Mississippi Development Authority Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting

Jackson, Mississippi — September 24, 2018 — The Mississippi Development Authority is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting. The awards will be presented by Governor Phil Bryant on December 7 during a ceremony at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting recognize Mississippi companies for their noteworthy success in maintaining or increasing export sales. The winners are selected by a committee from the Mississippi District Export Council.

Every day Mississippi companies bring value to people around the world by exporting goods and services to global markets. Their excellent work is growing the economy in communities throughout our state, creating career opportunities for Mississippians,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough. “The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting are a way to honor these companies as they demonstrate ‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality worldwide.”

In 2017, Drax Biomass of Gloster, Durbin USA of Ocean Springs and Taylor Machine Works of Louisville were recipients of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting. Additional companies honored for export success were Truckla Services, Vicksburg; J.T. Shannon Lumber Company, Horn Lake; and Rutland Lumber, Collins.

Mississippi-based manufacturers, agribusinesses, service companies or suppliers engaged in exporting products are services are eligible to apply. Applicants must demonstrate one or more of the following: breakthroughs in existing competitive markets, introduction of a new product into export trade, opening a trade area previously closed or successfully overcoming threads to existing export activity. Unique and successful solutions to problems regarding export trade, such as financing, transportation, marketing or successful promotional programs, should also be demonstrated.

For more information, please contact Vickie Watters Martin with MDA’s International Trade Office at vwatters@mississippi.org or (601) 359-2070 or Gabriel Prado at gprado@mississippi.org or (601) 359-9406. To download an application for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting, please visit https://bit.ly/2NSsZqG.  Applications must be received no later than Friday, Sept. 28. 

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