Governor Scott Walker and Katy Sinnott of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation presented the Governor’s Export Achievement Award to three companies in Milwaukee today in recognition of their success in global business development.
The 2015 award winners are:
- Chippewa Valley Bean Co. Inc., of Menomonie
- Gamber-Johnson LLC, of Stevens Point
- PreventionGenetics, of Marshfield
Chippewa Valley Bean was founded in 1973, built from a family farm that had worked the same land since 1858. The family-owned and operated company specializes in the growing, processing and delivery of high-quality kidney beans for canning. The company is the largest exporter of dark red kidney beans in the U.S. and has the largest kidney bean processing facility in North America. In addition to its export expansion, the company is being honored for the leadership of its president, Cindy Brown. Brown, who is the North American regional vice president of the Global Pulse Confederation (the global pea, bean and lentil trade organization), and helped to secure 2016 as the United Nations International Year of the Pulse.
Established in 1954 as a manufacturer of stereo cabinets, Gamber-Johnson is a leading manufacturer of docking stations and mounting solutions for the public safety, law enforcement, military, telecommunications and transportation markets. The company has set the standard for rugged docking and mounting solutions in today’s mobile environment. Until 2011, Gamber-Johnson’s sales were limited almost entirely to the U.S. and Canada. In the last four years, exports have risen to nearly 15 percent of the company’s total sales, and fully one-quarter of the company’s docks are now exported to locations outside of North America.
PreventionGenetics, which was founded in 2004, produces clinical DNA tests for genetic germline (inherited) disorders. The company has the largest comprehensive menu of germline genetic testing of any company in North America. To date, the company’s tests have been used in more than 70 countries around the globe. Since 2013, its international sales have grown by nearly 53 percent, and last year made up 26 percent of the company’s total revenue.
The awards, which were presented at the 51st annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference in Milwaukee, honor businesses that have achieved significant growth or implemented innovative strategies in exporting. Nominees were evaluated on measurable export growth, innovation and contributions to the state’s overall economy and trade development.