Boothwyn, PA (PRWEB) June 13, 2014
Last month, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced NEI/NEXT, which builds upon the National Export Initiative’s momentum of consecutive export growth for the last 4 years. NEI/NEXT’s new customer service-driven strategy with improved information resources will enable more American businesses to capitalize on global markets and reach the 95 percent of consumers who live outside the United States. By helping American businesses reach more overseas markets, NEI/NEXT aims to support and create millions of jobs.
Job creation is also Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s top priority. On May 30th, Governor Corbett, the Department of Community & Economic Development, and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation presented the Governor’s Impact Awards to recognize top job-creating companies. Nielsen-Kellermen Co. of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania won the Export Impact Award for the Southeastern region.
Small and medium-sized firms like Nielsen-Kellerman generated over one-third of Pennsylvania’s total exports of merchandise in 2012. Utilizing state and federal export resources, Nielsen-Kellerman has taken a proactive approach to expanding their global market share by participating in state led trade missions, TradeWinds, and USA pavilions in major international trade fairs, resulting in a $700,000 increase of export sales. The U.S. Commercial Service in Philadelphia also helped Nielsen-Kellerman successfully enter new markets such as Sweden, Portugal, Malaysia, Brazil, and Norway. The global expansion of Nielsen-Kellerman and other local exporters have clearly contributed to the states export growth overall.
At the state level, increasing exports supports and creates jobs for American workers, sustains thousands of businesses, and facilitates more free trade agreements. In Pennsylvania, foreign-controlled companies employed 267,500 Pennsylvania workers in 2011, more than 15,000 companies exported in 2012, and export shipments totaled $40.9 billion in 2013. “Pennsylvania exporters continue to ramp up their sales by selling to markets around the world with quality, made-in-the-USA products,” said Tony Ceballos, Director of the U.S. Commercial Service in Philadelphia. “These companies understand that selling internationally helps them to weather changes in the economy while building their global competitiveness.”
With more than 100 offices across the United States and in American Embassies and Consulates in more than 70 countries, ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service connects U.S. companies with international buyers. Companies interested in exporting should contact their local office in Philadelphia at (215) 597-7141 or visit http://www.export.gov/Pennsylvania.