The Business View – June 2015 / News You Can Use II

Two Local Companies Receive Trade Awards


Gov. Robert Bentley presented the Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards to eight Alabama

companies that are excelling in international trade. Accepting the Governor’s Trade Excellence

Award is Keith Jones and Todd Hassel of Prism Systems Inc.


Accepting the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award from Gov. Robert

Bentley is John Stimpson, president and owner of Gulf Trading LLC.


Mobile-based companies Gulf Trading LLC and Prism Systems Inc. were among those honored recently by Gov. Robert Bentley with the Trade Excellence Award. The Mobile Area Chamber nominated the companies based on international trade activity and participation.


Gulf Trading LLC became its own entity in 2000, evolving out of Gulf Lumber Co., which dates back to 1940. The company has eight employees and ships softwood lumber, North American hardwood lumber, Southern yellow pine and more to export markets including the Caribbean Islands, China, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica.


Prism Systems is a 26-year-old engineering services company, specializing in software and process control services. Its global Fortune 500 customers represent a variety of industry including manufacturing, chemicals, food and beverage, oil and gas, telecommunications and entertainment. Prism Systems has 48 employees with 10 percent of its workforce currently located in Shanghai on a long-term assignment. Additional export markets include Mexico, Thailand, Japan, France, Italy, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and Tajikistan.


“We hope this recognition helps other companies explore international markets as a viable way to grow their business,” said Christina Stimpson, director of the Chamber’s international trade program.


“Many businesses could benefit from learning about international business opportunities and what resources are available to help,” adds Stimpson. The International Trade Administration reports that less than 1 percent of America’s 30 million companies export – a percentage significantly lower than all other developed countries.


To address this, the Chamber, along with the Export Alabama Alliance and the Alabama District Export Council, will present the International Trade Leadership Series, an in-depth certification program to advance international business skills for Alabama companies beginning June 19 (See pg. 31 for details).


Other recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards are: Applied Chemical Technology Inc., Florence; Drummond Co. Inc., Vestavia; Knox Kershaw Inc., Montgomery; Masada Resource Group LLC, Birmingham; Schwarze Industries Inc., Huntsville; and SEPCO, Alabaster.


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