West Virginia recognizes Kreinik, J&M Industrial
CHARLESTON — Two companies in Jackson and Wood counties were among the 30 recognized for growing their business by exporting a good or service to a new country last year by the state of West Virginia.
They were Kreinik Manufacturing in Wood County and J&M Industrial in Jackson County.
The businesses received the Governor’s Commendation for International Market Entry Award, which is given to companies that made their first sale to a new country in the previous calendar year.
Kreinik, which makes craft and fly fishing threads, was recognized for exporting to Brazil and J&M, which buys and sells industrial equipment, was recognized for exporting to El Salvador, Costa Rica and Brazil.
“From the bottom of my heart and with the gratitude of all those across our great state, I congratulate each and every one of these 30 West Virginia companies,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “Keep making West Virginia shine for the whole world to see. I’m so proud!”
In 2019, the state’s exports were valued at $5.9 billion.
“West Virginia businesses have been innovating and diversifying our economy for many years now and we want to recognize them for helping our state compete in the global marketplace and become an even better place for people to live, work and play,” said West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch. “Every time a West Virginia business expands into a new market, we share a little bit of what makes the Mountain State so special.”
Since 2002, more than 2,200 export awards have been presented to more than 170 companies for selling products to nearly 200 countries.
This year, West Virginia businesses from 17 counties received the award for exporting goods and services to 60 countries.
“It takes big ideas and a lot of hard work to reach a new market and everyone here at the Development Office is committed to helping our state’s exporters find success around the globe,” said Mike Graney, executive director of the West Virginia Development Office.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award presentation was conducted in a virtual format and included congratulatory remarks from several state officials, including Justice, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Sen. Joe Manchin and EXIM Chair and President Kimberly Reed.