ATLANTA — The call for entries for the 2010 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards competition is officially underway, with the entry deadline set for April 1. More than 60 exhibiting companies have requested entry packages for the 2010 competition as of this date.

New for 2010, the Challengers Award finalists and winners will be recognized all four days in a display area on the show floor. The special area will provide buyers and the media information about the 2010 finalists and winners.

The Challengers Award, which will be presented during IWF 2010, recognizes advancements in technology or significant contributions to environmental improvement, and focuses on companies that have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, materials, supplies and services. The award challenges IWF exhibiting companies to develop revolutionary, creative, ingenious, forward-thinking technology, materials, services or safety devices that advance the industry, according to IWF.

Presented every two years, The Challengers Award recognizes seven outstanding exhibiting companies. A panel of judges will review and analyze each entry and decide on the top 20 entries just prior to the Fair. The final judging will take place Aug. 24 and the winners will be announced on Aug. 25.

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