Success Stories

Profiles in Small Business Export Success

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Lumber Company Builds Small Town Employment
How one rural Alabama company created 40 jobs and over $10 million in export sales while working with AITC counselors and SBA’s Export Working Capital Loan.
Michael Brooks - Alabama International Trade Center
*2007 Receipient of the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award
Robert Stackpole (DOC), James Dixon (Thomasville Lumber), Michael Brooks (AITC)
at the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award Ceremony.

Old Iron Doors Swings Jobs Back to Alabama
A local entrepreneur uses an SBA-guaranteed loan to move a wrought-iron door manufacturing facility from Mexico to Bessemer, bringing 30 new jobs to the area and allowing the company to increase both foreign and domestic sales.

Foundry in China Gets (Environmental) Blast from Birmingham
With all the items being made in China and sold in the US, it’s refreshing to hear of a shipment going in the other direction. Such is the case with Electric Controls and Systems of Birmingham, Alabama. Learn how EC&S leveraged AITC and SBA resources to beat out a German competitor and secure a $11.8 million contract to produce a hot blast cupola system for a new foundry in China. The foundry produces grey iron for use in the production of diesel engines.
*2007 Receipient of the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award
Mike Brooks - EC&S - Alabama International Trade Center
Robert Stackpole (AITC), Greg Bray (EC&S), Michael Brooks (AITC)
at the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award Ceremony.


SBA Loans to Small Business Exporters Surpass $1 Billion!
The SBA Office of International Trade reported 3,302 loans for $1.03 billion to small business exporters in FY 2006, doubling the number of export loans made in FY 2003.
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Ex-Im Bank Supported Over $50 million in Alabama Exports for 2006
Over the last five years, the Export-Import Bank has supported 11 communities, 27 companies and financed a total of $311.73 million in exports from Alabama.


Bulk Storage Company Unboxes One Export Market at a Time
MSSI Inc designs and fabricates steel products that are used for feed ingredient and raw material storage. A quick trip to a trade show in Mexico allowed the company to find a represenative in Venezuela, adding to the 30+ countries that they export to.

Japanese Pets Enjoy Southern Cuisine
Family-owned pet food company in rural northwest Alabama manufactures an alternative to high-priced veterinary-style dog food, finds customers in Japan and around the world.

Small Company Finds Safety in Export Markets
CEO jumps off building, lands safely in the booming Asian construction markets. Find out how he leveraged state and federal programs to tap into lucrative foreign markets when the domestic market was flat.

Exporting a Sweet Deal for Local Firm
Local cookie company overcomes export hurdles with the AITC training program.


Governor Riley names eight companies as the 2008 Trade Excellence Award winners.

Now available: Awards Ceremony Video

2007 Trade Excellence Award Winners