HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary C. Alan Walker announced today that Pennsylvania's export assistance program helped a heating and cooling device manufacturer in Philadelphia secure its largest order to date, for $1.26 million, from an Austrian manufacturer.
"One of Governor Corbett's highest priorities is to ensure there is a job available for every Pennsylvanian who wants one," said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker. "Continuing to grow the number of Pennsylvania businesses that are exporting will result in a growing economy and new jobs for our citizens."
CustomChill Inc., which designs and manufactures standard and custom thermoelectric-based cooling and heating devices, has exhibited in the Pennsylvania Pavilion at several annual MEDICA Trade Shows in Dusseldorf, Germany. DCED's Center for Trade Development (CTD), with assistance from the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and Pennsylvania's trade representative in Germany, helped the company set up one-on-one meetings with original equipment manufacturers and distributors, and provided market research and logistics assistance. These meetings ultimately led to the purchase order with High Q Laser headquartered in Austria.
"Throughout the years, we have used the Center for Trade Development's services to get in touch and stay in touch with customers," CustomChill Vice President for Sales and Marketing Solomon Reznik said. "We have participated in many PA trade delegations to Germany in order to meet manufacturers and partners. As a result of those trips, we have received many international orders, including our largest ever this spring."
Last fiscal year alone, DCED's Center for Trade Development, housed within the Office of International Business Development, assisted more than 1,100 companies across the commonwealth. Companies assisted by the state's export promotion program reported more than $831 million in sales of goods and services to overseas customers. Exports facilitated by CTD helped support 6,897 jobs and generate more than $62.4 million in state and local tax revenue during FY 2011-2012.
"DCED has been happy to partner with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia to help Pennsylvania businesses tap into international markets," Walker said. "With more than 15,000 Pennsylvania businesses currently selling goods and services abroad supporting nearly 400,000 jobs, exports will continue to be a critical component of our economy."
The Center for Trade Development helps Pennsylvania exporters expand their reach, capacity and capability to sell into new markets by providing clients with access to market research, partner search services, grants, and a full schedule of international trade shows and missions.
CustomChill develops and manufactures high quality thermoelectric based cooling devices – Liquid Chillers, Heat Exchangers and other cooling/heating equipment for the high-technology market. The Philadelphia-based company has been in operation since April 2000 and has 10 employees.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development