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THREE SOUTH CAROLINA COMPANIES RECOGNIZED FOR GLOBAL SALES

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Large companies aren’t the only businesses that can compete in international markets; that was the message at an event at the World Trade Center in Charleston on Wednesday.

Three South Carolina businesses earned Export Achievement Certificates from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service to recognize their global success. Each company has ten or fewer employees, and total reported export sales were in excess of $3.4 million.

State Senator Larry Grooms presented the awards to the companies on behalf of the Commercial Service, and also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the World Trade Center-Charleston.

“These small businesses are really punching above their weight, finding sales that could compete with the sales some big multinational corporations would make,” Grooms said. “That has a huge impact on a small business – supporting jobs and spreading word around the world that the ‘Made in South Carolina’ label represents a world-class product.”

“South Carolina companies have a major advantage because of an unparalleled level of cooperation between federal and state government teams and other partners throughout the state,” said Dorette Coetsee, director of the Commercial Service in South Carolina. “We work together to provide funding, training, market research, and other service to make exporting as simple as possible for companies here.”

South Carolina goods exports have increased every year since 2009, hitting a record $30.9 billion in 2015.

The companies that received awards were:

Megawatt Lasers is a Hilton Head-based designer and manufacturer of laser components for medical instruments and certain military applications. The company worked with the Commercial Service and the South Carolina Department of Commerce to exhibit at a trade show in Europe, leading to sales in Germany, Italy, and ultimately expanding sales to India and Israel.

Rogers Brothers Farms is a Hartsville-based grower of peanuts, soybeans, wheat, and other crops. The company focused on the domestic market for more than 40 years before taking export training from World Trade Center-Charleston. After working with other public and private-sector partners, Rogers Brothers has completed a major sale in China and is targeting Mexico next.

Safe Ports is a woman-owned company in Charleston providing support in logistics, environmental intelligence, technology solutions, and training. The company worked with the Commercial Service to learn about and win a bid to provide evaluation and recommendation of container scanning equipment at Costa Rica’s Port of Limon. 

Companies interested in finding global opportunities can contact the Commercial Service at export.gov/southcarolina, the World Trade Center at charlestonchamber.net/wtcc, or the South Carolina Department of Commerce at sccommerce.com.

Our office is committed to assisting South Carolina firms in realizing their export potential. We provide export counseling and advice, information on markets abroad, international partner contacts and advocacy services.

By leveraging our global network of 165 offices in 82 countries around the world as well as a multitude of local and national partners, we connect exporters to buyers. Our in-depth industry and tradecraft counseling coupled with an array of exporting services allows us to specialize in providing customized international business solutions.

We combine these resources of the Commercial Service with the finance expertise of the Small Business Administration and local economic development offices to provide information on all Federal programs designed to support international trade. 




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