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

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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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama exports primed for rebound in 2021 after pandemic challenges

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In an unparalleled and unpredictable year of turbulence in global trade, Alabama’s exports of goods and services in 2020 totaled $17.13 billion. Reflecting the declines in export volumes recorded by nearly all states as well as the nation, Alabama’s total exports registered an overall...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Amid trade friction, Alabama exports approach record total in 2018

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Despite global trade tensions, the value of Alabama exports topped $21 billion in 2018 on increased shipments of chemicals, paper products and aerospace parts to overseas markets, figures from the U.S. Commerce Department indicate. Still, U.S. trade disputes with China and other countries that...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce wins President’s ‘E’ Award for supporting Alabama exports

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today presented the Alabama Department of Commerce with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service, the highest recognition an organization can receive for contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports. At a ceremony in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

8 companies grab 2017 Alabama trade awards for exporting success

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Eight companies from across Alabama were honored today with 2017 Governor's Trade Excellence Awards for their achievements in exporting goods and services around the world. [tweet_this]Consumers in markets across the globe are learning what it means to be ‘Made in Alabama,’

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama 2016 export awards go to 8 companies

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Eight Alabama companies are being honored today with a Governor’s Trade Excellence Award for their successful exporting strategies. Across the state, companies large and small are involved in shipping their products to overseas customers. This year’s roster of award winners offers...

Written by Jerry Underwood

World Trade Conference focuses on opportunities in Africa

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MOBILE, Alabama – Several high-profile speakers will discuss business opportunities in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa at the World Trade Conference on April 21-22 at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort & Spa in Point Clear. The conference, presented by the Gulf Coast Trade Alliance,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama exports climb to near record in 2014

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama exports climbed in 2014 to a near-record level, powered by shipments of Alabama-made automobiles to almost 100 countries, as well as rising overseas sales of products such as industrial machines, plastics, and iron and steel. Alabama’s exports totaled $19.518 billion...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Southeast Asia trade mission fosters business connections in Singapore (video)

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – An Alabama delegation on a Southeast Asia trade mission headed home today after meetings in Singapore, capping a coordinated, 13-day overseas visit that also allowed the group to make business connections in Indonesia and Thailand. While in Singapore, one of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Governor Bentley honors Alabama companies for exporting success

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Robert Bentley today honored eight Alabama companies for success in exporting goods ranging from advanced audio/video equipment and aviation sensing devices to giant steel pressure vessels and waterworks system products. The companies, which reflect a mix of different industries from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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