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MITC announces winners of 2014 trade/investment awards

Posted March 31, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Last modified March 31, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine International Trade Center announced the winners of the 2014 International Trade and Investment Awards. The awards will be officially presented during Maine International Trade Day on May 15, at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The Exporter of the Year Award is awarded to a manufacturer that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to international trade through increased exports. The 2014 Exporter of the Year is Hydro International, a global leader in sustainable technologies for stormwater control and wastewater treatment.  With headquarters in the UK, the company also has offices in Portland, Oregon, as well as here in Portland, Maine. With 25 employees, the Maine office focuses on the company’s stormwater control products, both domestically and in Central and South America.

“MITC has provided valuable assistance and advice on many occasions and helped Hydro evaluate market opportunities in several countries including Brazil and Mexico,” Hydro Americas President, Stephen Hides, commented.

As a result of participation in the 2011 State of Maine Trade Mission to Chile & Brazil organized by MITC, the company won their first contract in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2012. To date, an additional 20 sales have been made in Brazil.

Other 2014 International Trade and Investment Award winners are:

Service Provider of the Year – Husson University

The Service Provider of the Year Award is presented to a service provider that has established an international presence for the export of their service. A long-time state leader in international education, Husson University participated in the 2013 State of Maine Trade Mission to Mexico & Colombia, currently enrolls 33 foreign students from 20 different countries, and is an active leader/mentor in MITC’s StudyMaine program.

Innovator of the Year – Cianbro

The Innovator of the Year Award is awarded to a company or organization in Maine that has accessed international markets through new and innovative processes or products. Already a significant domestic construction firm, Pittsfield-based Cianbro recently entered the global market via their Eastern Manufacturing Facility.  Following on the initial success of building and shipping modular components for a refinery in Texas, Cianbro has expanded into export markets – building and shipping electrical control rooms for mining operations in Newfoundland and Labrador.  These projects proved the feasibility of remote construction, allowing Cianbro to pursue similar projects for both American domestic and international partners.

Foreign Direct Investor of the Year – J.D. Irving, Ltd.

The Foreign Direct Investor of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize foreign owned companies that have made a strategic decision to invest in Maine by either opening a plant or enhancing their existing operations here. Last year, J.D. Irving, Ltd., a family-owned company based in the Maritime region of eastern Canada, announced a $30 million investment to upgrade and add equipment to a softwood sawmill in Ashland, Maine, expected to create 50 jobs during the construction phase and 60 full-time jobs once in operation in Spring 2014.  Overall on the forest products side, the company employs nearly 400 people in Maine, and Irving Oil operates over 150 fuel distribution centers and gas stations throughout the state.

Maine International Trade Day is northern New England’s largest annual internationally focused business event, with approximately 300 attendees from Maine, New England, and eastern Canada. The theme for this year’s 34rd annual Trade Day is “The New North.” Featured keynote speakers include the Honorable Gary Doer, Ambassador of Canada to the United States, and the Honorable Innuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary for Greenland, Royal Danish Embassy.

For more information on Maine International Trade Day, visit: www.mitc.com.

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