Fabcon Honored as Finalist for 10th Annual Tekne Awards

MHTA recognizes Minnesota's top technology companies and individuals.

SAVAGE, MN - The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has named Fabcon, one of America's leading manufacturers of precast concrete wall panels, as a finalist in the 'Innovative Collaboration of the Year' category for the 2009 Tekne Awards. The Tekne Awards recognize Minnesota organizations and individuals who have shown superior technology innovation and leadership.

The Tekne Finalist designation recognizes the innovative effort between Fabcon and VAST Enterprises LLC, a material science research and manufacturing company. Earlier this year, the two companies worked together to launch the first precast wall panel using composite bricks that are made from up to 95 percent post-consumer/post-industrial materials. The wall panel significantly reduces construction and maintenance costs, and offers a unique new finish option for builders seeking sustainable building materials.

"Fabcon and VAST are committed to reducing Minnesota's landfills and protecting community resources by offering cradle-to-cradle green products," said Mike Le Jeune, president and CEO of Fabcon. "Our unique partnership showcases how collaboration can lead to innovation. We are proud and honored to be named a Tekne Award Finalist this year."

Presented by the MHTA in partnership with LifeScience Alley and Enterprise Minnesota, the Tekne Awards annually recognize Minnesota's best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management. A full list of finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org.

"For 10 years the Tekne Awards have recognized those who make groundbreaking contributions to the growth of technology in Minnesota," said Kate Rubin, president of MHTA. "This year's finalists should be extremely proud of their role in helping Minnesota excel at producing cutting-edge technology and continue to be a great place to do business."

Recipients of the 2009 Tekne Awards will be announced at the award ceremony on Oct. 22. The event will begin with a VIP reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by general registration and reception at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., the awards ceremony at 7 p.m., and a post-Tekne party at 8:30 p.m. The event will be emceed by John Sweeney, author of "Innovation at the Speed of Laughter," and owner of the Brave New Workshop, the nation's oldest satirical theater.

To register for the 2009 Tekne Awards ceremony, visit www.tekneawards.org or contact Lonni Ranallo at 952-230-4555 or lranallo@mhta.org.

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