Doors, coffee, hitches, logistics and a side of Bacon.
The World Trade Center Tacoma on Thursday will present its 20th annual set of Globe Awards to Puget Sound area businesses – and one individual – that have contributed to international trade in the region.
The ceremony at the Foss Waterway Seaport will feature a keynote address by Gov. Jay Inslee. Tickets – at $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers – still are available by contacting Miriam Anderson at 253-396-1022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 winners are:
• Northwest Door, Inc., Emerging Business of the Year.
With more than 200 employees, this family-owned business operates a Puyallup/Frederickson manufacturing facility. The company is focusing more on international markets and has increased exports by more than 25 percent in the past two years. Northwest Door now sends its products to markets in Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Israel.
• Torklift International, Exporter of the Year.
Like Northwest Door, Torklift is family owned and operated. The company manufactures hitches, tie downs and stabilizers. From its Sumner base, Torklift products are sold to the towing, RV and trucking industries. The company started exporting in 2005 and markets products in Canada, Germany, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Dubai, Spain, Britain, and Belgium. This year, Russia will be Torklift’s newest market.
• Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Importer of the Year.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ workforce has risen to more than 300 people since arriving in Washington in 2009. GMCR imports coffee from Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, Colombia and Kenya. One of GMRC’s most popular lines, Keurig K-Cup brewers, is rapidly expanding and will likely mean even larger coffee imports in the future.
• Yusen Logistics Americas, Inc., Service Provider of the Year.
The company was formed in 1955 as the logistics arm of NYK Group (itself formed in 1885). NYK is now one of the largest shipping lines in the world and recently moved to the Port of Tacoma. Yusen Logistics Americas is located in Seattle and focuses on import and export assistance for its customers, working extensively with the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.
• Port Commissioner Connie Bacon, Lifetime Achievement Award.
As announced this spring, the WTC Tacoma board of directors is awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award to Port Commissioner Connie Bacon. Bacon was formerly director of the World Trade Center Tacoma before her election to the port position. While at the WTC Tacoma she helped organize the first Globe Awards Gala in 1993. Hugh Carr, current chairman of the WTC Tacoma said, “Connie Bacon richly deserves this award. She’s shown real trade leadership as a Port Commissioner, as a special assistant to Gov. Booth Gardner and, from 1992 to 1997, as executive director of the WTC Tacoma. As this is the 20th anniversary of the Globe Awards there is no one more appropriate to receive this award than the person who first started it.”C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535 email@example.com