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Seminar "How to Enter the American Market - Select USA"in Warsaw

From left: Maciej Cybulski, State of Illinois,  Michał Bronowski and Friedericke Sudholt, State of Pennsylvania, Antje Abshoff, State of Georgia,  Emile Boucton, State of Iowa, Richard Price, State of Mississippi, Ford Graham, President of CASE, State pf South Carolina, William Czajkowski, Senior Commercial Officer, FCS

The US Embassy Commercial Service section organized a seminar entitled "How to Enter the American Market - Select USA".  Over 70 participants attended the event, held on September 24, 2013.  As the event was in the end over-subscribed, CS Warsaw arranged for the conference to be simultaneously webcast for additional, interested Polish companies to participate virtually. In total 140 Polish organizations participated in the event.  The Commercial Service Officers were joined by event partners, the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIZ), the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, the Council of American States in Europe, and six American states (Pennsylvania, Illinois, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, and South Carolina).  The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs and Consular sections participated, and welcome remarks were given by the Charge d'affaires. 

The event was held as a fulfillment of the MOU signed at last year’s US-Poland Business Summit between PAIZ and Select USA to promote investment in each other’s countries.  Presentations were made on the US economy, benefits of investing in the US, tax, legal and visa matters and how the Polish and US governments can assist business.  In addition, information on the Select USA Summit to be held in DC on October 31, and Nov 1 was given. 

Commercial Attache participates in factory tour of UTC Wrocław

Warsaw Poland Commercial Attache participates in factory tour of UTC Wrocław: On February 22 Commercial Attache, Brenda VanHorn, visited and toured the newly renovated and opened UTC Wrocław plant on a joint meeting with Undersecretary of State, Ms. Illona Antoniszyn-Klik from the Ministry of Economy.  UTC manufactures fuel control system for aircraft engines, as well as hydraulic systems and other aircraft parts at this facility.

Center for Disease Control in Warsaw

On January 24, CS Warsaw organized an event for the Center for Disease Control based in San Antonio, Texas. The Center for Disease Detection (CDD) is a clinical laboratory that specializes in cancer diagnostics and detection of communicable diseases. CDD’s core business is centered on implementation of automated high-volume, integrated diagnostic solutions.

Meetings were arranged between Company representatives and the Ministry of Health, the National Health Fund, and the National Institute of Public Health as well as a variety of non-public health organizations for a knowledge exchange on cervical cancer screening activities in Poland.

The CDD has developed an early diagnosis and treatment initiative in this area and has been reaching out to the appropriate organizations in Poland with regard to developing low-cost diagnostic solutions that demonstrate efficacy in reducing overall disease morbidity and mortality.

The January 24 meeting included the CDD presentation and live discussion with participants. CS Warsaw’s extensive outreach campaign paid off with a group of 20 factual invitees attending the event. The CDD officials were pleased with the program and evaluated the event as a constructive introduction to the Polish cervical cancer screening organizations.

40TH Anniversary

From left: William Czajkowski-FCS, Robert Day, Robert J. Donovan-FCS

This year CS office is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In fall of 1972 the office was officially opened by Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson. U.S. Trade Development and Technical Information Office was then the official name of our bureau. Over the 40-year period a lot has changed including the name of the agency to finally be called the Commercial Service office, or – the Commercial Counselor’s Office.

In summer of 2012 the CS Warsaw was glad to briefly host Mr. and Mrs. Robert Day, who in 1972 was the first Director of the Office.

From left: Robert J. Donovan-FCS, Zofia Sobiepanek-FCS, Dominika Nowak-FCS, Barbara Grabowska-FCS, Robert Day-first Director of the Warsaw FCS Office, Mrs. Day, Maria Kowalska-FCS. Second row: William Czajkowski-FCS

Poland and GE, a Partnership Celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Next 20 Years: Joint Innovation

Brenda VanHorn –Commercial Attaché, Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Lesław Kuzaj- GE CEO in Poland

On October 2, 2012, Commercial Counselor Bill Czajkowski and Commercial Attaché Brenda VanHorn, together with Ambassador Lee Feinstein, attended the GE 20th anniversary in Poland celebration held at the Copernicus Science Center.  The event, entitled “Poland and GE, a partnership celebrating its 20th anniversary. Next 20 years: Joint innovation” featured all of GE’s business sectors and was attended by over 300 guests including Polish and American Government representatives and leaders from GE’s Europe division.   

Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Meeting Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Beata Stelmach

From right: Secretary Blank, Ambassador Feinstein, Assistant Secretary Camunez Meeting Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Beata Stelmach (photo: courtesy of MFA)

On June 20 Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank, Ambassador Feinstein, and commercial Officer RJ Donovan met with Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Beata Stelmach.  Occurring on the same day as the U.S.-Poland Business Summit, the meeting focused on the current state of U.S.-Polish commercial relations and the potential to broaden and deepen bilateral economic cooperation.  Department of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez and Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance Michael Camunez also joined the talks.  According to a statement issued by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Deputy Minister Stelmach emphasized the potential of the Polish market and… also underscored the full support of the Polish authorities aimed at ensuring the right conditions for the development of the shale gas sector in Poland, and for closer cooperation in other sectors of the economy, especially in the field of energy.”

Acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank’s Breakfast with American Chamber of Commerce

FCS Team with Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank

On June 21 U.S. Ambassador Feinstein hosted a breakfast in honor of the U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank’s visit to Poland. Held at the Ambassador’s residence the event’s guests included the American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Polish Business Council company member representatives. Approximately 150 guests attended. At the opening of the breakfast, Ambassador Feinstein gave brief remarks and then Secretary Blank spoke about current status of U.S. economy and U.S.-Poland trade relations. The Secretary also answered questions that came from the audience

Zippo Media Event in Warsaw

On April 24, 2012, Commercial Attaché Brenda VanHorn, together with CS Ewa Bogdanowicz participated in the Zippo Manufacturing Company Media Event in Warsaw. The press event, organized with the assistance of CS Warsaw, took place in the Sketch Restaurant. Over 50 guests including business, consumer and trade media sector and representatives of Batek Company, Zippo’s distributor in Poland attended the event.

Commercial Attaché Brenda VanHorn opened the event, welcomed all participants, introduced FCS and its worldwide services and introduced Zippo Company. CA Brenda VanHorn highlighted this year celebration of Zippo brand 80th anniversary and approaching production of its 500 millionth Windproof Lighter. CA Brenda VanHorn congratulated Zippo Manufacturing Company on being selected this year for the President’s “E Star” Award for Exports, the highest award given by the US Government to American business for excellence in exporting. Then she introduced David Warfel, Zippo Global Marketing Director who gave a very informative power point presentation followed by Q&A session and interviews with selected, high quality media interviews.

The Zippo Manufacturing Company’s products are sold in 160 countries worldwide. Zippo is one of the most highly recognized and respected global brands. The iconic Zippo Windproof Lighter has been manufactured in Bradford, Pennsylvania since 1932. Currently Zippo is diversifying its product offer with new outdoor and lifestyle products. In 2011 the company’s turnover reached USD 140 million, a 21% increase over 2010. The company produces 10 million lighters annually and employs over 1500 people. In 1995, Zippo established distribution in Poland. In the last 6 years, the company’s profits here have increased fivefold. Zippo considers Poland to be one of the fastest growing markets for Zippo’s products in Europe.

From left: Brenda VanHorn, Commercial Attaché, CS Warsaw; David B. Warfel, Global Marketing Director, Zippo Manufacturing Company; Ewa Bogdanowicz, Commercial Specialist, CS Warsaw; James McAlley, Business Development Manager Europe, Zippo Manufacturing Company

Brenda VanHorn, Commercial Attaché, CS Warsaw

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael C. Camunez visits Warsaw

On April 27 Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael C. Camunez visited Warsaw and met with Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economy, Beata Stelmach, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Adam Jasser, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisor.  During his busy one day visit Mr. Camunez also found time to meet with the U.S. Commercial Service team.

5th Anniversary of the PZL Mielec Privatization and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Engagement in Poland

On March 26, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee A. Feinstein hosted the reception at his residence in honor of the 5th anniversary of the PZL Mielec privatization and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s engagement in Poland.

Over 120 guests including leading Polish military and defense-aerospace sector business officials attended the gala event.

From left: Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Robert Kokorda - Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Janusz Zakręcki - Chairman and CEO of PZL Mielec/Sikorsky Poland, and Andrzej Szortyka - Chairman of the Board, Agency for Industrial Development.

From left: LT Gen Zbigniew Głowienka - Commander, Land Forces Command, LT Gen Lech Majewski - Air Force Commander, Air Force Command, and COL (ret.) Stanley J. Prusinski Director, Sikorsky Europe, United Technologies International Operations.

The Ambassador’s remarks, followed by a short video highlighting Sikorsky’s five years in Poland, illustrated an important chapter in the history of Polish aviation and the American-Polish bilateral commercial relationship, benefitting both the U.S. and Poland. The Ambassador was joined by senior Sikorsky and Mielec officials including Mr. Robert Kokorda - Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Mr. Janusz Zakręcki - Chairman and CEO of PZL Mielec/Sikorsky Poland, and Mr. Andrzej Szortyka - Chairman of the Agency for Industrial Development.

Sikorsky, a global leader in military and civilian helicopters, is known for its Black Hawk helicopter, flown by the U.S. military and in 30 other countries around the world. Sikorsky, a member of UTC Group of companies, is an important and committed investor and employer in Poland. Across Poland, from Rzeszow, to Mielec, to Wroclaw, to Kalisz and Gdansk - UTC’s family of firms – including Sikorsky - has made a long-lasting impact on the U.S.-Poland bilateral economic relationship.

Ambassador Feinstein congratulated the management, employees, and unions of PZL Mielec for their dedication and success and applauded the leadership of Sikorsky for their vision.

Mobile Alabama Trade Mission to Warsaw

From left: Brenda VanHorn, Commercial Attache; Johnny Johnson, Process Equipment; Meridith McKinney, Alabama Development Office; Robert Munisteri, The Dixie Group; Daniel Tallman, Centiva; Robert J. Donovan, Commercial Counselor

On March 26 and 27th, U.S. Commercial Service Warsaw hosted a Mission of American companies seeking local partners in Poland. The Mission was organized by the Mobile Alabama Chamber of Commerce and the Commercial Service’s Birmingham Export Assistance Center. Participants included five companies representing various industry sectors – from consumer products, to Ethernet switches.  The business representatives were accompanied by Mobile Alabama Chamber officials.  These potentially “new-to-market” executives were briefed by the U.S. Embassy’s Commercial Counselor Robert J. Donovan, Commercial Attache Brenda VanHorn and John P. Schutte, Deputy Political-Economic Counselor on how to do business in Poland.  Over two days, the Commercial Service arranged for each firm to meet with as many as 10 potential Polish business partners.

Oshkosh Corporation sells ARFF Trucks to Lublin Airport

Fot. Oshkosh Corp.

On January 24, 2012 Joanna Chomicka of the U.S. Commercial Service Warsaw attended a contract signing ceremony between Lublin Airport and a U.S. company Oshkosh Corporation for a purchase of two specialized airport firefighting trucks (ARFF).  Oshkosh Corporation of Oshkosh, WI, is a leading manufacturer of ARFF as well as defense, construction and commercial /municipal vehicles.

The contract was signed by Ms. Joanna Kiczyńska, Proxy and Chief Financial Officer of Lublin Airport and Mr. Mark Pulfer, Director, International Business Development of Oshkosh.

Lublin Airport decided to buy two ARFFs, of a New Global Striker family, developed specifically for the European market and will be the first vehicles of that type to be delivered to the continental Europe.  The value of the investment is almost 5 million PLN (approx. 1.7 million USD).  Oshkosh Corporation will deliver the trucks later in 2012.  Lublin Airport is a new regional airport in Poland, currently under construction.  The airport is expected to be operational in October 2012.

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Fot. Mikołaj Majda, Lublin Airport

1.  From left to right: Mark Pulfer, Director of Oshkosh Corporation; Joanna Chomicka, CS Warsaw, Commercial Specialist; Maciej Górski, Navimor Oxer

2. From left to right: Maciej Górski, Navimor Oxer; Jakub Górski, Navimor Oxer; P. Joanna Kiczyńska, Lublin Airport, Proxy and Chief Financial Officer; Mark Pulfer, Director of Oshkosh Corporation

AmCham Monthly Meeting

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From left to right: Joseph Wancer, AmCham President; Lee Feinstein American Ambassador; Senator Mark Kirk; Congressman Mike Quigley

On January 11th, 2012 American Ambassador Lee Feinstein, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois and Congressman Mike Quigley representing the 5th district of Illinois were the speakers at the American Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting. The discussion included political and economic outlook for 2012, the transatlantic relationship and security issues impacting Poland.

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Photos from left to right:

1. Piotr Jucha, McDonald’s; Christian Henkemeier, InterContinental Warsaw; Robert Donovan, Foreign Commercial Service, American Embassy

2. Dorota Dąbrowski, AmCham; Judith Y. Gliniecki, Wierzbowski Eversheds

3. Joseph Wancer, AmCham; Senator Mark Kirk; Congressman Mike Quigley;

Ambassador Lee Feinstein

4. Senator Mark Kirk; Brenda VanHorn, Foreign Commercial Service, American Embassy