May 22, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Seven New Brunswick companies were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the area of trade and exporting at a ceremony in Fredericton on Thursday, May 21.
Premier Shawn Graham and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) vice-president David Plante presented Export Achievement Awards to Sticks and Stones Fabricating Inc., Moncton Flight College, NY Thermal Inc. and McCain International Inc. Honourable mentions went to Dolphin Steel Systems Inc., Corey Feed Mills Ltd., and Maritime Hydraulic Repair Centre (1997) Ltd.
"These awards highlight the important role that New Brunswick exporters play in making our province the most trade-active province in Canada," said Graham. "The companies recognized last night have shown leadership through their continued success in existing and emerging markets. This kind of drive and determination is just what New Brunswick needs as we move toward our goal of self-sufficiency."
First presented in 1967, the Export Achievement Awards are a joint initiative of the CME and the Government of New Brunswick.
"New Brunswick has a great history of success in the international marketplace," said incoming CME-New Brunswick chair John Bourque, general manager of Bourque Industrial Ltd. "We've had to rely on our ingenuity, savvy and perseverance to succeed against larger, global competitors. These companies are certainly great examples of what can be achieved from our small corner of the world."
The awards and award recipients for 2009 are:
New Exporter Award
Sticks and Stones Fabricating Inc., of St. Stephen, has manufactured custom-finished stone products since 2007. The company has penetrated the Bermuda market by focusing on quality and incorporating unique characteristics into its stone and quartz products. The company has also achieved sales in New England during an extremely challenging period.
New Frontiers Exporter Award
Moncton Flight College provides advanced training, highly qualified instructors and state-of-the art technology to aspiring pilots. Operating since 1929, the flight college trains commercial pilots for domestic and Chinese airlines, successfully marketing itself as an international school.
Innovative Exporter Award
NY Thermal Inc. is a pioneer in developing the most advanced and efficient home heating equipment and furnaces. Its commitment to product development, quality control and contractor support has allowed it to increase its share of the North American marketplace.
Exporter of the Year 2009
McCain International Inc. exports to more than 100 countries. Of 143 employees worldwide, 44 are based in Florenceville, providing the company with an international workforce and New Brunswick staff that provide logistical and managerial talent, as well customer support, marketing and production.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, e-mail: email@example.com; David Plante, vice-president, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - New Brunswick Division, 506-961-9071.