Export Achievement Awards

The Export Achievement Award recognizes small- and medium-sized enterprises that have successfully entered the international marketplace.

The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

2014 – W.S. Badger Company, Inc. Gilsum, New Hampshire & Corfin Industries, Salem, New Hampshire

On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Awards to W.S. Badger Company, Inc. and Corfin Industries.

W.S. Badger Company, a family-owned business which manufactures USDA certified organic body care products, is a longtime client of the U.S. Commercial Service New Hampshire office. The firm participated in many national U.S. Commercial Service and local NH programs, selling to countries such as Austria, Australia, France, Russia, Taiwan, and Thailand. In 2011, W.S. Badger moved into a new and larger facility, allowing the company to increase manufacturing capabilities, while also maintaining approximately 56 jobs in the rural western region of New Hampshire.

Corfin Industries provides component preparation solutions that prevent catastrophic failure in mission and life critical systems for the defense, aerospace, medical, and other high reliability industries. The firm participated in a series of collaborative U.S. Commercial Service and State of New Hampshire events which leveraged State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant resources. As a result, Corfin has made sales to multiple markets, and, according to the company, added 22 jobs as a result of rapid international growth which now accounts for more than 10 percent of its revenue.

(Top picture from left to right: Justin Oslowski, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, New Hampshire Export Assistance Center; Stephanie Ritchie, International Business Manager, W.S. Badger; Emily Schwerin-Whyte, Co-owner, W.S. Badger; U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Don Tyler, Director, Corfin Industries; Rick Hajec, CEO, Corfin Industries; Tina Kasim, Program Manager, New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center)

2010 – Dartware, West Lebanon, New Hampshire

On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service's Export Achievement Award to Dartware.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Achievement Award recognizes a company's exceptional export achievement in partnership with the Department's U.S. Commercial Service.

Located in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Dartware LLC manufactures a line of software focusing on network management solutions.  Their premier product, InterMapper, allows network managers to map their networks for easy access to real-time status reports, as well as problem reports.  What started as an efficiency tool for Dartmouth College's computer network has grown commercially to be the networking tool of use for thousands of U.S. and international companies.

As a relatively inexperienced exporting company, Dartware's Director of Sales and Partner Development, John Sutton, contacted the local U.S. Commercial Service office to learn more about the assistance which was available through its export programs, as well as those of the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center (NHITRC).  The result was an export strategy and Mr. Sutton's subsequent participation in several of the U.S. Commercial Service's international matchmaking and business promotion programs around the world. 

As a result of these activities, Dartware has expanded its business to Canada, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Turkey, South Africa, Greece and many other countries.

(Middle picture from left to right: U.S. Commercial Service, Northeast Network Director, James Cox; NHITRC, Global Marketing & Export Compliance Manager, Karen Wyman; U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Dartware, Director of Sales & Partner Development, John Sutton; U.S. Commercial Service, New Hampshire Export Assistance Center, Taylor Little; U.S. Commercial Service, New Hampshire Export Assistance Center Director, Justin Oslowski)

2008 – Warwick Mills, New Ipswich, New Hampshire

On July 14, 2008 United States Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Priest presented an Export Achievement Award to Warwick Mills.

Founded in 1870 and located in a historic mill building in New Ipswich, Warwick Mills is a world leader in puncture and cut-resistant fabrics. Warwick has adapted its development strategy to remain at the forefront of woven flexible composites throughout its history. Warwick's custom engineered products and materials are currently used in applications ranging from military to aerospace to industrial safety.

Warwick holds 14 international patents in high-strength weaving processes. The company produces TurtleSkin protective materials and products for applications requiring advanced levels of puncture and cut protection, as well as durability and performance. The TurtleSkin product line includes gloves for safety and law enforcement, body armor, flame-resistant fabric, snake-resistant clothing, ultra high pressure waterjet gear, and puncture-resistant bike tire liners. Warwick exports its protective products to Mexico, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

(Bottom picture from left to right: President of Warwick Mills, Charles Howland; DAS Matt Priest; John Cronin, Warwick Mills VP International Sales; Marc Jeton, Warwick Mills Director Global Arms Sales)




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