SPLASH Super Pools to Receive 2011 Innovator Award for New Renewable Energy Product Line

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (June 13, 2011) - SPLASH Super Pools, Limited (SPLASH), a pool production company headquartered in North Little Rock, will receive the Southern Growth Policies Board's 2011 Innovator Award today for diversifying its product line as SPLASH now produces biogas domes and gas holders for renewable energy production.

Biogas domes and gas holders are used by wastewater treatment facilities and food processing plants to capture methane gas.

William Shroyer, president of SPLASH, will accept the award tonight during a dinner at the Southern Growth Policies Board's Chairman's Conference in Roanoke, Va.

"SPLASH Super Pools, Limited has faced several difficult years due to economic slowdown," said Shroyer. "Our Italian partner, Ecomembrane SRL, introduced us to the biogas technology and we realized we had all the skills and almost all of the equipment necessary to produce the gas holders and dome covers. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) worked closely with us to make this expansion happen. We are truly honored to receive this award."

The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of AEDC, provided SPLASH with $315,000 in funds through the Green Tech Grant for the expansion into the renewable energy market. This project is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

"SPLASH is entering into a new market place with a unique production line that helps keep the company viable," said Maria Haley, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. "In tough economic times, a pool may not be practical for the average American, so SPLASH is using innovative technology to grow and help with renewable energy."

The Southern Growth Policies Board honors innovative Southern initiatives that are improving economic opportunities and quality of life in the region.

Innovator Awards are presented annually to one organization in each of Southern Growth's 13 member states in recognition of initiatives and organizations that are improving economic opportunities and quality of life in the region. The 2011 Innovator Awards recognize private sector businesses in the South that have achieved success through the adoption of innovative manufacturing practices.

Southern Growth Policies Board is a non-partisan public policy think tank based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Formed by the region's governors in 1971, Southern Growth Policies Board develops and advances visionary economic development policies by providing a forum for partnership and dialog among a diverse cross-section of the region's governors, legislators, business and academic leaders and the economic- and community-development sectors. This unique public-private partnership is devoted to strengthening the South's economy and creating the highest possible quality of life.