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E Award Recipients Turn Economic Hit Into Growth Opportunity With the U.S. Commercial Service
Balco Incorporated, based in Wichita, Kansas, manufactures products for the architectural construction industry, used primarily to enhance structural building safety in the event of a disaster (i.e. severe weather, fire, etc.). Recently, Balco was a recipient of two prestigious awards, the President's E and E-Star Awards, conferred by the U.S. Department of Commerce and facilitated by the Department's export promotion arm, the U.S. Commercial Service.
After a massive drop in the U.S. construction market between 2008 and 2010, Balco decided to take the internal economic hit as an opportunity for growth by reaching out to the U.S. Commercial Service for assistance with international expansion. With the revenue generated from export sales, the company was able not only to retain and repurpose much of its entire workforce, but also hire U.S. employees to focus solely on exports.
Balco credits the U.S. Commercial Service with helping it achieve international sales, and would recommend them to others seeking help with exporting.
For more information about U.S. Commercial Service programs please visit: www.export.gov/usoffices
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