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2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting

Jackson, Mississippi — November 2, 2017 — Governor Phil Bryant presented awards to six Mississippi companies at the 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting event held at the Old Capitol Inn. 

“Congratulations to these companies for their achievements in international trade. Their success and the latest round of STEP funding enhance Mississippi’s overall export operations,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

The STEP program allows MDA to provide financial and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized Mississippi companies interested in growing their business through trade. Administered by MDA’s International Trade Office, the funding can be used to assist Mississippi businesses such as those present at this year’s award ceremony.

Receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting in the new to market category are Drax Biomass Inc., and Truckla Services, Inc. Drax Biomass manufactures compressed wood pellets from sustainably managed working forests in Gloster, Mississippi. Vicksburg-based Truckla Services, Inc., is a small disadvantage business enterprise within the construction, IT and transportation industries.

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting in the market expansion category went to DURBIN USA and Taylor Machine Works, Inc. Based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, DURBIN USA is a leading supplier of pharmaceuticals for special access programs, clinical trials and R&D. Louisville-based Taylor Machine Works, Inc. is one of the only privately held manufacturers of industrial lift trucks operating in the United States.

Hardwood lumber companies J.T. Shannon Lumber Company of Horn Lake and Rutland Lumber of Collins received the Governor’s Awards for Achievement in the market expansion category.

Five additional companies were recognized as Export Champions for their success in exporting. These companies included Agape Medical Tourism Center, Downrange Operations and Training, LLC, J. Strickland & Company, Kopis Mobile and Rite-Kem, Inc.

“By beginning to export or increasing export sales, companies are creating career opportunities for Mississippians and people around the world,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr.

The 2017 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting were sponsored by MDA and the Mississippi District Export Council.