ECD Accepting Entries For Governor's Award For Trade Excellence

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for the 2012 Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence (GATE). The awards will be presented at the Governor’s Luncheon on Oct. 19, during the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville. Nominations may be submitted at http://www.tnecdcon.com/awards.html, and the deadline to apply is Sept. 28.  

“Exporting can open up entirely new markets and sources of revenue for Tennessee businesses, and we want to honor those companies making an impact in the global marketplace,” Bill Hagerty, ECD commissioner, said.  “This past year we launched the TNTrade initiative to help boost exports by small- and medium-sized businesses and have seen great success with two different trade missions including one to China and South Korea in April followed by Mexico City in July.”

The awards are given to Tennessee companies that have shown strong export growth in three categories: large companies (250 employees or more), medium companies (under 250 employees) and small companies (under 25 employees). Businesses may nominate themselves or be nominated by a trade association, customer or a person familiar with the company’s achievements.

Nominations may be submitted online by clicking here or an application may be downloaded and mailed to ECD, Attn.: Patrick Baird, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., 11th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243. Applications can also be scanned and emailed to Patrick.Baird@tn.gov. The deadline to submit applications is Sept. 28.  ECD will review applications and make recommendations to Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty for final approval.

Recipients of the 2011 GATE award included:

  • Mallory Alexander International Logistics, LLC (large companies’ category) is a worldwide freight forwarder, providing full logistics services since 1925.  Through a global network of international agents, the company has over 280 partners assisting in shipping needs in approximately 87 countries.  Approximately 30 percent of Mallory Alexander International Logistics, LLC’s 2010 sales were direct export sales. 

  • Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC (medium companies’ category) is a leader in the manufacturing of bimetallic products specifically engineered for value and performance, designed from the start to combine the beneficial characteristics of two different metals.  Approximately 29 percent of Copperweld Bimetallics, LLC’s annual sales in 2010 were direct export sales. 

  • Paradoxe Corporation (small companies’ category) specializes in electrical power transmission and distribution of energy and address three distinct segments: electrical utilities, industrial and construction and original equipment manufacturers. The company’s core geographical market is North America, Central America and South America. In 2010, 95 percent of Paradoxe Corporation’s annual sales were attributed to exports. 

For additional information or to submit or download a GATE application, visit http://www.tnecdcon.com/awards.html.


Study Shows 60 Percent Of Low-Income Tennesseans Face Civil Legal Problems

A study commissioned by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services with the support of the Tennessee Bar Association has found that more than 60 percent of vulnerable Tennesseans face a significant civil legal need. The goal of the study was to examine the effectiveness of delivering legal assistance to those in need. ... (click for more)

The Dixie Group Reports Formation Of Masland Hospitality

The Dixie Group announced the formation of Masland Hospitality, a new business will be led by Elizabeth Moore, vice president of Masland Hospitality. With Dixie’s recent acquisition of the assets of Burtco, LLC, a comprehensive offering of products will be available from Masland for the hospitality market. The product portfolio will include large scale public space patterns utilizing ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)