The management team at CMI traveled to the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock, AR today to accept the Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade presented by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. Vice President of Sales Rachael Cox accepted the award and gave a short acceptance speech in which she thanked the Governor along with several State and Federal agencies including the Arkansas World Trade Center, the Small Business Administration, Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions and the U.S. Commercial Service for their work in assisting Conway's growth in exports.
When faced with tough economic times during the Great Recession, Conway Machine doubled down and invested in their sales and marketing efforts, especially internationally. Over the past few years, Conway Machine created new marketing materials in several different languages, increased its international web presence and exhibited at the largest trade show in the Print/Packaging Industry, DRUPA, held in Dusseldorf, Germany every four years.
The hard work paid off! Conway Machine has grown its international sales by 19%, with 2012 being the best sales year in over a decade.
This week, Conway Machine, Inc. employee Ritchie Nelson celebrated 10 years of service and hard work. Management surprised him and the other employees with a BBQ luncheon catered by Whole Hog.
Company President Tony Davis presented Ritchie with a watch to show Conway's appreciation of all his hard work. Ritchie is one of the top machinists at Conway, and we are proud to have him!
President Tony Davis presents Ritchie Nelson with a watch in appreciation of 10 years of service to CMI.
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The U.S. Department of Commerce has released new data showing the impact of exporting on our national economy, with Arkansas as one of only 11 states to achieve double-digit export growth last year from 2011. In reality, Arkansas did much more than double its exports — the state experienced a 36 percent increase in overall export growth, and increased exports to France by 117 percent, making it one of the best-performing states.
Not only is this a remarkable moment in time for the state of Arkansas, but for the job-creating businesses and the workers who made it possible.
This latest export data proves that significant and serious business opportunities exist beyond our borders; in fact, 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States. For many Arkansas companies, international marketing has become a critical element to business sustainability and growth. In 2012 alone, nearly $7.6 billion in merchandise was exported from Arkansas, equating to the preservation and creation of thousands of jobs in industries including transportation, chemical production and manufacturing.
Arkansas is part of a positive trend of states fueling our nation’s economic growth and reinforcing America’s position as a magnet for quality jobs: According to the latest data, U.S. jobs supported by exports increased to 9.8 million in 2012.
Exporting success stories are happening across the state. Take Fayetteville-based BlueInGreen, whose patented gas dissolution technology allows engineers to improve reservoir water quality. Early last year, BlueInGreen saw an opportunity to take its product global, and today, the company has a representative in Brazil to support marketing its company. The company is pursuing a pilot project in the Sao Paolo water district to demonstrate the efficacy of its products.
Similarly, Little Rock’s Conway Machine, a woman-owned manufacturer of aftermarket parts for the folding carton industry, has taken advantage of opportunities to expand its business beyond our borders and is already experiencing early benefits of doing so.
Stories like these tell us that exports are making a difference in Arkansas’ economic recovery.
The once-familiar refrain that America “imports everything and exports nothing” has now given way to these success stories and many more. And the trend is one that will continue due to the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s businesses and workers. But it’s clear that there are far more opportunities than what Arkansas businesses have experienced thus far.
It all starts with businesses and government working together to take advantage of a unique window of opportunity. Since 2010, the International Trade Administration has helped more than 16,000 U.S companies achieve a verified export sale for a total of $164 billion in exports supported. This level of support is only expected to grow during the coming years, as President Obama referenced in his most recent State of the Union, and there are more resources available to local businesses than ever to explore the potential of exports. For example, the Arkansas Export Assistance Center is providing local businesses with trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking and commercial diplomacy to connect with lucrative business opportunities.
Rapidly emerging markets across the globe are creating unprecedented demand for the kind of state-of-the-art products being developed here in Arkansas. More than 1,600 Arkansas businesses are already seeing that first hand.
As we applaud this latest achievement of Arkansas’ economic recovery, we must also commit to ensuring that its momentum continues. Continuing the creation of opportunities and support for U.S. companies to export their goods and services makes good economic sense — and American workers deserve nothing less.
Last month, Nicky Havens celebrated 30 years of working at Conway Machine, Inc. We greatly appreciate all of his hard work through the years and look forward to many more to come!
Here's a write-up in the local newspaper: http://thecabin.net/news/business/2012-12-01/nicky-havens-recognized-30-years-service#.UMeRKoNTySo
We grilled hamburgers, and employees brought side dishes. Everyone's favorite is Nicky's wife's potato salad. It goes fast, and there is never any leftover for the night shift!
We also held our monthly drawing for the scratch-off tickets and cash prize. We were happy to announce that Brett was the winner! Unfortunately he didn't hit the jackpot on the scratch-offs. Maybe next time!
Drupa is the largest printing equipment exhibition in the world held every four years in Dusseldorf, Germany and where new printing technology emerges.
In May, Conway Machine traveled to Germany for Drupa 2012. We have been in the past with great expectations that are met every time we attend. The first thing you notice is the sheer size of the messe (fairgrounds) with 20 buildings boasting every kind of related printing equipment on earth and hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world in attendance.