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2011 Trade Excellence Awards

Alabama Development Office     
March 10, 2011                                                                                                                                                 

Governor Bentley Recognizes Companies for Excellence in Exporting

MONTGOMERY -- Governor Robert Bentley recognized eight Alabama companies for excellence demonstrated in exporting during a ceremony at the State Capitol today.

Exporting was a $15.5 billion industry for Alabama in 2010 and supported some 300,000 jobs in the state according to the Alabama Development Office.  Alabama ranks 27th among U.S. states in the dollar value of its exports and saw a 25.5% increase from 2009.  The national average for this period was 20%.

“International trade in Alabama continues to see tremendous growth and showcasing eight of Alabama’s companies for success in selling their products overseas is exciting.  These companies have helped sustain and create jobs by taking advantage of markets outside the U.S.,” Governor Robert Bentley said. 

Alabama Development Office (ADO) Director Seth Hammett said the trade division at ADO is extremely active in helping match Alabama companies with potential trade partners.” We will continue to define how best to help our firms take advantage of overseas opportunities and thus create more jobs for Alabamians,” Hammett said.

The Governor’s Trade Excellence Award was established in 2005 to recognize Alabama manufacturers and service companies for excelling in global competition.  The objectives of this program include identifying Alabama’s successful exporters, promoting exporters as role models to the Alabama business community to thus encourage greater involvement in the global marketplace, and increasing awareness of the impact of exporting on Alabama’s economy.

The awards program is coordinated by the Alabama Development Office and the Export Alabama Trade Alliance, and includes large, medium and small businesses as well as new-to-export companies from different parts of the state.

The recipients of the 2010 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards are:
Baron Services, Inc. - based in Huntsville
Creative Concepts - based in Irondale
OPICO - based in Mobile
Plastic Recyclers Southeast, Inc. - based in Decatur
Process Equipment, Inc.  -  based in Pelham
Quick Start Marketing, L.L.C. - based in Ozark
Scott Machinery & Supply Inc. - based in Helena
Valley Rubber – based in Falkville

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