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Quality Float Works Inc. Named U.S. Commerce Dept.'s Great Lakes Regional Finalist

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Coming off the recent announcement the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had recognized Quality Float Works Inc. with a 2010 “Small Business Blue Ribbon Award,” the local family-owned manufacturing company has emerged from a tough group of competitors to be named one of seven finalists for the “DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.” This awards program is designed to honor our nation’s job creators and recognize their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth. The winner of the DREAM BIG Award will receive a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Sam’s Club. Should they win, Quality Float Works Inc. plans to give the money to their employees as a thank you for their continued hard work and dedication during the recent tough economic times.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our achievements in providing our quality products worldwide to our customers, especially coming out of a tumultuous year for our industry," says Jason Speer, vice president and general manager, Quality Float Works Inc.

"I am a concept without my employees," says Sandra Westlund-Deenihan, president and design engineer of Quality Float Works Inc. "I'd love to reward them with not only the honor, but also the prize money.”

The 2010 finalists were selected from the U.S. Chamber’s 75 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners who were chosen based on financial performance and business history, staff training and motivation, community involvement, community service and business plan or strategy for growth. Quality Float Works Inc. has grown into a global competitor exporting to Canada, Latin America and countless Asian and European countries. This award represents the continued strides the company has made in innovation and unparalleled service in the manufacturing industry.

“These finalists are among the best small businesses in America,” says Thomas J. Donohue, the U.S. Chamber’s president and chief executive officer. “They are the nation’s doers, dreamers, and innovators. Their vision and hard work will help lift this country out of recession and create the 20 million jobs we desperately need in the next decade.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions. As one of the seven finalists of this year’s Awards Program, Quality Float Works Inc. will be recognized at the awards luncheon on May 18th as part of America’s Small Business Summit 2010. During this luncheon, one regional finalist will be announced as the winner of the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award and presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Sam’s Club. To learn more about America’s Small Business Summit, visit

Quality Float Works Inc. manufactures hollow float metal balls and float valves in the nation. Our floats are used to level liquid controls in a wide variety of industries including gas, plumbing, oil and agricultural applications. Many products you see and use every day, from gas pumps to air conditioners, could not be operated without float balls. Quality Float Works Inc. is owned and operated by third and fourth generation entrepreneurs. To learn more, visit

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