(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A Jeffersonville company that designs and manufactures technical learning systems wasÂ selected as the state's 2010 Small Business of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.Â Amatrol, Inc. was chosen from a field of dozens of nominees from around the state.Â Amatrol and other top small businesses were recognized atÂ an annual awards luncheon held in downtown Indianapolis.
Short for Automated Machine Controls, Amatrol develops skills-based, interactive technical learning systems for the education market, as well as industry and workforce training. The company enables teaching institutions to prepare students for successful employment in a modern workplace by teaching them relevant technical skills.
In the time since its parent company's founding as a small industrial automation design operation in the basement of a home in 1964, Amatrol has grown to over 130 employees.Â And, not one employee has been laid off in the company's history.
Accolades include garnering national recognition in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Labor; and in 2006, Siemens selected Amatrol from a worldwide search as its partner to develop mechatronics training. This year, the company has launched a new utility-scale wind and solar technology training program and is on track for international sales to account for 20% of total sales.
The company has given back to its local community through scholarships, capital contributions to universities as well as equipment and space donation to local schools.
"Amatrol has demonstrated impressive year-over-year growth as well as good corporate citizenship while adapting to a new business model and markets.Â Though a small company, Amatrol has the potential to have a big impact on Indiana.Â There may be no more important issue for the long-term prosperity of our state than constant improvement of Hoosiers' technical job skills.Â Amatrol is on the front lines of this issue delivering remarkable results," offers Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.
Companies recognized as finalists for the 2010 Small Business of the Year were: DeKalb Molded Plastics of Butler; Matrix Integration of Jasper and Unified Group Services of Anderson.Â This marked the third consecutive time Unified Group Services has been a finalist; all others were newcomers to the list.
Semi-finalists for the award were: Home Health Depot of Indianapolis; Med-Mizer, Inc. of Batesville; Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis; and Scorpion Protective Coatings, Inc. of Cloverdale.
"All of our Small Business of the Year honorees represent companies that impact all of us. Small businesses drive the economy and provide the jobs vital to our communities and quality of life," Brinegar states. "We were pleased and impressed to see the many and varied ways these companies are pushing forward in today's economic climate and at the same time taking care of their employees."
The Small Business of the Year award is open to all Hoosier companies with 250 employees or fewer.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has been the state's largest broad-based business advocacy organization for 88 years.Â The nearly 5,000 member companies employ 800,000 Hoosier workers.