LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper presented five companies with 2017 Governor’s Export Awards during a ceremony Wednesday and one of those companies is here in the Cape Fear region, Tri-Tech Forensics in Brunswick County.

The awards recognize the companies’ dedication to growing their businesses through exporting, a practice which supports thousands of jobs across the state.

Tri-Tech Forensics was recognized as the Top Global Reach Exporter. The company in Leland manufactures forensics products for law enforcement. From fingerprinting and evidence-collection systems to personal protection equipment, the company is viewed as an essential part of public safety in a wide range of countries. It exports to almost 50 countries.

The other four companies awarded:

  • Therafirm in Richmond County
  • Blue Ridge Chair Works in Buncombe County
  • Frontier Spinning Mills in Lee County
  • New Growth Designs in Pitt County

The team includes five North Carolina-based international trade managers ‒ each of whom specializes in specific industry sectors ‒ and representatives in North Carolina’s international trade offices located in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, China. All told, the state’s trade team assisted 559 North Carolina companies in 2017, located in 80 counties across the state.

North Carolina’s export of goods and services supports more than 370,000 jobs in the state, according to the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.


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