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Abbott Recognized for Exporting
Top Scoring Business in Pinal County
CASA GRANDE (May 12, 2017)—What can your business learn about exporting from those who are best at it? Members of the Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program hope that businesses who are “export curious” can use the examples set by other local businesses to explore exporting to achieve the same success. Several of these companies are being honored as the top scoring business in each of the three counties in the Sun Corridor.
From its home in Casa Grande, Arizona, Abbott exports to a number of countries all over the world. This means good jobs and profits at home. On May 12, 2017, Abbott was recognized as the top scoring business in Pinal County, with a visit from local mayors at 1250 W. Maricopa Highway, Casa Grande. (Photos are available upon request.) In earlier visits, Able Aerospace Services, Inc. in Mesa was recognized as the top-scoring business in Maricopa County, while Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson was recognized as the top scorer in Pima County. In all, the Sun Corridor Export Recognition Program is celebrating 17 exporting businesses throughout Pinal, Pima and Maricopa Counties.
The recognition program was launched by the Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC), led by elected officials and business leaders in the Sun Corridor. City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who chairs the Maricopa Association of Governments, championed the development of the export recognition program on behalf of JPAC. “International businesses see us not as individual cities, but as one state, as a state of opportunity, thanks to a business friendly environment, a talented workforce and a high quality of life. We need to work together to succeed more in the global market,” says Phoenix Mayor Stanton.
Applications from businesses were evaluated by an independent panel of experts and placed in one of the following categories of emerging, proficient, and expert. Abbott is being recognized as an expert exporter for overall achievement. “We are proud to be home to Abbott. Casa Grande is a growing community,” says Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “Businesses like Abbott are helping us to grow our presence internationally.”
“We know that our products allow people to live their best and healthiest lives so we want to make sure we’re bringing our science-based nutritional products to people around the world,” says Abbott Site Director Troy Rosenow. “In Casa Grande, approximately half of the nutritional products we ship and receive every day are destined for consumers and patients in international markets.”
Queen Creek Councilmember Robin Benning, Chair of the Central Arizona Governments, and Eloy Mayor Joel Belloc, Chair of the Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, are committed to exporting. Says Councilmember Benning, “We are committed to building our economy by increasing exporting.” Adds Mayor Belloc, “Businesses, small and large, can successfully export and we are here to support them any way we can.”
All 17 businesses will be recognized at the upcoming JPAC Economic Development for the Global Economy (EDGE) event. The event will be held on May 19, 2017, at the Wild Horse Pass. Event and registration details are available at www.jpacaz.org.
The program was made possible thanks to support received from the following partners: Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona District Export Council, Central Arizona Governments, East Valley Partnership, Global Chamber Phoenix and Global Chamber Tucson, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Association of Governments, Metro Phoenix Export Alliance, Partnership for Economic Innovation, Pima Association of Governments, Sun Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, Sun Corridor Inc., U.S. Commercial Service, and Western Maricopa Coalition (WESTMARC).
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