Posted by Kristen Rupert on Sep 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM
A global maker of security detection systems, a company that keeps pipelines flowing and a major producer of wire mesh are the winners of the 21st Annual Global Trade Awards from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC).
The 2016 Global Trade honorees announced this morning include REXA of West Bridgewater, L-3 Security & Defense Systems of Woburn, and Riverdale Mills Corporation of Northbridge. The awards recognize Massachusetts companies and organizations of all sizes that have demonstrated excellence in international trade.
“International trade plays a pivotal role in the health of the Massachusetts economy” said Richard Lord, President and CEO of AIM.
“That is why we are delighted to honor the achievements of these local winners, who set the standard for global business. We applaud their ability to be strategic and differentiate themselves to serve industries overseas. These firms are making a significant contribution to Massachusetts’s reputation as a world trade leader. ”
The three Global Trade Awards winners will be honored during the AIM Global Trade Symposium & Awards Breakfast at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, October 6, from 8-11 a.m. Those in attendance will hear from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and a panel of business leaders about ways Massachusetts can succeed in a rapidly-changing global business world.
Ambassador’s Award - REXA
West Bridgewater, MA
REXA designs and manufactures superior actuators, a device used by operators of pipelines, power plants and hydro dams to regulate the flow of water, steam or petroleum through industrial pipeline valves. Using innovative motion control technology, REXA actuators enable operators to open, close or adjust large valves from remote locations for normal usage or, in case of emergency situations, to avoid spills or contamination. REXA technology is used in power generation, oil & gas, mining, metals, water and waste industries. A Japanese-owned company founded in 1981, REXA’s products are in high demand globally, with 40 percent of their products distributed internationally. www.rexa.com
Diplomat’s Award - L-3 Security & Defense Systems
L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) is a leading supplier of security screening solutions, with more than 50,000 systems deployed and supported around the globe. Founded in 1986, L-3 SDS designs and manufactures cutting-edge products for secure facilities using advanced technologies such as 3-D computed tomography; automated, conventional and high-energy X-ray; radiation detection; active millimeter wave imaging; metal detection and more. L-3 SDS engineers have improved airport x-ray scanners’ threat detection capabilities across the globe. www.sds.L-3.com
Chairman’s Award - Riverdale Mills Corporation
Founded in 1980, Riverdale Mills Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of high quality engineered galvanized and PVC coated wire mesh fabrics. Riverdale Mills produces more than 3,500 sizes of superior welded wire mesh for the marine, aquaculture, security, farming and construction industries in the company’s sole manufacturing facility in Massachusetts.
The company’s marquee product, Aquamesh®, is a durable, flexible, rust proof and corrosion resistant wire mesh product that can endure the harshest subsea conditions, revolutionizing the lobster fishing industry. Aquamesh® is now used to build 80 percent of all lobster and crab traps fished in North America and about 70 percent of traps used in Europe. www.riverdale.com
The AIM International Business Council helps Massachusetts employers engage in international trade and expand their global business activities. Through seminars, referrals, and e-newsletters, the AIM International Business Council provides companies with the resources they need. For more, visit www.aimnet.org/international.