Foss, a Hampton-based company that produces engineered, non-woven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers won the 2011 POY award for the SpectraShield 9500 N95 Surgical Respirator Mask at the annual awards dinner held on November 14. The mask, which features Foss's Fosshield embedded antimicrobial technology, eliminates 99.99 percent of bacteria on the treated surface within one hour and certain strains of harmful bacteria on contact before they enter the body.
At the sixth annual event, a large audience that included Governor John Lynch honored the top five companies competing for the Product of the Year awards. Those five finalists were selected by the judges from a larger pool of candidates in October. The five displayed their products during a reception before the evening event, and then made seven-minute pitches as part of their effort to encourage the audience to vote for their product. The popular vote and previous judging by a panel of business and technology experts were equally weighed, and Foss Manufacturing took top honors for 2011.
Bill Hurst, VP of business development at Foss, said he was excited to present the SpectraShield, "It provides a unique opportunity to highlight this key breakthrough technology that has a distinct benefit for society. Speaking about the SpectraShield Mask and Fosshield technology, Hurst said the company's focus is, To not only provide but extend this technology for everyday use for us, our family members, in our clothing, when we travel there is such a broad range of applications.
The four other 2011 finalists were iGlobe, Franklin; Integra, Hudson; Russound, Newmarket; and Scribe, Manchester.
Foss earned the NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed by Pepi Hermann. The Foss Manufacturing name will be added to the trophy, and the trophy and an exhibit of the winning product will be on display and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for one year.
Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the past five years are: Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase, Incorporated, and Sky-Skan.