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Gov. Manchin Honors West Virginian Export Businesses
Fairmont, WV October 29, 2008—Gov. Joe Manchin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce to commend 42 West Virginia companies...

Gov. Joe Manchin joined the West Virginia Export Council and the U.S. Department of Commerce to commend 42 West Virginia companies that export their products to more than 50 countries across the globe.


“Our exporters are a source of pride for West Virginians,” said Gov. Manchin said. “For the first half of 2008, West Virginia’s exports have grown 43 percent, outpacing the national rate of 18 percent. We are on track to surpass $5 billion in exports this year. I thank our exporting companies for their efforts and congratulate them on their success in proving West Virginia can compete in the global marketplace.”


In 2007, West Virginia companies exports amounted to almost $4 billion in plastics, chemicals, coal, automotive components, machinery and other industrial consumer goods. This was an increase of nearly 23 percent over 2006. Exporting companies contribute about 12,000 jobs to the state’s economy, according to the United States Department of Commerce.


Manchin presented company officials the Governor's Commendation for International Market Entry, an award plaque that, in the tradition of displaying the first dollar a business earns, instead includes currency from each of the countries to which the companies export.


This recognition is extended to companies that enter a new international market. Companies that today received the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry and the new markets entered include:

  • Backbone Security of Fairmont, WV
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • Turkey
  • Canada
  • Italy
  • France