Given Martha Layne Collins International Trade Excellence Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) — The World Trade Center Kentucky recognized four businesses with the Martha Layne Collins International Trade Excellence Award. This year’s winners were Big Ass Solutions, Hitachi Automotive Systems, LSI Wallcovering and White Drive Products, Inc.
Named after the Kentucky’s 56th Governor, the award distinguishes companies demonstrating outstanding success in international business. Collins was instrumental in attracting numerous Japanese automotive makers and parts suppliers to Kentucky in the mid 1980’s.
The award was based on company’s success through outstanding commitment to, and performance in international trade; evidence of executive management and organization-wide commitment to international business; uniqueness and creativity of international strategy/plan; and overall contributions to the local community through world trade. In addition to experiencing tremendous growth in Kentucky and other sites in the U.S., export sales accounted for a significant portion of business growth.
Awards were presented by Collins and Kentucky Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes at the Kentucky World Trade Day 25th Anniversary celebration in Lexington.