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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Julie Cram
May 20, 2002                                                                                                        202-482-3809

Commerce Under Secretary Grant Aldonas Honors 16 Georgia Businesses
for Export Achievements

Congressmen Isakson and Chambliss Co-Present Awards in
World Trade Week Event Spotlighting Importance of Trade to Local Economy


Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Grant Aldonas and Congressmen Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss today kicked off World Trade Week by presenting 16 Georgia companies with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Award.  The award recognizes business clients of the Department’s Commercial Service that have used their services to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets.

“Most jobs in America are created by small businesses,” Aldonas said. “Small and medium-sized companies like those in Georgia comprise almost 97 percent of U.S. exporters.  The Bush Administration, working with Congressmen Isakson and Chambliss, will continue to work hard to help U.S. firms increase exports that generate high-paying jobs for the working people of Georgia and across America.”

Award winners include: Ad-Tech International, Atlanta; Bell Logistics, Atlanta; Bellew Tours, Atlanta; Buffalo’s Café/Bison Bar & Grill, Marietta; Carpeton Mills/Wavemaker Carpets, Eton; Cinnabon, Inc., Atlanta; Coloplast Corporation, Marietta; D.A. Technologies Broadband, Alpharetta; Frankie Thompson Enterprises, Inc., Lithia Springs; Georgia Carpet Industries Inc., Dalton; K. Derums LLC, Pine Mountain Valley; Princeton Health Care, Inc., Marietta; Popeyes Chicken and Biscuits, Atlanta; Repeater Technologies, Madison; Silver Cup Chalk, Macon; and Universal VAT Services, Decatur.

 “While we are all celebrating the many benefits of trade during World Trade Week, President Bush still does not have the Trade Promotion Authority he needs to bring the benefits of open markets to the American people.  Increasing trade gives America the opportunity to export its greatest commodity: freedom. Granting the President Trade Promotion Authority would help grow the economy in Georgia and the rest of the country, so I urge Congress to pass TPA now,” concluded Aldonas.

According to U.S. Commerce Department figures, Georgia export sales totaled more than $12 billion last year.  The U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta conducted over 1100 business counseling sessions and facilitated more than 120 export sales transactions and millions of dollars in Georgia exports last year.  The Atlanta center is part of the global network of the U.S. Commercial Service, a Commerce Department agency that helps small and medium-sized U.S. businesses sell their products and services globally.

The Commercial Service network includes 108 domestic and more than 150 international offices.  In 2001, the U.S. Commercial Service helped U.S. businesses generate export sales worth more than $34 billion.  For more information on the U.S. Commercial Service, please visit www.buyusa.com or call the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Atlanta at 404-657-1900.

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