Kimberly A. Reed, president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), recently returned to her home state to speak at the West Virginia Chamber’s 83rd Annual Meeting and Business Summit.

Reed discussed how EXIM’s financing tools can help West Virginia companies, both large and small, grow through the export of “Made in the USA” goods and services. 

“EXIM is more critical than ever to businesses, particularly small businesses, and the agency is here to help grow West Virginia’s economy and create American jobs through the export of U.S.-made products overseas,” Reed said in a release. “In the past five years, EXIM has supported exports valued at more than $19 million from 14 companies across West Virginia.

“During my swearing-in in the Oval Office in May, President Trump asked me to ‘lead this institution to new heights’ so that ‘the world will see more products stamped with those four beautiful words: MADE IN THE USA.’ We want America’s small businesses, including here in West Virginia, to know we can assist them as they compete for and win deals around the world.”

Reed also showcased an EXIM West Virginia success story: Wheeling Truck Center, a family-owned small business with 20 employees in Wheeling. Wheeling Truck Center uses EXIM’s export credit insurance to be able to export to 10 countries, the release said, thereby allowing the company to increase its sales and create West Virginia jobs.

For more information, visit exim.gov.

— Email: wholdren@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @WendyHoldren

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