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April 26, 2005


Fred Curtis Jr., president of Worcester-based company, wins highest SBA honor


To mark National Small Business Week, Governor Mitt Romney today congratulated Fred Curtis Jr., President and CEO of Curtis Tractor Cab, Inc. for being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2005 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year.


“Small business is one of the backbones of our economy. It’s through the initiative and drive of people like Fred Curtis that we are creating jobs and opportunity in Massachusetts,” said Romney.


Curtis Tractor Cab is a leading manufacturer of customized weather protection cabs and innovative snowplow systems. The company, located in Worcester, employs over 200 people and generates more than $50 million in sales annually.


Being selected a Small Business Person of the Year “means a great deal to the Curtis organization and helps us recognize what we have achieved,” said Curtis. “New innovations continue to drive our success and we believe that our best day will be tomorrow.Tomorrow, Curtis will leave for Washington, D.C. to attend the SBA’s award ceremony celebrating National Small Business Week and receive the honor for outstanding business leadership.


In Massachusetts, small companies comprise 90 percent of all businesses, employing nearly half of the state’s workforce. Romney recently proposed a number of job initiatives designed to spur economic growth, including reforming the state’s unemployment insurance system, expediting the permitting process and unveiling a healthcare plan that helps small business owners access a low-cost, comprehensive benefits package.


Under Romney’s leadership, the Massachusetts economy has been showing consistent positive employment growth. Since January 2004, more than 30,000 jobs have been created, including 5,600 in the month of March, the seventh consecutive month for job gains.



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