DEED: 6 Minnesota companies honored for export activity
5 other firms recognized for attracting foreign direct investment to Minnesota
The Minnesota Trade Office May 11 awarded the 2016 Governor’s International Trade Award to six Minnesota companies that have been successful exporters.
The companies were honored during the World Trade Month luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. They were selected for developing and growing a significant part of their business from exports, for increasing or maintaining jobs in Minnesota to support international sales, and for developing novel approaches for competing globally.
The 2016 winners are Digital Content LLC of Edina, Crown Iron Works Co. of Roseville, DCM Tech Inc. of Winona, Great Plains Processing of Luverne, Ralco Nutrition Inc. of Marshall and Top Tool Co. of Blaine.
Additionally, the Trade Office named five other companies winners of the Governor’s Foreign Direct Investment Award, which recognizes significant investment in Minnesota by foreign-based companies.
“These Minnesota companies illustrate how exporting or attracting foreign direct investment can help businesses compete globally,” said Commissioner Shawntera Hardy of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “I congratulate them for their global achievements and thank each of them for being models that can inspire other Minnesota businesses to pursue international trade.”
International trade is a key part of the Minnesota economy, with Minnesota companies generating more than $19 billion in sales from exports of agricultural, mining and manufactured products last year. Minnesota businesses exported 1,044 different products to 207 countries in 2016. Exports support almost 120,000 jobs in Minnesota.
The 2016 Governor’s International Trade Award winners:
Digital Content LLC, Edina www.bigjohngames.com
Crown Iron Works Co., Roseville www.crowniron.com
DCM Tech Inc., Winona www.dcm-tech.com
Great Plains Processing, Luverne www.gpp-co.com
Ralco Nutrition Inc., Marshall www.ralcoagriculture.com
Top Tool Co., Blaine www.toptool.com
The following companies were named winners of the Governor’s Foreign Direct Investment Award: Cirrus Aircraft Corp. of Duluth (Zhuhai, Guangdong, China), Global Kinetics Corp. of Minnetonka (Melbourne, Australia), La Costeña/Faribault Foods in Faribault (Ecatepec, State of Mexico, Mexico), Moventas in Chanhassen (Jyväskylä, Finland), and Sappi Fine Paper North America in Cloquet (Johannesburg, South Africa). All five businesses are owned by foreign parent companies.
HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis was also recognized, receiving a Governor’s Certificate of Commendation for collaborating with the Minnesota Trade Office on many activities. HGA has hosted many diplomatic events over the years, including a gathering with U.S. ambassadors from Asia and an event with more than 70 leaders from Latin America and South America, both in 2015.