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West Virginia companies recognized for first time exports

December 25, 2018

CHARLESTON — In a ceremony earlier this month, 31 West Virginia companies were presented with the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award. The commendation recognizes businesses that exported to a new country for the first time during the previous year.

“As we export more West Virginia products to the world, the world sees just how good West Virginia really is,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a news release. “These companies are our ambassadors, and we all should be so proud of their work.”

Each company received a framed piece of currency from each new country to which the business began exporting. The presentation was based on the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns.

The award presentation was held in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State Capitol in Charleston. The event was immediately followed by a reception in the Governor’s Mansion.

The West Virginia companies exported an eclectic mix of products that included aluminum, bottled tea, hydraulic torque wrench, loadout systems, plastic compounds, threads and truck parts.

Commendations were awarded to the following businesses:

Berkeley County

- Doc’s Tea, Inwood. Country: Australia, Brazil, China. Product: Bottled tea beverages.

- Mountaineer Brand, Martinsburg. Country: Germany, Italy, Singapore. Product: Natural handmade beard care, healing salves, balms.

Brooke County

- American Muscle Docks and Fabrication, Wellsburg. Country: Cayman Islands, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Romania, Togo, Turks and Caicos Islands. Product: Floating boat docks, dock hardware, marina accessories and metal fabrication goods.

Cabell County

- Hill Tree Roastery, Huntington. County: Israel. Product: Locally roasted whole bean coffee.

- Nippon Tungsten USA, Barboursville. Country: Germany, Italy, Nigeria. Product: Rotary die cutter, regrinding service for rotary die cutters.

- Rubberlite, Huntington. Country: Singapore. Product: HyPUR-cel rubber products.

- Steel of West Virginia, Huntington. Country: Belgium. Product: Channels and I-beams.

- Tri-State Coating and Machine Company, Salt Rock. Country: Argentina, Vietnam. Product: Thermal coatings.

Greenbrier County

- Falcon Analytical Systems & Technology, Lewisburg. Country: Switzerland. Product: CALIDUS Gas Chromatograph.

Jackson County

- Appalachian Distillery, Ripley. Country: Germany. Product: Distilled spirits; alcohol.

- Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, Ravenswood. Country: Malaysia. Product: Aluminum coil, sheet and plate products.

- Mustang Sampling, Ravenswood. Country: Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Netherlands, South Korea, Vietnam. Product: Sample conditioning systems for the natural gas, natural gas liquids and liquified natural gas industry.

- Niche Polymer, Ravenswood. Country: Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam. Product: Plastic compounding.

Jefferson County

- Dura Trac Flooring, Kearneysville. Country: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Nigeria. Product: Special event flooring.

- Growth Media Productions, Shepherdstown. Country: Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden. Product: Television programming and films.

- Schonstedt Instrument Company, Kearneysville. Country: Bulgaria, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea. Product: Underground locators-magnetic and pipe/cable locators.

Kanawha County

- Industrial Bolting Technologies, Charleston. Country: Azerbaijan, Italy, Oman, Qatar, Uruguay. Product: TorsionX hydraulic torque wrench product line.

- Preiser Scientific, Saint Albans. Country: Mozambique. Product: Laboratory supplies.

Lincoln County

- Stoneza Inc. dba Wood Globe, Alum Creek. Country: Egypt, Vietnam. Product: Log and lumber.

Marshall County

- Best Business Strategies, Glen Dale. Country: Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mauritius, Netherlands, Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka. Product: Sage 50 Accounting software and remote support.

- Tecnocap, Glen Dale. Country: China, Colombia, New Zealand, Uruguay. Product: Metal closures.

Monongalia County

- Gurkees, Morgantown. Country: Belgium, Bermuda, Philippines. Product: Rope sandals.

Morgan County

- Caperton Furnitureworks, Berkeley Springs. Country: Austria, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Grenada, Madagascar, Mexico, Panama, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates. Product: Hardwood furniture.

- Washington Homeopathic Products, Berkeley Springs. Country: Burkina Faso, Mauritius. Product: Homeopathic medicine.

Ohio County

- Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling. Country: Finland. Product: Digital marketing and advertising.

- TROY Group, Wheeling. Country: Guinea-Bissau, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Myanmar, New Caledonia. Product: Security printing solutions

- Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling. Country: Algeria, Vietnam. Product: Truck parts.

Putnam County

- Alpha Technologies, Hurricane. Country: Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Product: Information Technology: LAN support, WAN support, network site survey, configuration of network routers and switches.

- Kanawha Scales and Systems, Poca. Country: Algeria. Product: Loadout systems.

- Multicoat Products, Fraziers Bottom. Country: Guatemala, Romania. Product: Construction coatings.

Wood County

- Kreinik Manufacturing Company, Parkersburg. Country: Northern Ireland, Sweden. Product: High-end metallic threads, yarns, braids; silk yarns and threads for embroidery, costume, interior design and fly fishing.

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