Portable Kitchens Takes National Readers' Choice Award (Kudos)

Portable Kitchens Inc. of Little Rock has been awarded the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award by About.com in the category of Best Charcoal Grill. The company’s best-selling product, a hand-cast aluminum cooker, earned it the recognition. The cooker is distributed nationwide through hardware stores, online retailers and outdoor specialty shops.

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Rock Town Distillery of Little Rock has earned top honors in several prestigious spirits competitions. The company was awarded a gold medal for its Arkansas Young Bourbon & Hickory Smoked Whiskey by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago. Rock Town also received the Best Bourbon award at the World Whiskies Awards in London earlier this year.

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Brown’s Collision Center in Bentonville has been recognized by Farmers Insurance as the 2012 Eastern Division Shop. The business, established in 1954 by Kenneth Brown, was among 663 centers considered for the award and was judged on volume, quality of repair, customer service and level of community involvement.

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The Turner Bend Store in Franklin County has been named winner of the 2013 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for its long-term involvement in improving the state’s environment. The award, established in 2005, is used to recognize major contributions by individuals or organizations that aim to protect Arkansas’ natural resources.

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Hydro-Temp Corp. of Pocahontas has received the Most Efficient designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. The company was recognized for manufacturing and selling geothermal heat pumps, which collect solar energy to provide heat, cool air and hot water for homes and businesses nationwide.