E3 Spark Plugs has been recognized as one of 50 “Florida Companies to Watch”, an awards program that celebrates second-stage companies throughout the state of Florida. Fifty companies from 18 Florida counties have earned a place in Florida’s inaugural class of “Companies to Watch”, an award that recognizes the state’s privately held businesses that employ up to 99 employees and have between $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or capital. On Dec. 16, 2010, a statewide press release was issued announcing all 50 award recipients. A February 17, 2011 Celebration Gala event at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort is planned.
Second-Stage companies are powerhouses for job creation. During 2006-2008, Florida’s resident companies averaged more than 111,500 second-stage establishments, according to YourEconomy.org, an online resource of the Edward Lowe Foundation. And, they represent more than 2.5 million workers (31.5 percent of the jobs created by companies headquartered in the state).
E3 Spark Plugs started in 1997 by principals who recognized the that the key to any breakthrough would not come from fancy and exotic metals such as platinum or iridium. What was needed was a whole new electrode design. E3 accomplished this new design and has become one of the best selling spark plugs on the market. Today, E3 is an aggressive marketer sponsoring many motorsports events throughout the country, with name brand recognition increasing exponentially. Steve Joiner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for E3, stated “We are so honored to be awarded this accolade. In these times of economic doom and gloom, especially in the aftermarket, it is so refreshing to be recognized as a growing company.”
To be eligible, a company must be a privately held, commercial enterprise that is currently in a stage of growth and past the start-up phase. Qualifying companies must also be headquartered in the state of Florida, employ between six and 99 employees, and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue. Companies in all industries are invited to apply and candidates may be nominated or apply stage.
Florida Companies to Watch is presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, and ACG Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Grow, FL is the official Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program funded by the State of Florida and a program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. Created in 2009 to stimulate investment in Florida’s economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the state, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute is headquartered at the University of Central Florida under contract with the State of Florida’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development under the Executive Office of the Governor. For more information please visit Florida.CompaniesToWatch.org
Backed by a five year, 100,000-mile warranty, E3 Spark Plugs, with their side-wire electrode, projects the combustion spark in a way that more quickly ignites the air/fuel mixture thereby creating a significantly faster and larger flame kernel. In effect, this burns more of the available fuel, resulting in increased combustion efficiency for improved power and fuel economy with reduced emissions. They are now available for most automotive and motorsports applications at automotive retail stores nationwide. For more information and complete test results, visit www.e3sparkplugs.com.