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Ellicott® Dredges Receives Four Awards and New Orders

For Immediate Release
20 July 2009

Entrepreneur of The YearEllicott® Dredges, LLC-a unit of Ellicott® Dredge Enterprises, LLC-and its management have recently received multiple  prestigious awards from international and national organizations for its technical innovations, leadership in the dredging industry, organizational growth, and community contributions.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Ernst & Young, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, has announced that Ellicott® Dredges' President Peter Bowe is the recipient of its 2009 "Entrepreneur of the Year" award for Maryland in the manufacturing category.

Now in its 23rd year, the Entrepreneur of the Year program according to E&Y, "is the world's most prestigious event for entrepreneurs and honors the most outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievements."  

An independent panel of seven judges selected Bowe from the nominee pool.  Bowe is now eligible to compete for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award to be decided in Palm Springs, California this November at Ernst & Young's Strategic Growth Forum.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Entrepreneurship in Kansas City and the international law firm from DLA  Piper were among the sponsors for the Ernst & Young EOY program.

WEDA 2009 "Dredger of the Year"

Dredger of The Year WEDA 2009
Above Photo of Ellicott®'s President Peter Bowe (right) and Vice President-Sales, Paul Quinn (middle), and WEDA Exec Dir. Larry Patella (left).
Paul Quinn New WEDA President
Dredge Clean-up Project
Pictured is 670 Dredge Hull Loaded at Ellicott®'s Baltimore Plant in Route for Emergency Clean-Up Project in Tennessee

The Western Dredging Association and its over 4,000 members named Ellicott®'s President Peter Bowe as its 2009 "Dredger of the Year."  WEDA Executive Director Larry Patella and outgoing WEDA President Bill Hanson presented the award at WEDA's annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

Among its specific citations, WEDA said "Under Bowe's exceptional leadership, Ellicott® has not only become one of the best-known companies in the development of reliable portable dredges, he has enhanced the industry's ability to improve the environment." WEDA added that Bowe had "assisted WEDA itself with his ingenuity, alacrity, tenacity, and business acumen."

Bowe thanked WEDA and acknowledged the contributions of his several hundred colleagues at Ellicott® saying he felt humbled to be included in a list of dredging industry stalwarts such as George Watts and Bill Murden.

New WEDA President

Also at its Phoenix meeting, WEDA elected Ellicott®'s Vice President of Sales Paul Quinn as its new President.

Quinn has 27 years of industry experience including 7 with Ellicott® and 2 as WEDA's First Vice President.

Quinn pledged to expand WEDA's role as the premier technical society for dredging technology in the Western Hemisphere, including the re-establishment of an active WEDA Chapter in  Mexico.  

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City's List of 100 Fastest Growing American Companies

The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) has recognized Ellicott® for the second straight year as one of the 100 fastest growing inner city headquartered companies in the USA.  The ICIC, based in Boston and founded and still lead by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, has been highlighting inner city corporate successes for eleven years with the sponsorship of Bank of America, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Boston Consulting Group, among others.  The ICIC developed the list of 100 winners from over 5000 nominees.  Companies on the ICIC 100 averaged over 40% revenue growth in 2008.

Ellicott® is most gratified that its success in serving customers with well-built and well-designed dredges has lead to this recognition.

Four New Dredge Orders

Ellicott® has recently received a diverse spectrum of orders, including the following four:

  • Port of Willapa, Washington State, USA has ordered a Series 370 Dragon™ dredge for commercial and recreational marina and channel maintenance dredging work.

  • A sand mining client has purchased a diesel Jet Dragon™ dredge, capable of producing up to 400 tons per hour at depths up to 50 ft. (15 m). Total installed horsepower 960HP (716 kW). Discharge 12-14" (304-355 mm).

  • Ellicott® has sold a Series 670 Dragon™ dredge and 670 booster pump to Sevenson Environmental, Inc., $1.5 billion dollar New York-based contractor, to remove fly ash which spilled into the Emory River in Tennessee. The Ellicott® dredge will have a major role in the TVA's $1 billion emergency clean-up project following an accidental release in December 2008 of over 5.4 million cubic yards (4 million m3) of ash slurry from a containment pond at its Kingston TN power plant.Ellicott® fast-tracked the dredge to meet Sevenson's aggressive schedule, including modifications required for the TVA site such as bio-hydraulic fluid, low noise exhaust system, and DREDGEPACK® mounting package.
  • Luedtke Engineering Company of Michigan has also bought a 670 Dragon™ dredge for use on a Corps of Engineers project funded by the U.S. Government's Stimulus Law (ARRA of 2009).

Ellicott® and its affiliates offer over 15 different standard designs and dredge models as well as custom-designed dredging equipment.

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