President Carter Presents $25,000 Prize For Energy-Saving Device

An energy-saving device that replaced steam traps on U.S. Navy ships won a $25,000 prize for the inventor, a civilian employee of the Navy, at a ceremony on the White House lawn.

President Carter made the presentation to Lawrence L. Guzick for a constant flow Drain Orifice that is saving the U.S. Navy $10.5 million in energy costs yearly. Mr.

Guzick is assistant director of the Aircraft Carrier Ship Logistics Division, U.S. Naval Ship Systems Command.

Two days later, the director of economic development for the City of Camden, N.J., where the device is manufactured by Flexitallic Gasket Company, presented Mr. Guzick with the key to the city.

Mr. Guzick worked with engineers at Flexitallic Gasket Company Inc., P.O. Box 680, Camden, N.J. 08101, on the development and testing of the Drain Orifice.

He assigned the patent to the U.S. for Navy and other Government applications, and licensed Flexitallic Gasket Company to manufacture the device for commercial applications.

The Drain Orifice is now being used to improve steam system efficiency and save energy in many industrial plants, and has been recently recognized by receipt of the 1976 John C. Vaaler Honors Award as a significant energysaving development. According to Richard G. Krueger, Flexitallic marketing manager, "the average industrial plant can achieve savings from 15-25 percent of its current energy cost to produce steam."

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