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Natural Fiber Welding wins award, find out how it can grow the brand

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Natural Fiber Welding CEO Luke Haverhals and CTO (Chief Technology Officer) Aaron Amstutz have won a prestigious award that can propel them further into the textile industry.

The duo won the 2022 Inventor of the Year award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.

The Foundation for Intellectual Property Owners Education Award recognizes recent inventors whose creations have a significant impact on the world. Among this year’s recipients are inventors of mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.

Haverhals and Amstutz are credited with leading a business that focuses on the global climate and pollution crises through their products. Natural Fiber Welding produces plastic-free products using sustainable, plant-derived materials.

“I tell new recruits to NFW that I hope in 10-15 years the view of NFW is like the DuPont of natural materials. When people think of who is doing the best job developing new materials in a natural space, they think of the NFW name,” Amstutz said.

Natural Fiber Welding is a Peoria based and established company.

“I worked at Caterpillar for 18 years and I’ve been in Peoria for 20 years now, and I’ve seen manufacturing go and I’ve seen jobs disappear. When I started at this startup, I realized that a new business could grow and grow in Peoria, bring manufacturing, bring engineering, and do it in a whole new space,” Amstutz said. .

Amstutz and Haverhals will travel to Washington, DC to receive the award on December 7.

“It will put us in front of a group of people who are interested in intellectual property in Washington, D.C.