Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel honored Airstream Inc. as one of the 20 businesses and organizations to win the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award.
“We know that our overseas markets are one of the best ways to grow our business here in Ohio, and we’re proud to be recognized for our contribution to the state’s economic growth,” Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream, said in a news release.
Since 1986, the awards have been given to companies and organizations of all sizes that have shown superior performance in exporting or heightened awareness of exporting as a vital component of Ohio’s economy. Organizations such as those recognized at the recent Ohio Global Summit luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, have helped make Ohio the seventh largest exporting state in the country.
“We make things in Ohio and we believe the things we make can compete with goods made anywhere else,” Strickland said. “So we celebrate and support the Ohio businesses that produce the things and provide the services that the world needs. We are committed to creating more jobs at home by investing in growing industries and developing strong partnerships to further expand Ohio’s global economic presence. I want to congratulate our businesses, organizations and universities for strengthening Ohio’s economy through exporting.”
In 2009, Ohio companies exported more than $34.08 billion in goods to 213 countries and territories. Ohio’s exporting creates jobs and fosters economic development. According to the International Trade Administration, 25.9% of all manufacturing workers in Ohio depend on exports for their jobs.
“Ohio’s impressive performance in the global marketplace continues to generate job creation and attraction opportunities for our state,” Patt-McDaniel said. “Our skilled workforce, unparalleled location, logistics capabilities, and competitive business environment make Ohio an ideal location for business investment and export opportunity.”