Special to Iredell Free News

A Troutman manufacturer was among 11 industries recently recognized by Gov. Roy Cooper as winners of the 2020 Governor’s Export Awards.

“These diverse companies raise the profile of North Carolina-made products around the world, promoting excellence in goods and services made possible by the exceptional workforce in our state. Today, we honor these companies for the way their exports promote the North Carolina economy, their grit during tough economic times and the more than 412,000 jobs they support state-wide,” Cooper said.

C.R. Onsrud Inc. of Troutman was named one of two Top Small Business Exporters, along with Tactical Support Equipment in Fayetteville.

C.R. Onsrud Inc. produces customized CNC routers, high-speed cutting machines tailor-made to a manufacturer’s specific needs. The family-owned company, which is more than 100 years old, serves diverse industries ranging from furniture-making to aerospace and automotive, and has exported to Canadian, Mexican, and European markets.

Each of the manufacturers being recognized has turned to the state for help increasing its international sales. These free services are delivered through the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), which selects award winners from the more than 600 companies its international trade team supports each year.

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