Governor Names Edgetech Named "Exporter of the Year"
Ohio Governor Bob Taft recognized 29 Ohio companies and organizations
with the Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award ("E" Award) and
presented Edgetech I.G. Inc. of Cambridge (Guernsey County), with
the 2006 Exporter of the Year Award at an awards ceremony today
"To succeed in today's global economy, Ohio businesses must look
beyond our nation's borders and explore opportunities in foreign
markets," Taft said. "These companies are growing and creating jobs
here in Ohio as a result of aggressively selling their products
throughout the world."
Established in 1985, the "E" Award recognizes Ohio companies that
have increased sales volume through exports, increased Ohio-based
employment as a direct result of export activity, or developed and
implemented a strategy to expand their international sales. Since
1991, more than 300 companies have received the award. Each year
since 1994, an Ohio company has been selected as "Exporter of the
Year," based on its outstanding growth in the international marketplace
and exemplification of the state's commitment to international trade.
Taft honored Edgetech president Michael B. Hovan and the company
for its outstanding export sales, history of exporting and commitment
to the Ohio exporting market. "As a result of our 10 foreign trade
offices and our finely organized missions abroad, the Ohio Department
of Development remains an excellent resource for Ohio companies
wanting to compete in the global marketplace," said Lieutenant Governor
Bruce Johnson, who also serves as state development director.
Ohio is the seventh largest exporting state, and during the past
five years, Ohio's exports have grown nearly 20 percent faster than
U.S. exports overall. In 2005, Ohio companies exported $34.8 billion
in goods, an increase of 11.5 percent over 2004. According to Global
Trade Information Services' report, Ohio remains the only state
in which exports have increased each year since 1998, and have grown
faster than that of the U.S. in four of the last five years.