Company from Odessa takes top award
A company that helps other firms increase energy efficiency was among seven businesses that won awards Wednesday night at the Economic Development Council's annual industry appreciation banquet. Winners were chosen from a list of nominees who were reviewed by an independent judging panel. Power Quality International of Odessa was named the Manufacturing Industry of the Year for smaller businesses. The firm, headed by Greg Ferguson, was founded about 40 years ago. The manufacturing winner for larger businesses was FACTS Engineering LLC of New Port Richey, headed by Ron McVety. The company specializes in the design, manufacture, and support of computer and industrial programmable logic controller products for Koyo Electronics Industries.
Other award winners were:
• Service/Distribution Industry of the Year – smaller businesses: Suncoast Clinical Research, New Port Richey
• Service/Distribution Industry of the Year – larger businesses: Rasmussen College, New Port Richey
• Special Contribution Award: Saint Leo University, St. Leo.
• New Business Award: Bay Tech Industries, Inc., Odessa.
• Business Commitment Award: Saddlebrook Resort, Inc. Wesley Chapel
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Fasano quoted in 'Rolling Stone'
Alas, Mike Fasano didn't get his smiling face on the cover of Rolling Stone. But he was quoted in a story teased on the cover of the latest issue. The headline? "The GOP campaign to block the vote." As Florida politicos might expect, the media-savvy state senator was scolding his Republican colleagues for recent election law changes. "No one could give me an example of all this fraud they speak about," he told the magazine. Fasano was one of two Republican senators to vote against the legislation that cuts early voting days and makes it harder for independent groups to register voters. The law also requires people to cast provisional ballots if they haven't updated their address with election officials. Fasano said he thought the article was a "bit biased," though he expected as much from the liberal-leaning Rolling Stone. He said he doesn't know of any proof that Florida's legislation is tied to a larger national push. "I just know the bill we passed this year," he said, "was a bad bill."
SR 54 project on meeting agenda
County officials are holding a meeting tonight to update residents about construction along State Road 54 east of Interstate 75 in Wesley Chapel. The project is expected to be finished in December, two months ahead of schedule. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 SR 54. For questions, call (727) 847-3604.