Deadline to Nominate for Arkansas Export Awards is April 30

by Mark Carter  on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 9:46 am  

Riceland CEO Danny Kennedy (right) visits with Arkansas District Export Council member Len Frey before accepting an award at the 2012 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Global Trade. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

The Arkansas District Export Council is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Arkansas Governor's Awards for Excellence in Global Trade.

The deadline to submit nominations for the export awards is April 30 at 12 noon. Nominations can be submitted at

The awards honor Arkansas businesses that excel in the international marketplace, and will be presented by Gov. Mike Beebe at a Governor's Mansion luncheon on May 22. All Arkansas companies that sell in international markets are eligible to be nominated. Nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee made up of Arkansas District Export Council members.

Last year's winners were Welspun Tubular of Little Rock, Alliance Rubber of Hot Springs, Tyson Foods of Springdale and Conway Machine.

Event chairman and ArDEC vice chair Greg Matheny said the goals of the global trade awards are to promote global trade, recognize Arkansas businesses and highlight the importance of international trade on the state's economy. Matheny is senior international account manager for FedEx's Central Rivers Region.

"The Governor's Awards banquet is our flagship event to recognize companies that have taken steps to increase employment and their profitability by taking their products to international markets," he said. "If your company has taken the time and effort to do business internationally, we want to share in your success stories."

According to Census Bureau data, Arkansas' 2012 exports totaled $7.6 billion, a 36 percent increase from 2011. The state's largest international trade partners in 2011 were Canada ($1.7 billion), Mexico ($845 million), China ($720 million) and France ($365 million).

ArDEC chairman William Burgess of Power Technology in Alexander noted that more than 95 percent of the world's customers are located outside of the U.S., and that more than 14 percent of Arkansas manufacturing workers depend on exports for their jobs.

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