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|Therma-Hexx Named NHHTC's Product of the Year Winner|
|Published Friday, November 16, 2012|
The temperature was just right for Portsmouth-based Therma-HEXX at the 2012 NH High Tech Council Product of the Year (POY) competition and reception held Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Therma-HEXX specializes in the creation of green building products that improve the way to heat and cool environments inside and out. ThermaPAVER collects solar energy to heat water while cooling paver surfaces in the summer and, in the winter, melts snow on pavers using geothermal or waste heat energy. ThermaCEILING are radiant heating and cooling panels that will provide a highly efficient way to heat and cool spaces using a conventional suspended ceiling system while adding back 30 percent of the usable space that is currently required for ductwork.
At the seventh annual Product of the Year event, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan, wase on hand as the Council honored the top five companies competing for Product of the Year with Judges Awards. Those five finalists were selected by the judges from a larger pool of candidates in October. The five previewed their products during a reception before the evening event, and then made seven-minute pitches as part of their effort to encourage the audience to vote for their product. The popular vote and previous judging by a panel of business and technology experts were equally weighed, and Therma-Hexx took top honors for 2012. The four other 2012 finalists and Judge’s Award winners were Airmar Technology, Milford; Dynamic Benchmarking, Windham; Itaconix, Stratham; and Medtronic, Portsmouth.
Robert Barmore, co-founder and CEO of Therma-HEXX, said, “We want to change the world. There are a lot of things that are being done so inefficiently; there’s no reason not to fix that – it’s so easy to do it.” And Therma-HEXX makes it look so easy, garnering a Green Launching Pad grant, placing second in the first-ever TechOut business startup competition, and now snagging the 2012 POY. When asked about this, Barmore emphasized, “Green Launching Pad got us started, TechOut allowed us to keep going, Product of the Year is going to give us the recognition that we need, and it just proves that people believe in our product and it gives the marketplace the confidence in our product that they need to know that it’s a worthy product.”
The winner earned the prestigious NH High Tech Council Product of the Year crystal trophy, designed by Pepi Herrmann. The Therma-HEXX name will be added to the trophy, and the trophy and an exhibit of the winning product will be on display and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for one year.
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