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Nipro receives award from South Florida Manufacturers Association

BY Michael Johnsen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Nipro Diagnostics last month was named the South Florida Manufacturer of the Year in the 200-plus employee category by the South Florida Manufacturers Association. The award was presented March 23 at the 32nd Annual Recognition of Excellence Awards Banquet.

“This honor is a direct result of our employees’ commitment to excellence at Nipro Diagnostics,” stated company president Scott Verner. “It underscores our total commitment to delivering value and performance to our customers, which has helped us to achieve the quality/value leadership position in the diabetes monitoring category.”

The award, determined by industry peers, recognizes companies demonstrating benchmark-level quality. Nipro Diagnostics now will become South Florida’s 200-plus employee representative to the state competition at the Manufacturers Association of Florida Annual Manufacturing Summit and Global Marketplace in Orlando, Fla., later this year.

Six key criteria for selection included evaluation of leadership; strategic planning; work force focus; process management; customer and market focus; and measurement, analysis and knowledge management.

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Hygeia announces giveaway of EnJoye breast pumps

BY Michael Johnsen

VISTA, Calif. — Hygeia, maker of EnJoye eco-friendly breast pumps, on Monday announced the launch of its Hygeia EnJoye breast-pump giveaway.

Three winners will receive a free Hygeia EnJoye LBI deluxe tote set that includes the Hygeia professional-grade electric/battery double pump along with a stylish tote. The EnJoye pump is designed for the long-term and frequent pumping needs of working mothers. Each set is worth $319.99.

“This sweepstakes will get moms pumped about pumping and give a handful of new moms tools that serve to support their long-term breast-feeding goals,” stated Richard Weston, Hygeia CEO.

Hygeia also will give away a myriad of other breast-feeding prizes, including 10 Hygeia expression cups ($14.95 each), two 60-count large nursing pads ($9.99 each) and two 60-count medium nursing pads ($9.99).

The sweepstakes runs through April 28. No purchase is necessary. Entries are accepted on the sweepstakes entry page of Hygeia’s Facebook fan page.

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Identigene announces winners of online video contest

BY Michael Johnsen

SALT LAKE CITY — In coordination with STD Awareness Month, Identigene last week announced the two winners of the company’s “Talk About STDs” online video contest, each of which received cash prizes of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.

“The winning video really exemplifies the purpose of the contest, which was to encourage people to find ways to talk about sexually transmitted diseases,” stated Steven Smith, executive director of Identigene. “STDs can be a sensitive subject to broach, but this video presented a realistic look at how it is possible to talk openly and honestly about STDs, and how important it is to know all the facts associated with sexual health.”

The $5,000 grand-prize-winning video was submitted by the Musician’s Cooperative in Indiana. The group’s 60-second video, titled “Let’s Talk about STDs,” featured members of the cooperative discussing facts and myths associated with STDs. “Everyone should know about why it is important to talk about STDs,” said Tyler Trierweiler of the Musician’s Cooperative. “The best way to protect yourself is to be aware that there is a problem.”

An additional $2,500 was awarded to popular vote winner David Cng, whose video submission “STDs and You” was among 10 finalists featured on the contest’s website and received the most votes from visitors to the site.

Each of the finalists identified in March also received a $1,000 cash prize.

To view the winning videos, click here.

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