CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council to present the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry to 46 West Virginia business exporters.
"When West Virginia businesses enter new markets around the world, they help foster trade opportunities, support job growth and diversify our economy here at home," Gov. Tomblin said. "Their ongoing success demonstrates West Virginia businesses and their employees can compete - and succeed - in the global marketplace."
Since 2002, West Virginia has awarded commendations to honor companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the previous year. The Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry award is a framed piece of currency from each new country to which the recipient business began exporting. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.
West Virginia companies have entered export markets in diverse countries, from Albania to Venezuela. This year, the most new export sales to a single country went to the neighboring country of Canada, which provided a new export market for 11 West Virginia companies. Six companies received commendation awards for first-time exports to Trinidad and Tobago. Countries making first-time or rare appearances on the state's export commendation roster are The Republic of Palau, Gambia and Djibouti.
Commendations were awarded to the following businesses:
- Power Sonix, Martinsburg. Product: Aircraft loud hailers. Country: Brunei.
- Growth Media Services, Martinsburg. Product: Video production. Country: Trinidad and Tobago, Italy.
- Channel Creasing Matrix Inc., Martinsburg. Product: Creasing matrix and die supplies. Country: Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Kuwait, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, Venezuela.
- American Muscle Docks & Fabrication, Wellsburg. Product: Docks and marina accessories. Country: Bermuda, Bahamas, Singapore.
- Eagle Manufacturing Company, Wellsburg. Product: Safety cabinets, safety cans, spill containment, material handling. Country: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, United Arab Emirates.
- United States Gypsum Company, Weirton. Product: Paper-faced corner bead (building material). Country: Norway.
- Crosscutting Concepts LLC, Huntington. Product: Education science kits. Country: Australia, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand.
- Guyan International, Barboursville. Product: Equipment for mobile hydraulic applications. Country: Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Panama.
- Hercules International Inc., Huntington. Product: Brake camshafts. Country: Canada.
- Special Metals Corporation, Huntington. Product: Raw nickel alloys. Country: Saudi Arabia.
- Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg. Product: Hardwood lumber. Country: United Kingdom, Malaysia.
- ABB Inc., Lewisburg. Product: Online gas chromatographs and related instruments. Country: Latvia.
- Falcon Analytical Systems & Technology LLC, Lewisburg. Product: Fast gas chromatographs. Country: Norway, Denmark, Italy, United Kingdom, China, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Albania, Saudi Arabia.
- Peacock Manufacturing Company, Wardensville. Product: Custom cabinetry. Country: Anguilla, Bermuda, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Spain.
- FMW Rubber Products, Bridgeport. Product: Metal, polymer and rubber composites. Country: Israel.
- Stockmeier Urethanes USA Inc., Clarksburg. Product: Polyurethanes. Country: Brazil.
- Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood LLC, Ravenswood. Product: Aluminum products and solutions. Country: Romania, Israel, Christmas Island (Australian Territory).
- J&M Industrial Inc., Millwood. Product: Used industrial equipment. Country: Dominica.
- Niche Polymer LLC, Ravenswood. Product: Plastics compounding. Country: Canada.
- Bars and Booths.com Inc., Charles Town. Product: Diner furniture, custom bars. Country: Australia, Angola, Canada, France.
- Cyclops Industries Inc., South Charleston. Product: Safety sight glass. Country: Czech Republic, Hungary, Oman.
- Precision Samplers Inc., South Charleston. Product: Mechanical sampling system. Country: Canada.
- Walhonde Tools Inc., Charleston. Product: Pipe and tube alignment tools. Country: France.
- Resolute Forest Products, Fairmont. Product: Recycled bleach kraft pulp. Country: Israel.
- IMI Fabi LLC, Benwood. Product: Talc powder. Country: Mexico, China.
- ICL-IP America, Inc., Gallipolis Ferry. Product: Functional fluids and flame retardants. Country: Taiwan.
- American Mine Research Inc., Princeton (headquartered in Virginia). Product: Mine monitoring and other controls for industrial operations. Country: Australia, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand.
- Gurkees®, Morgantown. Product: Rope sandals. Countries: Ireland, Australia, Sweden, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom.
- ZEV Corporation, Westover. Product: Electric vehicles. Country: United Arab Emirates.
- Caperton Furnitureworks LLC, Berkeley Springs. Product: Wood furniture. Country: Estonia, Republic of Palau, Saudi Arabia.
- Washington Homeopathic Products, Berkeley Springs. Product: Homeopathic products. Country: Greenland, Ireland, South Korea, Italy, Germany.
- Metalcraft Mining Equipment Rebuilders Inc., Fenwick. Product: Voest-Alpine Breaker Line Supports. Country: Australia.
- Richwood Creations Inc., Summersville. Product: Wood products (kitchenwares). Country: Canada, Australia, United Kingdom.
- TROY Group Inc., Wheeling. Product: Security printing products. Country: Gambia, Mali, Tanzania, Portugal, Romania, Antigua and Barbuda, Honduras, Uruguay.
- Warwood Tool Company, Wheeling. Product: Heavy forged hand tools. Country: United Kingdom, Indonesia.
- Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling. Product: Truck parts. Country: Bulgaria, Federated States of Micronesia, Djibouti, Republic of Palau, Grand Cayman.
- Aquafix Systems Inc., Kingwood. Product: Water treatment equipment for acid mine drainage. Country: Tasmania.
- Multicoat Products Inc. Winfield. Product: Construction coatings. Country: Jamaica.
- American Airworks, Sophia. Product: Compressors, Boosters, Compressed Air Components, High Pressure Breathing Air-Oxygen Products. Country: Angola, Australia, Belgium, British Virginia Islands, British West Indies, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates.
- Thermo-Tech Inc., Davis. Product: Heaters for conveyor belts and related components. Country: Mongolia.
- Marble King, Paden City. Product: Glass marbles. Country: Kenya.
- Sistersville Tank Works, Sistersville. Product: Custom metal fabrication. Country: Trinidad and Tobago.
- Baron Blakeslee SFC Inc., Williamstown. Product: Industrial cleaning systems. Country: Qatar, Ireland.
- Kreinik Manufacturing Company, Parkersburg. Product: Fiber, yarn and thread mills. Country: Croatia, Rwanda.
- Rolling Ridge Woods, Parkersburg. Product: Logs and lumber. Country: Canada