Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Governor Doyle Announces Annual Export Achievement Awards

MILWAUKEE – Governor Jim Doyle today presented his annual Export Achievement Awards recognizing Wisconsin firms and organizations that have achieved extraordinary results in international sales or have contributed to Wisconsin’s ability to compete in a global market. Last year, Wisconsin firms exported $16.7 billion worth of products.

“The strength of our international trade is a reflection of the hardworking people of Wisconsin and the outstanding products our businesses make,” Governor Doyle said. “I'm proud to recognize these Wisconsin companies and institutions that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in responding successfully to international market challenges.”

Wisconsin’s exports have grown 56 percent since Governor Doyle took office. In 2009, Wisconsin’s top five export destinations were Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and Germany. Wisconsin’s top exported products included industrial and electrical machinery, scientific and medical instruments, vehicles and paper products.

The Export Achievement Awards are presented to state companies actively involved in export trade. Criteria include degree of export-related growth; innovative techniques and approaches that resulted in the company’s success; and demonstration of extra effort in capturing worldwide markets.

The award winners are as follows:

Small Manufacturing Exporter
Alpha Source, Inc., Milwaukee
Alpha Source, Inc. is a supplier of biomedical repair parts. The firm started in 1986 supplying and servicing microfilm equipment and has grown to handle medical batteries, power protection systems, xenon lamps, oxygen sensors, medical cables and lead wires, medical fiber optics, and diagnostic equipment. The firm’s international department was launched in 2005 with one employee. The current team is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, and French. Exports represent 10 percent of gross revenue and even in a difficult year globally, export sales for fiscal year 2009 are expected to be 35 percent above 2008, which saw a 23 percent increase over the previous year.

Medium Manufacturing Exporter
ARIES Industries, Inc., Waukesha
ARIES Industries is a global leader and one of the largest full line manufacturers of Closed Circuit Television Video (CCTV) inspection/rehabilitation equipment and pipeline assessment/asset management software for the world's underground infrastructure. Within two years of initiating a focused international effort in 2004, ARIES Industries obtained orders in excess of $1 million from the Middle East. The firm has since expanded sales to South America and Australia and now has equipment across the globe.

Small Agricultural Exporter
ENRECO Inc., Newton
ENRECO Inc. is a producer of stabilized, ground flaxseed ingredients containing Omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants for use in baked goods, pizza crusts, breakfast cereal, nutrition bars, and other segments of the food and nutritional products industries. The firm has retained all employees and made capital investments during the current economic recession. Its export sales have grown 90 percent over the last three years, and are projected to comprise 25 percent of total sales by the end of 2011. The firm ships to 14 countries.

Medium Agricultural Exporter
The DeLong Co., Inc., Clinton
The DeLong Co., Inc., a fifth generation family-owned agricultural business, was started over 100 years ago and serves the farming industry. The firm operates 15 locations in three states, supplying fertilizers and feeds and also storing and exporting feed and grains. In the mid-1980’s, the DeLong Co. was an innovator in identity preservation by loading ocean-going containers with Wisconsin-grown soybeans here in the state, rather than shipping in bulk down the Mississippi River. In 2004, the company began loading commercial corn, soybeans, and feed products for export in containers, competing directly against bulk vessels. Over the past three years, the DeLong Co. has exported over $2 billion of agricultural products. The firm is currently one of Wisconsin’s leading exporters of soybeans and DDGS and has been able to build a market share of 40 to 50 percent of U.S. containerized shipments of grain and feed products to the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. The DeLong Co. has added 30 new employees to handle the growth in export sales.

Large Agricultural Exporter
CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley, LaFarge
CROPP Cooperative is the parent company of Organic Valley and is the largest organic, farmer-owned cooperative in North America. Organic Valley produces organic dairy products, juice, eggs, meat, soy products, and produce. The cooperative started with seven Wisconsin family farms in 1988 and has grown to 1,652 members around the country. Wisconsin farms still make up nearly 40 percent of the current total. Organic Valley began exporting non-fat dry milk powder to Switzerland in 1999 and hired its first employee dedicated to exporting in 2007. Last year, export sales amounted to $1.4 million. Organic Valley products can be found on store shelves in Mexico, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, various Caribbean islands, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Export Assistance Provider
The Geo Group Corporation, Madison
The Geo Group provides professional translation services, assisting exporters in preparing marketing materials for a global market in print, audio/video, and on-line media formats; interpreting during face-to-face or teleconference meetings; and designing labels and multilingual manuals. The Geo Group employs 38 people and works with over 800 professional native speakers in more than 60 countries around the world. It is one of the few translation companies that have taken the steps to become ISO 9001:2008 certified for their quality management systems.

Export Assistance Provider Plus
Cooperative Resources International, Shawano
Cooperative Resources International (CRI) provides a variety of services to cattle, swine, horse, sheep, and goat livestock operations, including marketing information, analysis and testing lab services, reproductive services, online auctions, and bovine embryo and semen sales. CRI and its predecessor companies have exported products for over 30 years and currently does business in 60 countries. While other companies experienced decreased sales during 2009’s global recession, CRI maintained sales and even increased market share. CRI now sells more beef semen internationally than domestically. CRI is the largest international beef semen supplier in Canada and Argentina as well as one of the biggest players in Brazil and Australia. CRI has actively promoted new technology such as genomics and sexed semen.


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