Twenty-seven West Virginia companies that expanded their business last year by exporting a good or service to a new country were recognized by state officials in a virtual ceremony on June 30th. Seven of these companies were winners for the first time.
During the event, each company received the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award, which is given to companies that have sold to a new country for the first time in the previous calendar year.
“2020 was a tough year for all West Virginians, but these companies kept going and working despite the pandemic.” said Governor Jim Justice. “Exporting to a new country is an incredible achievement and we are all proud of its success. Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone who made this possible in West Virginia. “
Exports are an important part of West Virginia’s growing economy. In 2020, the state’s exports were estimated at $ 4.5 billion.
“West Virginia has a very diverse economy with several thriving industries and a number of companies that have taken the next steps to export outside of the United States.” West Virginia Secretary of State for Economic Development Mitch Carmichael said. “Every time a West Virginia company expands into a new market, it should be celebrated. It’s an incredible achievement that adds so much to the state’s economy. “
Since 2002, more than 2,200 export awards have been given to more than 170 companies for selling products in almost 200 countries. This year, companies in 13 West Virginia counties were recognized for exporting goods and services to 50 different countries.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony was held in a virtual format and included congratulatory comments from several state officials, including Attorney General, Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Carol Miller.
The following companies were recognized: Brooke County’s American Muscle Docks & Fabrication; City: Wellsburg
Product / Service: Custom boat docks, dock hardware, aluminum gangways, marina accessories and metalworking. Country Product / Service Exported to: France, Cayman Islands
Cabell County BEK Inc. dba Level 1 Fasteners City: Huntington; Product / Service: High-precision fasteners; Product / service from the country exported to: United Kingdom
Steel of West Virginia, Inc. City: Huntington Product / Service: Structural Steel I-Beams, Profiles, Special Shapes Country Product / Service Exported to: China, Spain, Canada, South Korea
West Virginia Power Systems City: Huntington Product: Medium Voltage Fuses & Arresters Country Product / Service Exported To: Canada, Mexico
Guyan International City: Barboursville Product / Service: Manufacture of high pressure hydraulic pumps, motors and auxiliaries for mobile hydraulic applications in the mining, agriculture, industrial, construction, waste disposal and energy sectors. Country Product / Service Exported to: Singapore, Kenya
Jackson County J&M Industrial City: Millwood Product / Service: Buying and selling industrial equipment Country product / service exported to: Fiji, Kenya
OVIS City: Millwood Product / Service: Specialty Hardware Agricultural Product / Service, Exported To: Mexico, Canada
Star Plastics City: Millwood Product / Service: Star Plastics is a competent full-service laboratory for the development, testing and compounding of plastic materials
Product / service from the country exported to: Italy, Mexico
Valtronics Solutions City: Ravenswood Product / Service: Valtronics® Solutions offers turnkey measurement solutions for the natural gas, liquefied natural gas and natural gas liquids markets Country Product / Service Exported to: The Netherlands
Jefferson County C2M Consulting, LLC City: Charles Town Product: Cybersecurity Management and Auditors Country Product / Service Exported To: Mexico, Chile, Bolivia
Growth Media Productions City: Shepherdstown Product: TV Programs & Movies Country Product / Service Exported to: Iceland, Romania, Uganda, Guyana, Botswana
Kanawha County Belle Chemical City: Belle Product / Service: Chemicals Country Product / Service Exported To: Brazil, Canada, Ireland, India, Mexico, Northern Ireland, United Arab Emirates
Elite Etching LLC City: Cross Lanes Product / Service: Glass Etching Tools Country Product / Service Exported To: Canada
DRK Studios City: Saint Albans Product / Service: Specialty FX, Props, Masks / Prosthetics, Escape Room Development Product / Service Exported to: Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, New Caledonia
Morgan Rhea City: South Charleston Product: Luxury Leather Goods Country Product / Service Exported To: Peru
Industrial Bolting Technologies, Inc. City: Charleston Product: TorsionX Hydraulic Torque Wrenches Country Product / Service Exported To: United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Indonesia
The Iron Beaver City: Montgomery Product / Service: Home Decor & Metal Art & Signs Country Product / Service Exported To: Australia, Peru
Mason County North American Consulting Services, Inc. City: Point Pleasant Product / Service: Providing Cyber Security and Communication Security Country Product / Service Exported To: United Arab Emirates Emirates
Mercer County Elgin Separation Solutions City: Princeton Product / Service: Vibrating Screens and Manufacturing Services for the Mining and Aggregates Industry Country Product / Service Exported To: New Zealand, South Africa, UK, Canada
Morgan County Caperton Furnitureworks LLC City: Berkeley Springs Product / Service: Wooden Furniture Country Product / Service Exported to: Jamaica, Cyprus, Mozambique, Marshall Islands, Zimbabwe, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Trinidad & Tobago, South Korea, Brunei, Sweden, China
Ohio County Direct Online Marketing City: Wheeling Product / Service: Digital Marketing And Advertising Country Product / Service Exported To: France, India
Legacy Truck Centers, Inc. City: Wheeling Product / Service: Truck Parts Country Product / Service Exported To: Mauritius, Tanzania
CFOAM LLC City: Triadelphia Product / Service: Manufacture of Carbon Foam Country Product / Service Exported to: Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland
Raleigh County Elgin Power Solutions City: Beaver Product / Service: Design and manufacture of electrical products for surface and underground mining including: pit lighting, camera systems, electrical power distribution equipment, and controls for mobile and stationary equipment Country Product / Service Exported to: Canada, Chile , Mexico, Israel
Randolph County Environotics Unlimited City: Elkins Product: Soil Vaccines; Soil changes; Plant growth stimulators; Food supplements for animals; Environmental remediation products; Organic / biodynamic complete systems for plant cultivation; Hydroponic Forage Growing Systems Country Product / Service Exported To: United Arab Emirates, Sweden, United Kingdom, Mexico, Canada
Tyler County Marble King City: Paden City Product: Glass Marbles Country Product / Service Exported To: New Zealand
Marble King, founded in 1949, received its first Governor’s Recognition for Export Sales in 2000. Since then, they have expanded their exports to over 30 countries. This year’s award recognizes export sales to New Zealand.
Beri Fox, President and CEO of Marble King said: “Marble King is known in the world market for offering a high quality product at a competitive price, which has enabled us to expand our international presence. This achievement would not be possible without the pride in the craftsmanship that our employees exhibit every day. “
Marble King makes nearly 1 million marbles daily and is based in Paden City, WV.
Wetzel County Paul Wissmach Glass Co City: Paden City Product / Service: Manufacturer of stained glass and art glass Country product / service Exported to: Chile.
“Paul Wissmach Glass was founded in 1904. Acquired by the Wilburn and Javier family on April 1, 2021. The third family to own and run this family business in its 117-year history. Half of the glass we manufacture is exported. Wissmach has longstanding relationships with numerous international customers. This year’s award recognizes export sales to Chile. “ said Jason Wilburn. Jason and his wife Annabelle recently bought the local shop at the end of Stephen Street in Paden City.