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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2013/ — LEHR Inc., founded by Captain Bernardo J. Herzer, was today awarded a Pittman Innovation Award for 2013. Presented by Sail Magazine, the awards recognize the most innovative and interesting new products on the market. In honor of widely respected Technical Editor, Freeman K. Pittman who succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1996, the Pittman Innovation Awards follows only the best in technical developments and marine technology.

LEHR Inc., the award-winning technology company that created the innovative solution of powering small engines using propane instead of gasoline has now developed the world’s first OEM marine outboard engine fueled by propane. Previously available for vehicles, forklifts and large equipment, LEHR’s innovation addresses the need for the benefits of alternative fuel propane in the marine market segment.

“Lehr’s small propane-fueled outboards are at the forefront of what could be a significant trend – a trend fueled in large part by problems with ethanol-blended gasoline,” says Sail Magazine technical editor Jay Paris.  “Gasoline containing 10 percent ethanol has a nominal shelf life of a month or less and is especially problematic when used in small engines, which can become difficult to start and run, and may suffer carburetor damage.”

The use of propane not only avoids the problems created by gasoline, but also makes engines more environmentally friendly and easier to maintain.

Captain Bernardo J. Herzer, founder and CEO of LEHR, is the trend setting entrepreneur and inventor with a deep passion for helping the environment. Founded in 2004, LEHR is dedicated to a cleaner planet through environmentally friendly technology.  Inspired by Captain Herzer’s commitment and forward thinking, the current slate of LEHR’s research is focused on the use of clean burning propane to power small engines throughout several industries. LEHR continues to receive great recognition for its innovations that benefit humanity and spark global change.  www.golehr.com

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