Questech Corp., a Rutland, VT-based decorative tile manufacturer, has received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention. The company was one of only three companies recognized for Environmental Excellence in Pollution Prevention for 2007.

The winners are selected from Vermont individuals, organizations, institutions, public agencies, businesses and industry using innovative approaches that reduce or eliminate the generation of pollutants and wastes at the source.

“This award reflects our commitment to pollution prevention, waste management and recycling and we hope this project inspires other businesses to join in our clean-air efforts,” said Barry Culkin, President and CEO of Questech Corp.

Questech says it employed changes using a unique combination of chemistry, process and engineering that allowed them to completely eliminate one major type of emission. The adoption of a highly effective control strategy reduced another emission by approximately 96%, the company noted.

“We are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and that means caring about the well being of our employees, the community where we are located, and our customers,” added Culkin. “Questech has always been innovative and cutting edge in our approach to the tile industry, and we are applying that same way of thinking to how we can minimize our impact on the environment.”