Bentley honors Alabama's top exporters

Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday presented the Governor's Trade Excellence Awards to eight Alabama companies that are excelling in international trade, including four Birmingham companies.

In February, Governor Bentley announced that Alabama exports closed out calendar year 2012 at a record-breaking total of $19.5 billion in the value of goods exported. The 2012 figure showed an increase of 9.36 percent from the 2011 total. Alabama moved to 22nd in the nation for total dollar exports "The success of these companies shows how Alabama products are reaching a global marketplace," Governor Bentley said. "These companies are taking advantage of the tools available to them to serve customers all over the world.

The four Birmingham exporters are: Atlas RFID Solutions, which develops and implements RFID-based systems throughout the global marketplace. Induron Coatings, LLC, which specializes in coatings for the water, wastewater, electrical transmission and distribution and other specialized, industrial markets. Motion Industries, which distributes industrial replacement parts and supplies to customers worldwide. The VON Corporation which specializes in underground cable fault locating and high-voltage testing.

The Governor's Trade Excellence Awards Program was established in 2005 to recognize Alabama manufacturers and service companies for excelling in international trade. The objectives of this program include identifying Alabama's successful exporters, promoting exporters as role models to the Alabama business community and increasing awareness of the impact of exporting on Alabama's economy.