The Entrepreneur of the Year award from the University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship has been presented to Al Collison, president and founder of Midwest Padding, L.L.C. in Norfolk, NE.

Midwest Padding is an innovator in the manufacturing of specialty padding for cushioning, insulating and acoustical applications. One of the company’s better-known products, Quiet Walk, is an underlayment pad specifically designed for laminate floor applications.