ST. PAUL – Nine Minnesota companies that have built successful global markets have been named winners of the 2013 Governor’s International Trade Awards during an award ceremony at the State Capitol. The companies were selected for developing and continuing to grow a significant part of their business in foreign markets, for increasing or maintaining jobs in Minnesota to support international sales, and for developing novel approaches for competing globally.
“International trade supports of thousands of Minnesota jobs and communities across our state. I want to congratulate all of these fine Minnesota companies on their international growth and continued commitment to our state,” said Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon. “The entrepreneurial spirit of these businesses will help Minnesota’s economy build on the more than 133,000 jobs created since 2011.”
Among the winners this year was MGS Machine Corp. of Maple Grove, MN. MGS designs and builds automated packaging equipment and has produced over 14,000 units and shipped to 27 countries since 1979.
“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of these Minnesota exporters and the positive economic impact that exporting companies, both large and small, are making in communities throughout the state,” said Kathleen Motzenbecker, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office. “We applaud them for their global vision, hard work and creativity in tackling new international markets.” More on the Minnesota Trade Office The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) is focused on increasing state export sales in foreign markets and attracting foreign direct investment to Minnesota. The MTO promotes international trade by providing export information, export education and training, and one-on-one counseling to Minnesota companies that wish to sell manufactured goods and services in the international marketplace.