Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the West Virginia Development Office Thursday to honor a state record-setting 52 West Virginia businesses with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry awards.
This award honors companies that have successfully exported to a new country in the past year.
“In 2012, our state’s exports reached a record high of $11.3 billion,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Expanding into new markets around the world has provided our businesses an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to successfully compete in the global marketplace. And I’m pleased to have this opportunity to honor them for their success.”
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 in 2012. The presentation is based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.
Commendations were awarded to these southern West Virginia businesses:
Fayette County: The Robbins Co., Fayetteville — Brazil
Greenbrier County: Almost Heaven Saunas, Renick - Australia, Belgium, Chile, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland; BMS Rescue Equipment, Friars Hill — Australia, Canada; EZEbreak LLC, Frankford — Canada
McDowell County: Gilco International Lumber, McDowell County — Thailand, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic
Mercer County: The Daniels Co., Bluefield — Mongolia
Nicholas County: Advantage Precision, Summersville — Australia, China
Raleigh: Quality Environmental Containers, Beaver — Nigeria.