WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Zeigler Bros., Inc. (ZBI), a leader in the research, development and production of nutritional solutions for the aquaculture, pet/zoo and lab/biomedical industries from Gardners, Penn., today was recognized as Exporter of the Year 2013 by the Small Business Administration. SBA Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade Dario Gomez presented the award at the World Trade Day Conference in Denver, where SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns was a keynote speaker.
"Small Business Exporters like ZBI are key engines of our economy and are playing a crucial role in job creation as we move toward an economy that is built to last," said Johns. "Exports account for 14 percent of our national GDP, and in 2012, hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion and supported 9.8 million jobs. The Small Business Administration is committed to giving small businesses exporters the tools, skills and support they need to succeed in the global market."
Founded in 1935, ZBI is a three-generation Zeigler family business. Much of ZBI's research and development efforts focus on the aquaculture industry, a field in which the company's work has helped advance industry development and supported its growing role in feeding the global population.
Receiving the award were Thomas R. Zeigler, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Past President and Chairman; Timothy Zeigler, Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Matthew Zeigler, Vice President, Operations, Process Engineer.
World Trade Day 2013 is the 40th Annual Rocky Mountain Region's premier trade and investment conference with participants across the world attending. This year's theme, "Plug into the Global Economy – How Technology Impacts Trade," features the latest technology tools available to help expand international business opportunities and showcase operational and marketing techniques, including improving your supply chain, connecting a global workforce, marketing to mobile devices, social media for international business and website search engine optimization.
For additional information on the winners of the 2013 Exporter of the Year Award, please visit www.sba.gov/oit/.
SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration