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Six Utah Companies Go Global with Exporting Program

Salt Lake City―In partnership with U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center Utah, the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (UUMEP) Center, is kicking off the first ExporTech program in Utah this April. ExporTech is a national program designed to help small and mid-sized companies boost their sales revenues via exporting.

The first class of participating Utah companies are:

B.E.S.T. Police Training, LLC: They are the world’s first police training simulator focused on conflict de-escalation. B.E.S.T. stands for Behavior Ethics Strategy Tactics and began as a thesis project at the University of Utah’s #1 ranked game design program. They are located in Park City, UT.

Expedition One: Located in Ogden, UT, they manufacture body armor, bumpers, rocker guards, and recovery gear and equipment.

Madsen Cycles: They manufacture bikes that include cargo holders and kid carrier buckets. They are located in Murray, UT.

Mud Buddy: Located in West Jordan, UT, they manufacture high quality, higher horsepower shallow water motors.

Seymour Solar: Manufacturers of safe solar filters for photographers and astronomers. They are located in Escalante, UT.

Taste Artisan Chocolate: They craft artisanal chocolates using traditional and modern technologies, and sell a variety of gourmet food products. They are located in Provo, UT.

Companies that have completed the ExporTech program in other states report significant impacts to their bottom lines:

  • Many companies generate export sales within 6 months of completing the program
  • On average, participating companies reported making up to $200,000 in sales
  • Since 2006, total program impact has been nearly $500 million in increased or retained sales, and has been delivered in 34 states and Puerto Rico with over 1,030 participating companies.

Derek Miller, CEO of World Trade Center Utah states, “Utah’s growing economy is due in large part to the state’s robust international business. Thousands of Utah companies have figured out how to compete and win in the global economy which is why Utah is a trade surplus state with over $12 billion in exports annually. The World Trade Center Utah is proud to partner with the UUMEP Center and the U.S. Commercial Service on the ExporTech program, which will help more Utah companies export more Utah products around the world.”

“We are excited to partner with the UUMEP Center and the World Trade Center Utah to host the first ExporTech Program in the state,” said U.S. Commercial Service Utah Acting Director Shelby Peterson. “ExporTech is a unique opportunity for export-ready companies to find out about the programs and opportunities available to them and to have a learning experience tailored to the needs of their business. It provides a platform for companies to gain valuable international market knowledge and to develop and implement a customized export plan,” she said.

UUMEP Center Director Theresa Drulard emphasizes the importance ExporTech will have on Utah’s economy: “This program is based on a proven export system that contributes to our economic growth by allowing Utah companies to capture and accelerate profitable new sales in the global marketplace. We are pleased to bring this program to Utah through a strong partnership with the World Trade Center Utah and U.S. Commercial Service”.

The ExporTech program will take place on April 13, May 10, and June 7 at World Trade Center Utah.