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Ekostinger Named $1 Million Dollar Grand Prize Winner

Pictured above is an EkoStinger under-trailer “Sliding Stinger” mounted on a tractor trailer.

EkoStinger, a Manufacturer ofAerodynamic Trailer Devices Wins at the 76West Clean Energy Competition

Rochester, N.Y./ Friday, September 28th, 2018 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean energy businesses and fostering economic development. Rochester-based EkoStinger, which manufactures under-trailer aerodynamic devices for tractor trailers that reduce emissions and save fuel, was named the $1 million grand prize winner and will expand its operations to the Southern Tier.

"The 76West Competition is attracting some of the most innovative entrepreneurs to the Southern Tier, spurring economic growth while advancing our State's clean energy economy," Governor Cuomo said."Congratulations to EkoStinger and the rest of the 76West winners who are bringing jobs to this region and ensuring New York remains at the forefront of the fight against climate change."

"The 76West Competition is an example of creative economic development strategies spurring start-ups in the industries of the future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We're incentivizing clean energy innovation to create more jobs and opportunities in the Southern Tier and throughout the state. Investing in renewable energy and other clean energy solutions also ensures a cleaner environment and stronger economy for future generations. Congratulations to all the 76West winners who are bringing their business and clean energy technologies to the area."

The third round of the 76West competition was launched in December 2017 and received 152 applications from more than a dozen countries and 27 states. Of these, 20 finalists were chosen and participated in a two-day pitch session from July 31 to August 1 at Cornell University. Judges then recommended the top six winners."

"We are very humbled and proud of this award," said Steve Smith, Executive Vice President of EkoStinger. Smith went on to say, "This award validates all of the hard work and dedication each and every employee at EkoStinger has put forth. It also validates the decision our customers have made in choosing EkoStinger as their fuel savings product of choice. We look forward to expanding our operation and continuing to focus on manufacturing quality, competitively priced aero products while delivering the highest level of customer service."

About EkoStinger: EkoStinger is a manufacturer of aerodynamic devices for over the road trailers. EkoStinger’s most popular system is their patented sliding Stinger and mist reducing mud flaps that produce 6% fuel savings at highway speeds. This system is CARB Compliant and GHG 2 Bin 3 verified. For more information see www.ekostinger.com. For Media Inquiries, contact: Steve Smith, Executive Vice President, ssmith@ekostinger.com

About The 76West Competition: 76West is a $20 million competition and support program that started in 2016 and will run through 2019. Each year, applicants compete for a $1 million grand prize, a $500,000 award and four $250,000 awards. In total, 76West is providing $10 million in awards and $10 million in business support, marketing and administration through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Clean Energy Fund. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority administers the competition.

The 76West competition supports New York's nation-leading Clean Energy Standard requirement that 50 percent of the state's electricity come from renewable energy by 2030 -a part of the comprehensive Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. 76West fosters clean tech economic development and expands innovative entrepreneurship in the Southern Tier.

For more information about this story or to obtain contact information for interview purposes:

Contact Steve Smith, Executive Vice President of EkoStinger
Phone 219.308.6866 or Email:ssmith@ekostinger.com