Wisconsin companies recognized for success for export excellence

Prolitec, Johnsonville Sausage and Power Test presented Governor’s Export Achievement Award

NOTE: Go to end of story to watch video of each company.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. May 7, 2013 – Three Wisconsin companies were recognized today with the Governor’s Export Achievement Award to highlight their growth in global business development.

Prolitec in Milwaukee, Johnsonville Sausage in Sheboygan Falls and Power Test in Sussex were presented the Export Achievement Award at the 49th annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference in Milwaukee.

“These three Wisconsin-based companies have achieved extraordinary results in international markets, maintaining a commitment to Wisconsin’s economic and job growth opportunities,” Governor Walker said. “All three companies have contributed to Wisconsin’s success in expanding our global business footprint.”

The Governor’s Export Achievement Awards highlight businesses that have achieved significant growth or implemented innovative strategies. The award is promoted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.



About Prolitec
Prolitec produces computer-controlled scent delivery systems to enhance indoor air quality by creating attractive interior atmospheres or extend brand identity and eliminate odors. Clients served include retail stores, shopping malls, hotels, spas, fitness centers, casinos, assisted living communities, hospitals, clinics, theatres, airports, cruise ships, commercial buildings and offices, parking garages, and compaction centers. The company serves over 40,000 installed locations in 73 countries.

The firm began its push into international markets in late 2008, starting in Canada, select European countries, and Japan. By the end of 2010, international exports had grown to be about 20% of the firm’s overall business. In 2011 exports doubled and they increased a further 60% in 2012. Prolitec credits the ExporTech program of WMEP and WEDC with helping craft sales plans that anticipated exports accounting for roughly 65% of total company sales by the end of 2013.

About Johnsonville Sausage
Johnsonville Sausage started as a butcher shop opened by Ralph F. and Alice Stayer in 1954. Today, Johnsonville is the most popular brand of sausage in the United States and is available in 30 additional countries. The company employs approximately 1,400 people worldwide (920 in Wisconsin).

Johnsonville’s global expansion began in the 1990’s at the request of a customer who grew up in Kenosha but wanted to enjoy Johnsonville Sausage while living in Hong Kong. Johnsonville’s sausage is now exported to more than 30 countries including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and other Asian markets. Export sales have increased 87% since 2009, with double-digit growth in each of the past three years – 20% of Johnsonville’s total sales growth during this period was due to export sales.

About Power Test
For 37 years, Power Test Inc. has designed, manufactured, and marketed dynamometers, heavy equipment testing systems, and related data acquisition and control systems to manufacturers, rebuilding facilities and distributors in the mining, power generation, marine, trucking, construction and military sectors. These products are used to test vehicle engines, transmissions, hydraulic pumps, motors, cylinders and valves; calculate power output; and diagnose problems.

Infrastructure expansion such as new highways, railroads, airports, and water systems as well as mining and power generation projects are increasing demand for Power Test products around the world. The company’s products have been shipped to nearly 100 countries. Over the past three years Power Test total sales increased by 107% while export sales increased 146%. Export sales now make up 43% of the company’s revenue. Power Test Inc. is highly committed to using Wisconsin companies as primary vendors for the company. Approximately two thirds of all component parts of the Power Test Inc. products come from Wisconsin manufacturers and distributors.

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About Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

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