Mainstream Receives the Prestigious SBA Tibbetts Award Again
The Tibbetts Award, given by SBA, honors outstanding small businesses that participate in the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. “It is the innovative entrepreneurs and high growth small businesses like our award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees who help power our economy and move it forward by creating new jobs and making our industries globally competitive,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator. “Their accomplishments remind us all of how integral the success of high growth small businesses is to making our country more globally competitive.”
Mainstream has been at the forefront of thermal control and energy conversion technology development since 1986. Their philosophy is to use the government-funded SBIR research dollars to solve problems for the government and then spin off the technology advancements into products for the commercial sector. Among other products, Mainstream has a complete line of air conditioning and refrigeration products, referred to as QwikProducts (www.qwik.com). All Mainstream products are made in the USA.
Mainstream also actively seeks out local universities for joint collaborations. Three excellent examples are:
- The development of the world’s first commercial Electron-Beam Manufacturing facility. This facility is the result of a cooperative partnership initiated by Mainstream and includes NASA, Office of Naval Research, Space Florida, CareerSource Brevard, Space Coast Economic Development Council, and Florida Institute of Technology. It will provide a unique world-class additive manufacturing facility that can be used by local businesses and universities.
- Key support in the development of the automotive engineering program at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). To supplement FIT’s new automotive program, Mainstream has not only donated equipment but has also provided access to their engine test facilities for use by FIT faculty and students.
- Key support in the development of the Nano Technology and Science program at FIT. To nurture this new program, Mainstream has provided its Nanofabrication and analysis facilities for use by FIT faculty and students.
The Tibbetts Awards are presented to companies and individuals from all over the United States who are beacons of promise and models of excellence in high technology. Tibbetts award winners are selected based on the economic impact of their technological innovation, and on whether they have met federal research and development needs, encouraged diverse participation in technological innovation, and increased the commercialization of federal research.