"Noble Wood Shavings" wins business competition

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Sherrill business has been named the winner of the EDGEccelerator Business Competition presented by NBT Bank. Noble Wood Shavings will bring home a $20,000 cash prize and will automatically qualify for a $50,000 loan to implement their project proposed in the competition.

Accepting the award for Noble Wood Shavings were co-entrants Jason DiBenedetto and Leo Rentzis.

The winner was announced during the Mohawk Valley EDGE Locavore Dinner held Tuesday evening at the Resource Center for Independent Living on Genesee Street in Utica. The five-course dinner featured meals prepared with local foods

"According to the latest USDA census, agribusiness in our region directly contributes $152 Million to the local economy'" stated Laura Casamento, EDGE Board Chairman and Dinner Master of Ceremony. "This event celebrates the small businesses of the region and reinforces that EDGE stands ready to work with local companies to help them succeed."

Noble Wood Shavings was established in 2010. They offer high quality, healthy pine wood shavings for the equine professional. Shavings are passed through a rotary drum dryer; super-heating and fluffing them to ensure extremely low moisture, maximum absorbency, and fluffiness. It also leaves the product free of bacteria, molds and mildew. Two times during the production process, the shavings are passed through a Shaker machine that removes any splinters chips or shards. In addition, fine dust particles are removed which can be harmful to animals.

The other three finalists were:
· Aqua Vita Farms of Sherrill, NY;
· Joe's Jerky and Country Store of Sherrill, NY; and
· Store Scan Shred of Rome, NY.

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