Representatives of 37 West Virginia business exporters received the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry, the governor’s office announced June 24.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council presented more than 100 awards to 37 small and medium-sized Mountain State companies to recognize export sales to 72 different countries.
The governor also presented certificates to the Polymer Alliance Zone, Chemical Alliance Zone and the West Virginia Coal Association to recognize the success of West Virginia exporters in those sectors.
"West Virginia has shown the world that we have the quality products, services and workforce to compete in the global marketplace," Tomblin said. "Nearly 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside the United States. West Virginia businesses that export enlarge their own markets while they also expand our state's economy and support jobs here at home. I appreciate the opportunity to honor them for their success."
West Virginia's exports a diverse range of products, from sectors including consumer goods, technology, biomedical, automotive and manufacturing, to countries as near as Canada and as far as Ghana, Saudi Arabia and China.
In 2013, West Virginia's export shipments of merchandise in totaled $8.6 billion, according to the International Trade Administration. And in 2012, 1,119 companies exported from West Virginia; of which 76.9 percent were small and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.
Awarded companies, their cities, products and countries to which they export are as follows:
Peacock Manufacturing, Wardensville. Product — Custom cabinetry. Country: France.
MSES Consultants - Corrosion Products Division, Clarksburg. Product — Test kits (for testing corrosion on pipelines) and test canes (equipment to facilitate the testing of pipelines). Countries: Argentina, Ecuador, France.