Canadian Manufacturer Recognized at MAATS Innovation Awards


Enviromonde Network, Ottawa, ON, was one of ten companies to be recognized with an Innovation Award during an awards reception last night at the ninth annual Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) in Orlando, FL.

Kill the Spill a division of Enviromonde Network was recognized in the environmental award category for its unique and effective method of dissolving oil and stains quickly by breaking down hydrocarbons.

“This is our first year that we joined and it's a total shock,” said Cynthia Frazier director of operations for Enviromonde Network. “This is a well organized, well thought out show and this helps us to gain distribution of our product.”

The Innovation Awards, organized by National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), recognizes products that best meet innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured and benefit the marine industry and/or consumer. Products are also recognized for their practicality and cost-effectiveness as well as the availability to the consumer within 60 days of the show's conclusion

“I have spent a lot of time on the floor today speaking with a lot of you and I have sensed a more updated, optimistic mood than I expected,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA. “With challenging economic times like these, it's important that we continue to focus on innovation and new technologies to make boating more affordable, efficient and fun. This will better position us for growth as consumer confidence improves and we come out of this recession stronger than before.”

Dammrich went on to explain that the advancements that are present at this year's show also address the changing needs of recreational boating and the industry.

This year's MAATS Innovation Awards were judged by a seven-person panel. Other recipients included:

Category: Aftermarket Electronics: Navionics Mobile 2.0 by Navionics

Category: Electrical Systems & Equipment: Rule Charge N' Flow Portable Pump Kit by ITT

Category: Boat Care, Coatings, Chemicals & Maintenance Tools: Dual Action Polisher by Shurhold
Honorable Mention: Spider Away by Starbrite

Category: Deck Equipment: Smarte Jack by Smarte Jack Inc.

Category: Interior Parts & Equipment: PulseCode Lock by MasterLock Company Honorable Mention: Supersub Smart 650 by Whale Water Systems

Category: Personal Gear & Soft Goods: Nanuk by Plasticase, Inc.  

Category: Safety Products: FastFind 210 Personal Locator Beacon by McMurdo
Honorable Mention: AquaFlare by AquaFlare

Category: Trailers, Trailer Parts and Accessories: Safety 800 Trailer Tongue Weight Jack by Unified Marine Inc.

Category: Propulsion Parts & Propellers: P3 Palm Pump Fuel Primer by BluSkies International
Honorable Mention: Cruise 4.0 R by Torqeedo Inc.

Category: Environmental Award: Kill the Spill Boat Wash a division of Enviromonde Network

For more information on MAATS or the Innovation Awards, visit www.nmma.org/maats.