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first_imgWhey-based Wood Finish Company Based In HardwickMONTPELIER, Vt. – A Hardwick company that makes wood finishes from a dairy by-product has won a prestigious award for environmentally friendly building products and hopes to parley that into continued growth.Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) product, developed with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the University of Vermont, was selected as one of BuildingGreen’s 2008 Top-10 Green Building Products by the editors of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec(r).This seventh annual award recognizes the most innovative and exciting green building products added to the GreenSpec(r) Directory during the past year or covered in Environmental Building News.”When government can be a catalyst for innovation, the result is quality jobs for Vermonters,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “We’re very pleased to have played a small role in Vermont Natural Coatings’ success, and hope we can help them continue to grow.”Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) wood finishes are designed to enhance the innate beauty of wood and preserve it with a durable shield that is environmentally safe for those who work with it and for those who live with it.The products are the result of recent scientific innovations using whey proteins, a natural by-product of the dairy industry. This hard-wearing “polymer” wood coating meets the highest professional and environmental standards.The products were developed at the University of Vermont’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences by Dr. Mingruo Guo, Ph. D., with the help of funding secured through the efforts of George Robson of the Vermont Department of Economic Development.Vermont Natural Coatings was founded in 2004 by Andrew Meyer who began with the idea of using a by-product of the cheese-making process to develop environmentally-friendly wood treatment applications.The University of Vermont, which had patented Guo’s formulas, licensed them to Meyer, who had worked with Guo, for the North American market.”We were thrilled to be selected as one of the top ten new products this year in the rapidly growing category of green products,” said Meyer.”This just underscores the enthusiastic and positive response we’ve received from the industry and the public for our products, which are not only green, but offer a rapid drying, odor-free option for floor coating without compromising on durability or aesthetics,” he said.Upon receiving the award at the recent Green Build Boston conference in Boston, Vermont Natural Coatings announced that they will be launching a line of outdoor wood treatment applications and other natural whey-based products after several years of testing. Orders for their exterior line are already being accepted for spring delivery.The company, which currently employs four, is seeking investors to grow the company to the next level. “We’re seeking partners who share our vision for high quality products and commitment to the economic vitality of rural Vermont,” Meyer said.A big driver in the development of green products continues to be the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED(r) Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which awards points for the use of certain product types or for the energy or water savings that certain green products can achieve.”Designers of LEED buildings are looking for green products, and manufacturers, such as Vermont Natural Coatings, are responding,” said Alex Wilson, president and coeditor of BuildingGreen and GreenSpec, the leading national directory of green building products.”Our selections of the Top-10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas,” noted Wilson. “Most of the Top-10 products this year, including Vermont Natural Coatings, have multiple environmental attributes.”For additional information, visit www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com(link is external) or www.thinkvermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

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