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SNF Chemtal accepts state trade award
SNF’s export customer service group displays the Governor’s International Award proclamation, signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, which the company received recently in Atlanta. They are, from left, export manager Shondi Burnsed, logistics coordinator Samantha Farrell, customer service representatives Valarie Edwards and Robin Douglas, senior logistics manager Dave Hancock and logistics manager Steffan Oxenrider. - photo by Photo provided.
SNF, the largest industrial employer in Liberty County, recently won the 2009 Governor’s International Award in the international trade, small/medium business category at an event in Atlanta sponsored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Metro Atlanta Chamber and World Trade Center Atlanta.
Awards were given in the categories of international deal of the year, international trade in the large business and small/medium business categories, international investment, international education program, individual of the year and international lifetime achievement.
Julie Bryant Fisher, managing editor of the Chronicle, elaborated on the selection process.
“For each category, we worked to find companies and individuals that not only stood out in their fields, but also made unique approaches to doing international business,” she said.
The Liberty County Development Authority nominated SNF, which manufactures chemical products. The company has operations in Riceboro and is headquartered in France. SNF exports to more than 60 countries around the world, and from January 2008 to the present, the company has exported 300 million pounds of product from the Liberty County facility.
The company opened in Liberty County in 1986 with 15 employees, and today the total employment on the site, including contractors, is approximately 1,000 people.
David Kaye, vice president of manufacturing for SNF Chemtall, accepted the award, which was signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
“SNF is honored to win the Governor’s International Award,” Kaye said. “We have found Liberty County to offer the assets we need to be competitive in a global economy.”
Kia Motors, UPS, Mercedes-Benz USA, Georgia Tech’s Center for International Business Education and Research, Jorge Fernandez of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and John Portman of John Portman & Associates Inc. also won awards.
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