MONTGOMERY— Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday recognized seven Alabama companies for successfully selling their goods and services to markets around the world, helping to support robust export business that is creating jobs and driving economic growth throughout the world. the state.
In addition, Governor Ivey recognized William Cummins, state executive director of the Alabama Small Business Development Centers Network, for his excellence in trade advocacy.
Local businesses receiving the Governor’s Business Excellence Award reflect the dynamic range of capabilities found in Alabama’s economy, from building a unique tractor for farmers around the world to creating testing devices biomedical products that improve health care outcomes.
One of the companies, Ashford-based Eastern Technologies, produces protective clothing that has been used in China and elsewhere in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The winners of the Governor’s Business Excellence Awards, selected by the Alabama Department of Commerce, were honored at a special ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol.
“Consumers in markets around the world are learning that ‘Made in Alabama’ means premium quality, and they want more products produced in our state,” said Governor Ivey. “The innovation, craftsmanship and ingenuity of the products created by talented Alabama workers make them truly unmatched.”
Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said the export achievements of these companies raise the state’s profile on the world trade stage.
“Each year, the success of the Governor’s Business Excellence Award winners is the result of their vision and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Secretary Canfield. “These companies are at the forefront of their industry and we are committed to helping them get their products to customers around the world.
The recipients of this year’s Governor’s Business Excellence Awards are:
- Cherokee Fabrication Co. (Salem): Founded by Roy Owens, Paul Owens and Jerry Scarborough as a light metal fabrication shop, the Lee County company has served the cotton industry for 25 years. Its international footprint now includes ginning operations in North America, South America, Africa and Australia.
- CleBer LLC (Paint Rock): The Jackson County company’s open design system for its Oggún tractor makes all parts available off the shelf, empowering small farmers. Customers can purchase tractors made in Alabama or license the design.
- Continental Aerospace Technologies (Mobile): A world leader in general aviation, Continental is the only U.S. company to offer a full line of new piston aircraft engines, as well as a serviced maintenance, repair and overhaul center full. In business since 1906, the company has more than 600 employees.
- Eastern Technologies Inc. (Ashford): The Houston County company provides personal protective clothing to the nuclear and other industries. It is a leader in the field of radiation laundry services, the supply of protective clothing and the design of radiation laundry systems.
- iCubate Inc. (Huntsville): iCubate provides laboratories with fast, accurate and affordable screening tests, helping to improve patient care outcomes. Its international operations include a license agreement with a Chinese oncology diagnostics company and a joint venture with a Chinese infectious disease diagnostics company.
- Nelson Brothers (Birmingham): Nelson produces chemicals that are used by emulsion manufacturers around the world for mining and construction applications. To expand its global business footprint, it began producing specialty chemicals as additives in lubricants, metalworking and oil recovery processes.
- SynVivo (Huntsville): SynVivo’s tissue/organ-on-chip platform provides a biologically realistic microenvironment enabling better prediction of human responses for drug development and personalized medicine applications.
Since 2011, William Cummins has led the activities of the Alabama SBDC Network, which seeks to stimulate economic growth across the state by providing technical and management assistance to small businesses. During a 30-year career in banking, he served in international trade finance with banks in the Southeast and in other roles that advanced trade.
Christina Stimpson, director of Commerce’s Office of International Trade, said this year’s winners can serve as role models for other Alabama companies that may seek to follow a similar path to exporting their goods and services to the US. foreigner.
“We are proud to have worked with all the companies represented today and to have helped them identify international opportunities”, says Stimpson. “The communities where they are located are lucky to have them because, through exporting, they diversify the economy, increase their production and create and maintain jobs.
Alabama’s exports totaled nearly $20.9 billion in 2021, an increase of more than 21.8% over the 2020 figure. Alabama’s goods and services were purchased from 189 countries last year, Germany, Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea being the main destinations.