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The Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s George Gordon, left, and Tonya Elmore present an Outstanding Contribution Award to Christopher Paradies during a reception at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa.

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The Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s George Gordon, left, and Tonya Elmore present an Outstanding Contribution Award to Christopher Paradies during a reception at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center that assists emerging and entrepreneurial technology companies, recently recognized volunteers and partners at its annual Chairman's Recognition Reception held at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa.

"So much of the value we are able to provide to our clients comes as a result of our many volunteers and partners," said Tonya Elmore, president of Tampa Bay Innovation Center. "We are pleased to recognize them each year and are so grateful for their contribution to our mission of accelerating entrepreneurial success."

Outstanding Contribution Awards went to Christopher Paradies, Ph.D., shareholder at Fowler White Boggs P.A. law firm, and advisory board chairman and volunteer with the Innovation Center; V. Michael Eitler III, co-founder and managing partner of Group125 LLC; Shawn R. Hughes, CEO of BlueSky Mast Inc.; and Richard B. Nicholas, COO of E Solutions Corp.

Paul S. Sacco, director of Real Estate Management for Pinellas County, was recognized with the Outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors Award.

Florida Federal Contractors Association received the Outstanding Partner Award.

The Client Graduate Award went to Field Forensics.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Building 100, Largo, also recently announced the Entrepreneur's Hub, which includes programs and a new online community geared toward entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and others interested in the growth of the local technology community.

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Kramski North America Inc. wrapped up its 10th year in the United States with a golf outing Dec. 6 and an open house Dec. 7, with customers and supply chain partners from across the United States as well as other countries in attendance.

Plant tours focused on Kramski's latest fully automatic workcell, which is nearing completion and will be ramping up production in the first quarter of 2013.

The workcell is built around a new Engel Victory 165-ton press, along with a hydraulic stamping press, and utilizes four Adept scara robots, a six-axis Motorman robot, a vibratory feeder bowl and an array of turntables to insert mold connector housings for an automotive electronics application.

The facility is at 8222 118th Ave. N in Largo.

Kramski North America Inc., established in 2002, utilizes precision stamping and injection molding capabilities to supply parts to existing European customers and markets in North America. It is a subsidiary of Kramski GmbH of Pforzheim, Germany, with additional manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka and India.

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Pinellas County business briefs 12/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 6:53pm]
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