Winners of Global Iowa Export Award Announced

Iowa Economic Development Authority

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Winners of Global Iowa Export Award Announced

May 25, 2018 (Des Moines, IA) – The winners of the Global Iowa Export Awards were announced and presented at the "Going Global" seminar held yesterday at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa. Iowa Export Awards are presented by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in recognition of companies that are expanding their markets internationally. 

Nominations and winners for the awards were reviewed and selected by Northwest Iowa Development with final review performed by IEDA. Award recipients are chosen based on their achievements and commitment to exporting as a component of their business strategy. The Global Iowa Export Awards were handcrafted by Heavy Metal Renaissance, LLC of Woodbine and were presented to the following companies:

K2W Precision Inc., Orange City 
K2W Precision Inc. was established in 2013 by long-time coworkers and family members Wade Huisman and Nate Deweerd. The company provides several top-quality lines of racing parts. Along with Keizer wheels, headlining the K2W product line, they also introduced shock parts, oil pans and steering components to service high-end performance racing. The company exports wheels and racing parts globally to every continent. K2W also services thousands of universities worldwide, working directly with engineering students on their race cars for the world Formula student competitions.  K2W has expanded the other product lines supporting Keizer Racing wheels and have seen success in national and international markets for these new segments as well. 

K2W Precision, Inc. Pictured (l-R) are Mark Gaul, Orange City Econolmic Development director; Angie Huisman of K2W Precision; Lt.Governor Adam Gregg and Debi Durham, IEDA director.

Kooima Company, Rock Valley
Kooima Company began in 1988 as a stamping job shop owned by John and Phil Kooima, a father/son partnership with two employees. Since installing their first laser cutter in 1993, Kooima has specialized in laser cutting steel parts. The metal fabrication business has grown from a small building with 16,000 sq. ft., to a large plant with over 270,000 sq. ft. of production, warehouse and office space. The company now fabricates steel parts for large equipment manufacturing companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their parts are used in a variety of industries, including automotive, agricultural, construction, exercise, medical and food processing equipment. They also manufacture and sell their line of high quality parts for agricultural machinery, with customers worldwide.

Kooima Company. Pictured (L-R) are David Miller, Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation development director; Brent Maassen and Ron Verbeek of Kooima Company; Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and Debi Durham, IEDA director.

Nor-Am Cold Storage, LeMars
Started by Greg and Janna Brandt almost 20 years ago, Nor-Am Cold Storage has temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art technologies maintained at BRC Global Standards for Storage and Distribution for the food industry and exporting companies.  In 1999, Nor-Am opened with 12 employees and one building. Today, Nor-Am has over 300 employees in five states and 10 buildings. Among other products, Nor-Am specializes in servicing the export of pork, beef and poultry and their byproducts by providing cold storage warehousing, inspection, export logistics and documentation for the meat producer and processor. The company also helps Iowa companies service their customers’ needs throughout the world by providing services ranging from export of full truck load to specialty case picking operations. 

Nor-Am Cold Storage. Pictured (L-R) are Neal Adler, LeMars Business Initiative Corporation executive director; Heath Coburn, Kyle Peterson, Tammy Eyer, Becky Thomas and Bernie Thomas of Nor-Am; Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and Debi Durham, IEDA director.

The one-day Going Global seminar focused exporting basics and featured presentations by Staples, Cozen O’Connor, Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd. Scarbrough International and IEDA Director Debi Durham. The keynote address was presented by Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. Going Global was hosted by Northwest Iowa Development and IEDA.

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