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State officials recognize businesses for export efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice and state officials this week recognized business that grew by exporting goods and services to a new country in 2020.

Twenty-seven businesses received the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award during a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, in which seven businesses received the award for the first time.

“West Virginia has a very diverse economy with several thriving industries and an array of businesses that have taken the next steps to export outside of the United States,” state Department of Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael said. “Every time a West Virginia business expands into a new market, it should be celebrated. It’s an incredible achievement that contributes so much to the state’s economy.”

The businesses exported goods and services to customers in 50 different countries:

— American Muscle Docks & Fabrication in Wellsburg.
— BEK Inc. dba Level 1 Fasteners in Huntington.
— Steel of West Virginia Inc. in Huntington.
— West Virginia Power Systems in Huntington.
— Guyan International in Barboursville.
— J&M Industrial in Millwood.
— OVIS in Millwood.
— Star Plastics in Millwood.
— Valtronics Solutions in Millwood.
— C2M Consulting LLC in Charles Town.
— Growth Media Productions in Shepherdstown.
— Belle Chemical in Belle.
— Elite Etching LLC in Cross Lanes.
— DRK Studios in Saint Albans.
— Morgan Rhea in South Charleston.
— Industrial Bolting Technologies Inc. in Charleston.
— The Iron Beaver in Montgomery.
— North American Consulting Services Inc. in Point Pleasant.
— Elgin Separation Solutions in Princeton.
— Caperton Furnitureworks LLC in Berkeley Springs.
— Direct Online Marketing in Wheeling.
— Legacy Truck Centers Inc. in Wheeling.
— CFOAM LLC in Triadelphia.
— Elgin Power Solutions in Beaver.
— Environotics Unlimited in Elkins.
— Marble King in Paden City.
— Paul Wissmach Glass Co. in Paden City.

The state’s export market was valued at $4.5 billion in 2020.

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