AUGUSTA – Tex Tech Industries Inc. of Monmouth recently received a national award from the Washington D.C.-based Small Business Technology Council, recognizing its work with a federal research and development funding program.

A 2006 Tibbetts Award was given to the company, which manufactures high-tech fabrics, in the Organization category. The award recognizes the company’s work with the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program, a federal program that enables small businesses to compete for early-stage federal research-and-development dollars.

Tex Tech was one of 60 national organizations chosen for the award and the only winner from Maine. The manufacturing business specializes in tennis ball felt, ballistics safety materials and specialty fibers and fabrics primarily used for aerospace, safety and industrial products. Tex Tech has used SBIR/STTR funding to research and develop high-tech textiles that are used in body armor for U.S. troops and bulletproof vests for public safety personnel.

Tex Tech also developed a fire-resistant material that will be used as the primary fire barrier in the seating cabins of new commercial aircraft. The material is made in compliance with recent Federal Aviation Administration guidelines to harden aircraft.

The plant’s research and development division has received five patents for materials that increase the safety performance of products.

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