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For Release — Tuesday, March 27, 2007

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF SPECIALTY SILICON PRODUCTS NAMED
SMALL BUSINESS ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

ALBANY—Randy Putnam, president and chief operating officer of Specialty Silicon Products, Inc., of Ballston Spa in Saratoga County, has been presented with the 2007 Small Business Advocate of the year award.

The award, sponsored by The Business Council of New York State and the Chamber Alliance of New York State, is given to to recognize an individual from the small business community who makes extraordinary efforts to persuade Albany to enact policies that will improve New York's business climate for small businesses.

Randy Putnam has overseen the growth of his Albany-area company to a global leader in silicone technology and production. Putnam is also the volunteer president of Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing (CEN), an association of 75 Capital Region manufacturers.

Putnam was presented with the award during the Council's annual Small Business Day at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany.