EDAWN Honors Sierra Nevada Corporation with Prestigious Founders Award

Recognizing Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) long history of investing in Nevada’s economy and workforce, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) on Thursday honored SNC with the 2015 Founders Award. The award recognizes companies that have been in business in western Nevada for more than 50 years, and that have achieved significant growth in employment, personal or real property and revenues within the past year.

“It is a huge honor to be recognized by EDAWN for planting our roots here in Nevada a long time ago,” said SNC President, Eren Ozmen. “We are proud to be among the top employers of University of Nevada, Reno graduates and we can say that investing in local talent and innovation has paid off over the long term.” SNC was honored at EDAWN’s Fourth Annual Existing Industry Awards at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, alongside winners in other categories and in industries from cleantech to transportation.

Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, SNC has grown from a small Nevada engineering firm of 20 employees to a global corporation. Under the sole ownership of President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC delivers technology and teams designed to connect, detect and defend through innovative solutions in aircraft, aerospace, electronics, cyber and avionics. Just this month SNC was awarded a task order for the next phase of development for its life-saving Degraded Visual Environment Pilotage System (DVEPS), which provides military pilots with multi-sensor guidance through visually-degraded conditions such as sandstorms.

SNC has experienced a 25 percent average annual corporate growth for the past five years. The company has a workforce of approximately 3,000 personnel in 33 locations in 18 states and business divisions in England, Germany and Turkey. SNC has been honored as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, “The Top Woman-owned Federal Contractor in the U.S.,” and among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.”

EDAWN is a private/public partnership established in 1983 committed to recruiting, expanding and supporting newly forming quality companies that bring jobs to the region and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Sparks.

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Ayse Caglar

Vice President