Exporter of the Year
The 2013 Exporter of the Year Winners
ThinkGlobal Inc. has awarded the 2013 Exporter of the Year Award to American companies in 13 business categories.
ThinkGlobal is a print and online publishing company in Northampton, Mass., that publishes Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Department of Commerce, along with other publications and websites. Commercial News USA is a catalog-style magazine that reaches more than a quarter million readers in 178 countries worldwide.
The awards will be presented to one U.S. company in each of 13 industry categories. This year’s award winners include:
Online store www.bay.ru is a global shopping site in Russia/CIS. Through operations in Chicago, Moscow and St. Petersburg, the company sells goods from the USA to Russian consumers.
BayRu was the first cross-border e-commerce business in Russia and today offers consumers the broadest selection of in-stock products, American-style customer experiences and the most consistent home delivery. Integrated product catalogues from retail affiliate partners eBay and Amazon have helped build large market share across many categories.
Complete Inspection Systems Inc. is the world’s leader in automated inspection and proofreading technology for the pharmaceutical, medical device, printing and packaging Industries. They are at the cutting edge of technical and process development in the field of Track and Trace, and, utilizing their proprietary HD Barcode technology, they have developed unique systems for anti-counterfeiting and product authentication.
Complete Inspection Systems provides a full range of document verification tools for both image and text comparison of almost any type of document or material.
“Our software and solutions help save lives in the pharmaceutical, medical device and packaging industries by identifying print errors and component mix-ups,” says Gary L. Parish, president of Complete Inspection Systems. “Since a significant amount of manufacturers produce drugs and devices for export to the USA, using automated inspection helps provide safe imports back to the USA and is the key to our growth.”
Defibtech, which was acquired late last year by a Japanese company, Nihon Kohden Corp., was founded in 1999 by Dr. Glenn W. Laub, cardiothoracic surgeon and Professor and Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at Drexel College of Medicine and Clinical Section Chief at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and fellow Yale graduate, Gintaras Vaisnys, an engineer who has founded several technology companies.
They combined their experience and built a company to create and manufacture one of the world’s best Automated External Defibrillators.
Diesel Specialists sells Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, and Perkins parts and engines. For more than 35 years, its focus on the marine and industrial markets has provided it with a unique vantage point shared by few in their industry. Whether it is providing a remanufactured engine for a quick turnaround or shipping one of their thousands of engine components, its entire focus is to provide customers with quality products at great prices, on-time, every time.
Fluidmesh Networks is a worldwide leader in wireless systems for security, industrial, and mission-critical applications. The company develops top-quality products for security, video-surveillance, condition monitoring and data communication. Fluidmesh Networks’ technology powers applications for ferry operators, trains and metro operators, mines, industrial plants, schools, seaports, archaeological sites, resorts and more. Founded by researchers and engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Politecnico of Milan in Italy.
FoodTools operates a manufacturing, sales, and service facility in Santa Barbara, California. The company also has several other offices around the world. FoodTools Central in South Haven, Michigan, also has a production floor, sales staff, and service technicians to cover eastern North America. FoodTools UK is a sales and service office located in London, England. FoodTools China is the newest office and operates sales and service from Zhuhai, China. FoodTools is a global company focused on advancements in the food portioning industry. There are FoodTools machines right now portioning products from Australia to Romania.
GAME Equipment, based in Napoleonville, Louisiana, specializes in tractors, sugar cane planters, vegetable sprayers, and other types of agricultural equipment. These tractors are heavy duty and built for long hours in remote sugar cane and other rough applications worldwide. Game presently has four models of tractors. GAME also supplies computer numerical controlled machining and other machine shop services to a variety of customers in the oil field and other industries.
“We are proud to receive the Exporter of Year Award,” says David Chadwick, CEO of GAME Equipment LLC. “It is evidence our focus on exports, over 90% of our business and growth, has produced results. GAME’s focus is on the world’s largest pineapple, sugar and energy cane farms found plus or minus the equator around the world. They need rugged, simple purpose built mobile equipment designed to work in remote parts of the world. Our business depends on supplying equipment that reliably and efficiently gets their product to worldwide markets.”
KMI Group is a global manufacturer and distributor of plastic resins for molders, extruders, compounders and manufacturers serving almost every major industry. For more than two decades, KMI has been delivering competitive prices supported by dependable service and technical know-how. With more than 300 million pounds of bulk and packaged resins delivered every year, KMI knows what it takes to keep your operations running with the right resin.
Since its founding, KMI has established unique business relationships with some of the world’s largest resin producers. And KMI also markets its own lines of products.
NeoTurf began manufacturing in Peru and South America in 2008, filling a need for durable synthetic turf. In South America, small rented soccer fields are common, and they endure as much as 300 hours of play per month. For these fields, natural turf is not an option, and synthetic turf available at the time was still not durable enough. In 2010, in order to more easily access new technologies and expertise, NeoTurf expanded its operations to Dalton, Georgia. In October 2012, they began making turf for the U.S. market, using their expertise to design and manufacture turf that is both beautiful and durable. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of durable turf with great appearance and performance. Products are manufactured for landscape and sport turf applications.
Founded as Physician’s Choice of Arizona Inc. by an aesthetician and a several physicians, they evolved into Physicians Care Alliance LLC, a global organization serving more than 5,000 medical practices in the United States, with products sold in more than 70 countries worldwide. Throughout their history, they have been known as PCA SKIN, a company dedicated to the science of healthy skin.
PCA SKIN is a trusted industry leader in the development of gentle, yet highly effective professional treatments and daily care products for more than two decades. With a team dedicated to serving others, their vision is to improve people’s lives; they do so on a daily basis by partnering with physicians and clinicians to provide a proven process combining aesthetics and science for healthy, beautiful skin.
PHOENIX Process Equipment Company is an international leader in liquid/solids separation, residuals dewatering, and water reuse technologies. With hundreds of installations worldwide, PHOENIX offers knowledge and experience in a broad range of production processes and industries.
The company, headquartered in Lou-isville, Kentucky, serves the aggregate, mining, municipal, industrial, and water recycling industries PHOENIX has applied its innovative technologies for residuals and sludge thickening and dewatering for nearly thirty years. More recently, in the aggregate and industrial minerals markets the company has also pioneered new process tech-nologies in construction sand and frac sand manufacturing.
“We are extremely honored to receive this notable award,” says Gary Drake, president and CEO of PHOENIX Process Equipment Co. “PHOENIX began our focus on global trade and exporting decades ago. We are gratified this strategy has served us well and that international trade continues to be a significant and growing part of our business.”
Founded as Smith & Hemenway Company, Inc. in 1872, Red Devil began with the production of several types of glass cutters, one of which, the “Woodward Wizard”, was patented. This unique tool, with its tiny wheel for scoring glass, was among the first in the industry and could be used as a glass breaker, can opener, corkscrew, knife/scissor sharpener, and tack hammer. The company’s reputation for quality and reliability grew. By the late 19th century, do-it-yourselfers as well as professionals were depending on their top-performing products.
Although not all spas are created equally, all portable spas have four primary components: the shell, the plumbing, the cabinet & the power system. Viking SPAs focuses on using only the best components, made exclusively in the USA. Made of a virtually indestructible thermoplastic, the company’s high density polyethylene is impervious to delamination. Working with Waterway™, Viking has balanced its plumbing system to provide unrivaled power behind every jet. An investment into molds and tooling to produce its cabinet panels has given Viking the edge on its competition.
“When Viking began exporting eight years ago, we had no idea of what to expect,” says Tom Kneeshaw, director of sales & marketing of Viking Spas. “However, exporting now dominates our overall sales and our achievements have garnered recognition from the federal government. Needless to say, we are humbled by this award and enjoy the fact that people all over the world generally look for the same things in buying a product: American quality and value.”
ThinkGlobal is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Exporter of the Year Awards.
The ThinkGlobal Exporter of the Year Awards are given to one U.S. company in each of the magazine's industry categories.
Deadline for nominations:
September 30th, 2013.
ThinkGlobal Incorporated and the U.S. Government do not endorse any product or service, nor any company receiving an Exporter of the Year award, and assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the data provided by each individual company in applying for the award. All companies must attest to their good standing with the federal government when submitting a nomination form for the award.