Exporters Recognized by Governor Doyle
On Tuesday, May 15, Governor Jim Doyle presented the Governor's Export Achievement Awards to six firms that have achieved extraordinary results in international sales and have helped move Wisconsin forward in the global marketplace. The awards were presented at the 42nd annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference in Milwaukee. The conference is the largest gathering of international trade professionals in the state. This year's attendance reached 650 participants.
The Governor's Export Achievement Awards are presented annually to state companies actively involved in export trade. Criteria include degree of export-related growth; innovative techniques and approaches that resulted in the company's success; and demonstration of extra effort in capturing worldwide markets.
The 2007 winners included:
Clack Corporation – Windsor, Medium Manufacturing Exporter Award
Clack Corporation manufactures components for residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment equipment. Clack began exporting in the 1960s, building strong bonds with international customers to succeed in global markets. Last year, one-fifth of the firm's total sales came from international sales. Of the firm's 237 Wisconsin employees, nearly 50 owe their jobs to exports. The firm started working with Ekodar LLC i2n Moscow in 1996. Today, Ekodar is Clack's best international customer, buying more than $1.5 million worth of products a year.
Marchant Schmidt, Inc. - Fond du Lac, Special Effort in Medium Manufacturing Award
Marchant Schmidt began as a welding and repair shop for Fond du Lac area farmers in 1963. The firm picked up industrial clients and grew to be a major supplier of stainless steel mixing, dispensing, cutting, shredding, and washing equipment for the food and dairy industry. For the last 15 years the firm has grown its sales revenue by 20 percent a year. Since 2004, the firm's international sales have grown from three Canadian customers to exports to three continents accounting for 27 percent of the firm's total sales. Their goal is to capture 50 percent of total revenue from international markets by 2010.
Universal Die & Stampings - Prairie du Sac, Small Manufacturing Exporter
Universal Die & Stamping produces precision metal stampings such as washers, brackets, and electronic contacts and metal transfer belts used by the food and beverage industry. While many metal stamping operations have struggled staying competitive in the last few years, Universal Die & Stampings has succeeded by using computer technology to improve and streamline operations. The firm caters to the unique needs of its customers and has achieved a 99.99 percent quality rating.
Indianhead Holsteins, Ltd. – Barron, Small Agriculture Award
Indianhead Holsteins is a 1,000-acre farm marketing wood shavings for animal bedding and recently built an on-farm bio-diesel plant. Indianhead Holsteins is best known for developing and marketing registered Holsteins from their elite herd of 200. The company has established successful markets across the world, from Australia and Switzerland, to the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, and Mexico. Its innovative products and relationships with overseas markets helped the company sell 100 Indianhead animals at public auctions in the U.K.
Badger State Ethanol – Monroe, Medium Agriculture Award
Badger State Ethanol started operation in October 2002. The plant has an annual capacity of 40 million gallons of ethanol and 128,000 tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles that can be used as animal feed. Because of Badger State Ethanol's high quality, 35 percent of its distiller's dried grains are being bought by agri-businesses in Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Badger State Ethanol is also competing in markets in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, selling text batches to buyers in one of the most competitive energy markets in the world.
Ever-Green-View Farms – Waldo, Export Plus Award
Ever-Green-View Farms has been in the export business for over 30 years. Wisconsin's dairy genetics have long been sought by international buyers. The farm received its first Export Achievement Award in 2000, with markets in Asia playing a key role in its success. By December 2003 was exporting over $1 million worth of dairy genetics to Asian markets. Today, the firm supplies 90 percent of the dairy cattle embryos headed to Turkey, helping the company open up opportunities in Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, India, and Indonesia, while also maintaining its strength in Asian markets.
-- Stanley Pfrang