LiteTrends, Master Power feted Carroll companies win industrial awards

November 23, 1992

Two Carroll County companies were honored at the Maryland Industrial Partnerships Awards of Excellence ceremony Thursday for their industrial projects over the past year.

The MIPS program, sponsored by the University of Maryland, awards grants to businesses for corporate research on ideas that could stimulate industry in Maryland.

LiteTrends, which produces tofu meat substitutes in Eldersburg, won the award for start-up companies and Master Power, which manufactures pneumatic tools in Westminster, won the award for small companies.

"Carroll County is thrilled that two of our companies took two of the three awards for technical advancement in the state," said William Jenne, business development manager for the county. "We hope this trend will continue."

LiteTrends used its grant to reduce the marination time for tofu from eight hours to 15 minutes.

The company then created a sausage-like pizza topping, a ground meat alternative for pasta sauces and meat-like strips for stir fry from the tofu.

Master Power used its MIPS award for the creation of an air-driven vacuum cleaner that can pick up water, oil and other fluids in addition to potentially explosive dusts.

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