Governor recognizes Pine Belt businesses for achievements in exporting

Governor recognizes Pine Belt businesses for achievements in exporting

FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant presented 13 companies across the state with awards Wednesday for their success in maintaining or increasing export sales.

"The companies honored with these awards play a large role in strengthening the state's economy, as well as that of their local communities," said Bryant in a press release.

Hattiesburg-based BioSoil Enhancers, which is the manufacturer of SumaGrow, received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting in the manufacturing sector. Columbus-based BankTEL Systems received was the other recipient of that award in the service sector.

The Governor's Award for Export Achievement was presented to Jackson-based Navagis in the service sector and Pearl-based Trilogy Communications, Inc. in the manufacturing sector.

"Not only did these companies and their leaders think outside of the box when creating their innovative, high-tech products and services, they thought internationally," said Bryant in a prepared statement.

Nine companies received certificates of achievement from the Governor, including Petal's Flathau's Fine Foods and Waynesboro's Quality Plywood, Inc.

"I give all the credit to my staff," said Jeff Flathau. "I've got a great staff that's been with me for a long time, and they do all the work."

Flathau's started as a catering business 20 years ago with their family's cheese straw recipe. The business has grown to offer a variety of "snap" cookies and exports to about 30 countries, including TJ Maxx stores in Canada and Europe.

The 2014 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Exporting were sponsored by the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi District Export Council.