Two very different Chattanooga companies take home Spirit of Innovation awards [photos]

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / FreightWaves founder and CEO Craig Fuller speaks after being named a Spirit of Innovation award winner during the annual awards ceremony at The Signal on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. FreightWaves, along with Chattanooga Whiskey, were named the winners.

Two very different companies took home Spirit of Innovation awards on Wednesday night after judges couldn't choose between the two contenders.

FreightWaves and Chattanooga Whiskey are both shaking things up in their industries and in the community where they were born, said Dan Gilmore, Spirit of Innovation Award committee chairman for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

"They both exemplify the true spirit of innovation this award recognizes and celebrates," he said.

photo Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / FreightWaves founder and CEO Craig Fuller speaks after being named a Spirit of Innovation award winner during the annual awards ceremony at The Signal on Wednesday, Oct.