In July, 13 companies from across the Commonwealth graduated from VEDP’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) Program, touting impressive results from their newly acquired tools to successfully export products and services overseas.
The graduating companies include AMTI Microwave Circuits of the City of Lynchburg; ChemTreat Inc. and H&A Architects and Engineers of Henrico County; GBX Consultants Inc. of Stafford County; Interactive Achievement LLC of the City of Roanoke; Lansinoh Laboratories Inc. of the City of Alexandria; Leonie Industries LLC of Arlington County; MAC Aerospace Corporation of Fairfax County; O’Sullivan Films of the City of Winchester; Qualtrax Inc. of Montgomery County; SimIS Inc. of the City of Portsmouth; West River Conveyors & Machinery Company of Buchanan County; and Norris Screen & Manufacturing of Tazewell County. These companies increased international sales by an average of 64 percent during their two years in the program. The VALET program now has 260 graduates.
“VALET is a great program that helps Virginia businesses find markets outside of the Commonwealth and the country, which is a key business expansion strategy,” said former Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I congratulate these graduates and thank VEDP for its work on this incredibly important program.”
The Program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export.
Currently, the VALET program has 48 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies with assistance from both the state and a team of experienced, international private-sector service providers to help meet their international goals. To date, 260 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.
Companies accepted into the VALET program for July 2016 include Cape Henry Associates of Virginia Beach; Chenega International Consulting, First Line Technology LLC and IntelliDyne LLC of Fairfax County; Frontier Technology Inc. (FTI) of Chesapeake; InCadence Strategic Solutions of Prince William County; Longwall Associates Inc. and Reline America of Smyth County; NOVA Power Solutions Inc. of Loudoun County; Old Mansion Foods of Petersburg; Summit Helicopters Inc. of Botetourt; Tactical Walls LLC of Page County; Zenith Aviation Inc. of Fredericksburg.
The Go Global with Coal & Energy Technology (GGCET) program is a collaboration of the Governor’s Office, VEDP and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) as a result of the Governor’s 2014 Energy Plan. Companies accepted into the GGCET Program for July 2016 include West River Conveyors & Machinery Company and Paul’s Fans of Buchanan County; and Norris Screen & Manufacturing Inc. of Tazewell County.