Illinois Exporters are recognized at Governor's Export Award Ceremony in Chicago

Exports are a vital component of the Illinois economy and an important factor for continued economic growth. The State of Illinois takes great pride in its export successes, which is why the Governor’s Export Awards were established to recognize small and medium-sized businesses and organizations that work to promote export awareness for Illinois’ products and services. The Governor’s Export Awards are Illinois’ highest recognition of export achievement.

Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti presented the awards at a packed gathering at the Union League Club of Chicago in early December. “Our state takes great pride in its exports and through this event we recognize businesses and organizations that succeed in international trading and exporting,” said Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti. “Our administration is committed to creating a friendlier business climate, focused on helping businesses grow by reducing bureaucracy and making Illinois more attractive for companies to grow and stay in our great state.”

“Illinois has the best location, the best people, and the best infrastructure of any other state in the nation,” Governor Rauner said. “Our businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of the Illinois economy and this year’s recipients exemplify just that. They are excellent leaders and innovators with a global reach, but their impacts are most felt right here at home.

Illinois is the largest exporting state in the Midwest, and the fifth largest exporting state in the nation. Exports by Illinois companies totaled over $63.4 billion in 2015. The awardees have a combined export revenue in excess of $75 million and employ more than 1,000 people in Illinois.

Sixteen Illinois companies were recognized under the six award categories

New Exporter
Medix IT
Thank God It’s Natural
SS Marine Products, Inc.
Green Innovation and Technology, Inc.

Exporter of the Year
Denbur, Inc.
AJ Antunes & Co.
Koval Distillery

Agricultural Business Exporter
Illinois Soybean Association

Service Exporter
LR International, Inc.
Midwest Aero Support, Inc.
Wi-Tronix, LLC

Export Awareness and Development
Illinois Chamber of Commerce – International Business Council

Export Continuing Excellence
Frigid Fluid Co.
New Medical Technology, Inc.
Lodaat, LLC
W.S. Darley & Co.

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