UniKeep LLC, manufacturers and marketers of innovative, patented and environmentally friendly binders, media storage and marketing mailers, received an E.I.C. award from the Southwest Central Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SWCO PTAC). E.I.C. stands for Educate, Inspire and Collaborate. The award was created to honor PTAC clients who have shown exceptional efforts to educate themselves and others, inspire others with their drive and ambition, and collaborate with others to build a strong network.
“It is a great honor for UniKeep to be recognized by SWCO PTAC as the Columbus E.I.C. Award winner,” said Ross Youngs, UniKeep CEO. “We have been intensifying our sales efforts to obtain government contracts and SWCO PTAC’s staff has provided invaluable assistance to help UniKeep promote its products to federal, state, and local governments.”
"In a time of rapidly declining manufacturing in the US, Ross has worked extensively to bring job opportunities and continued innovation to Ohio's manufacturing landscape," stated Meredith L. Threatt, Director of SWCO PTAC. There are 1,300 active clients and three awards were given this year. An award to recognize and reward efforts of companies beyond securing government contracts was given to each outstanding company from each of SWCO PTAC’s primary regions: Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. The awards were presented in Wilmington, OH on February 1, 2007.
UniKeep’s notable accomplishments in winning the award are: top 20% rating with Open Ratings, acquiring six (6) U.S. patents, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and SBA National Business Person of the Year. Judges for this year’s competition were Frank Svet, President and CEO of EMTEC; Robert Shinkle, VP of Administration and Government at EMTEC; and Georgeta Nistor, EMTEC Controller.
The Southwest Central Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SWCO PTAC) is a full-service, non-profit resource center for government procurement. The mission of the SWCO PTAC is to assist businesses in southwest central Ohio cut through the red tape and frustrations in obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. SWCO PTAC offers procurement technical assistance and training workshops to meet the needs of small, minority, and women business owners.
UniKeep offers document and media products for presentation, organization, storage and marketing. The product line includes the UniKeep™ Binders which are fully enclosed and stackable, preventing tear-out, resisting moisture, all are PVC-free and most are metal free for easy security screening; Disc binders, disc wallets and Safety-sleeve® disc pages in 100% archival-safe polypropylene; Accessories; and the EnvyPak™ line of archival envelopes and marketing mailers.
UniKeep™ brand binders, accessories and clear poly EnvyPak™ mailing products allow users to make environmentally-sound choices for storage and presentation without sacrificing durability or functionality. Their polypropylene products require as much as 30% fewer materials to manufacture than traditional vinyl and this avoids the toxic waste generated in both the manufacture and elimination of PVC. The standard UniKeep binder is the only binder that is truly curbside recyclable and the Enviro-Binder is manufactured with over 85% post consumer content. By special order, EnvyPak envelopes can be custom manufactured using 100% compostable and biodegradable PLA corn poly, a renewable resource bioplastic.
UniKeep products are available nationwide in xpedx/Arvey retail stores and through office products or promotional products dealers.
About SWCO PTAC
The Ohio PTAC offices help Ohio's small, minority, women-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged businesses sell goods and services to local, state and federal governments. In addition to services like marketing, one-on-one training and help with information resources, the Ohio PTAC’s offer: bid-matching services, product and procurement histories, military specifications, and trade events where Ohio firms can meet government buyers. These services are provided at no cost to Ohio businesses.
UniKeep Press Contact:
UniKeep Corporate Contact:
VP/ Sales & Marketing
SWCO PTAC Contact:
Meredith L. Threatt
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