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Governor Walker announces the 2016 Governor’s Export Achievement Awards

Ever-Green-View Farms, Hydro-Thermal, H.O. Bostrom recognized for exporting excellence

By - May 10th, 2016 12:46 pm

MADISON, WI. May 10, 2016 –Ever-Green-View Farms LLC, H.O. Bostrom and Hydro-Thermal Corporation are the 2016 recipients of Governor’s Export Achievement Award, which recognizes their success in global business development.

“These three businesses exemplify the type of success that many Wisconsin businesses are achieving by entering or expanding in overseas markets,” said Governor Scott Walker. “With 95 percent of the world’s population located outside of the United States, exporting provides tremendous opportunities for Wisconsin companies of all industries and all sizes.”

The awards honor businesses that have achieved significant growth or implemented innovative strategies in exporting. Nominees were evaluated on measurable export growth, innovation and contributions to the state’s overall economy and trade development.

“These Wisconsin-based companies have achieved extraordinary results in international markets, while significantly contributing to Wisconsin’s economy and job growth opportunities,” said Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “We applaud these great Wisconsin companies for their leadership in exporting.”

Ever-Green-View Farms LLC (EGV) is an award-winning dairy farm in Sheboygan County, family-owned and -operated for over 40 years. In addition to milk production, EGV has earned an international reputation not only for exporting top quality Holstein genetics and live cattle, but also as a source of information for dairy farmers around the globe to make them more successful.

“What has served both our customers and our farm well over the years is the simple motto we try to operate our business under, and that is ‘never promise more than you can deliver and always deliver more than you promise,’” said Tom Kestell, co-owner of Ever-Green-View Farms.

In 65 countries spanning five continents, H.O. Bostrom provides seating solutions for vehicles and equipment in industries such as fire (FireFighter™ brand), marine (SeaPost™ brand), construction, transportation and other niche markets. By offering complete design, engineering, fabrication and assembly of seating systems and components, the company offers customers the advantage of single sourcing all of their seating requirements. In 2016, H.O. Bostrom celebrates its 70th year as a family-owned and -operated business.

“Receiving this award is a testament to our company’s dedication to innovative product designs, high quality and exceptional customer care,” said Paul Bostrom, vice president of sales and marketing. “Customers throughout the world trust us and rely on our products, which are all made by a third-generation, family-owned business with talented and dedicated employees right here in Wisconsin. We would like to express gratitude to the various Wisconsin organizations as well such as WEDC and WMEP for their support in helping us capitalize on exporting opportunities.”

Hydro-Thermal Corporation is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of Hydroheaters™. With global sales to 86 countries on six continents, Hydro-Thermal’s products are used in numerous industries to heat water and process fluids precisely and efficiently. With an emphasis on continued research and development, the company continually seeks to understand and implement new innovative and value-added processes.

“It is a great honor for Hydro-Thermal to receive the Governor’s Export Achievement Award. We are pleased that our commitment to innovation and strong Wisconsin values has brought us continued success,” said Jim Zaiser, president and CEO of Hydro-Thermal Corporation. It is an ever-evolving challenge to cultivate growth internationally, and our staff consistently and enthusiastically welcomes the opportunity. When we visit our customers around the world, we will share Governor Walker’s message that Wisconsin is strong in manufacturing and encouraging of exports.”

Several of the winners and finalists benefited from WEDC’s Export Tech™ program.  ExporTech™, an export acceleration program delivered in partnership by the WEDC, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) and the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC), helps Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through targeted export strategy development and execution.

For more information on Governor’s Export Achievement Awards and featured videos of the award winners, click here.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive economy. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

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