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Commerce’s Lockhart retires after 24 years of helping Alabama firms go global

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Hilda Lockhart, the international business expert who helped countless Alabama companies explore new markets and opportunities in every corner of the globe, is retiring from her position at the Alabama Department of Commerce.

For the past 24 years, Lockhart has served as director of Commerce’s Office of International Trade, which is responsible for the state’s trade promotion and development efforts in an effort to sell Alabama-made products and services throughout the world and to create jobs for citizens. Her last day at Commerce was Monday.

During her tenure at Commerce, Lockhart coordinated trade missions involving Alabama companies that traveled to 51 different nations, logging well over 1 million miles on her journeys.

“Hilda has been a tireless champion for Alabama entrepreneurs and business owners who dreamed of finding new, overseas markets for their products and building connections with potential partners around the globe,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

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