Sunday, June 18, 2017

Governor's Exporter and Excellence Award Recipients

Press Release

The Kansas Department of Commerce is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award is Lee Aerospace and the recipient of the Governor’s Award of Excellence is Cereal Ingredients, Inc. The winners were announced on International Trade Day during Business Appreciation Month.

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award proudly celebrates the successes of Kansas companies that excel in exporting and growing their communities. It encourages the growth of the state’s international commerce by showcasing successful exporters as role models to the Kansas business community. The recipients are prime examples of how exporting is a significant catalyst for company growth and diversification. Twelve Kansas companies were nominated for the 2017 Exporter of the Year award, finalists included:

The 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence companies can be nominated in one of four categories, including manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence.

Lee Aerospace started as a small production company in 1989, manufacturing aircraft cabin windows for Boeing, and quickly grew to include multiple aircraft manufacturers. Today, Lee Aerospace is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aircraft windows for business aircraft.  Expanding beyond just aircraft transparencies, Lee Aerospace now has over 250 Kansas employees.

Cereal Ingredients, Inc. is a privately held, employee-owned specialty ingredients manufacturer that was established in 1990 by Robert Hatch to research, develop and market unique, new food ingredients. The Company holds multiple worldwide product and process patents.

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