates the decision our customers have made in choosing EkoStinger as their fuel savings product of choice. We look forward to expanding our operation and continuing to focus on manufacturing quality, competitively priced aero products while delivering the highest level of customer service.”
EkoStinger is a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for over-the-road trailers. Its most popular system is the patented sliding Stinger and mist-reducing mud flaps that produce 6% fuel savings at highway speeds. This system is CARB-compliant and GHG 2 Bin 3-verified. For more information, see www.ekostinger.com.
76West is a $20 million competition and support program that started in 2016 and will run through 2019. Each year, applicants compete for a $1 million grand prize, a $500,000 award and four $250,000 awards. In total, 76West is providing $10 million in awards and $10 million in business support, marketing and administration through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Clean Energy Fund. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority administers the competition.