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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Contact: Victoria Park
May 21, 2002                                                                                                   202-482-0310

Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Linda Conlin, Honors Beresford Business For Export Achievements

Linda Conlin, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, today presented Sioux Steam Cleaner of Beresford with the U.S. Commerce Department=s Export Achievement Certificate at the Great Plains World Trade Conference.  This award recognizes companies that are business clients of the Commerce Department=s U.S. Commercial Service that have used their services to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets.

ASioux Steam Cleaners is a great example of how the Commerce Department helps U.S. companies expand globally,@ Conlin said.  AThis administration will continue to encourage businesses to increase exports to generate high-paying jobs and raise the standard of living for the working people of South Dakota.@

Sioux Steam Cleaner is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, heavy-duty industrial pressure washers, steam cleaners, and steam generators since 1939.  With the direct support and help from the Commerce Department and the South Dakota International Business Institute, Sioux Steam has successfully expanded its export markets to South and Central America.  Sioux Steam=s export sales have developed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Venezuela.

For businesses that are new to exporting, or businesses that are already exporting and are looking to expand, the Commerce Department operates two important new tools to make it easier.

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