WINCHESTER VA- GearClean Inc., an innovative provider of eco-friendly industrial cleaning solutions is proud to announce it has been selected as a finalist in a University of Virginia competition that highlights and promotes the most resilient businesses in economically challenged parts of the Commonwealth.
“From our award winning environmental work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to our service to the Virginia manufacturing community, we have held true to our core values of innovation, diversity, collaboration and effective communications to emerge successful in a down economy.
We located our headquarters in a part of town that needs revitalization , and offer employment opportunities where there were none. Our team is active in the community and excited about the future” said Art Major, President and founder
of GearClean Inc. “For the Tayloe Murphy Center at the Darden School of Business—one of the best business schools in country—to nominate our business as a finalist for the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award is an overwhelming honor.”
GearClean Inc. is one of 14 finalists from among 21 semi-finalists and 88 total businesses statewide to enter this year’s Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards competition, which honors healthy entrepreneurial-based businesses in areas facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity.
The company will now compete to be one of five winners. Winners will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 7, at a dinner, reception and awards presentation in the Dome Room of the University of Virginia’s historic Rotunda where GearClean Inc. executives will meet with state and local officials, economic development professionals, and business leaders.
“The goal of the Resilience Awards is to bring well-deserved attention to highly successful businesses in parts of Virginia that some might unwisely overlook,” commented Greg Fairchild, Executive Director of the Tayloe Murphy Center. “These finalists demonstrate the strength of Virginia’s main street businesses, even in the face of significant economic obstacles. With average annual profit growth rates of 42% and average annual employment growth rates of 20%, in areas where the average company is actually declining, these firms embody resilience.”
To help spur economic growth and entrepreneurial efforts in areas of the Commonwealth facing particularly difficult economic challenges, the Tayloe Murphy Resilience Award supports winners through ongoing media coverage, opportunities to engage key business and government leaders and enrollment in a week-long Executive Education course at Darden valued at $8,000–$12,000.
For release at 10:30 AM August 9, 2011
Media Point of Contact: Christian Schweiger 540-664-8964
GearClean Inc. 550 North Cameron Street Winchester, Virginia