Two Walton EMC employees earn second in contest

•WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Two employees at the Walton Electric Membership Corp. have earned second-place honors in the annual Cooperative Communicators Association contest.

Heather Hodges, a communications specialist at Walton EMC, won second in the new featurette category for an article titled "CO Detectors Help Save Lives: A Follow Up." The story detailed a family's experience with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Greg Brooks, the communications coordinator at Walton EMC, won second in the online/electronic newsletter category with the electronic edition of Walton EMC's monthly newsletter, Realite.

The contest showcases the best communications efforts of cooperative businesses and organizations in the United States.

Optimus again on Top 500 list of technology companies

•NORCROSS - Optimus Solutions has been honored as one of the top producing technology companies in the United States.

The Norcross-based company was ranked No. 205 on the annual VARBusiness 500 list. Optimus Solutions was ranked No. 241. This is the sixth time the company has been ranked.

Optimus Solutions saw revenue grow to $121 million last year, which is up 31.5 percent from the previous year.

Former defense official named to EMS board

•NORCROSS - Thomas W. O'Connell, former assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, has been named to the board of directors for EMS Technologies Inc. in Norcross.

EMS Technologies is a wireless and satellite communication solutions company and serves aeronautical, defense, maritime, commercial space and supply chain markets.

- From staff reports