Fourth time a charm: GT is Exporter of the Year
After being nominated four years in a row, GT has received the Kansas Exporter of the Year Award from Governor Sam Brownback.
The company received the award in Kansas Department of Commerce sponsored ceremonies in Topeka Wednesday night, according to Lori Huber, EDG director.
"I think the award recognizes our employees for all their efforts and accomplishments," GT president Dennis Pederson said this morning.
"They do a quality of work that we require from them and that's not always easy because it often requires additional hours they're asked to put in."
He said the employees spouses and children deserve recognition "for the time we take from them and the support that they give us as we move forward," Pederson said.
Last year, GT came in second in the competition, missing the award by one vote.
And in June, 2014 the Small Business Association named GT as Kansas Exporter of the Year, an honor is almost as prestigious as the governor’s award with the same name.
In March, GT president Dennis Pederson was optimistic about the company's chances this year.
"Based on what the award is for, I think we have a very good chance,” Pederson told the Dispatch.
GT's profile in the ag implement industry has steadily grown as the number of countries they export expands.
The company was recently featured on the Discovery Channel’s ‘How It’s Made’ program and more recently, ‘World’s Greatest!’
The producers of ‘World’s Greatest!’ approached GT because in doing research on agricultural products in the global market, GT’s name kept coming up, Pedersen said. They asked farmers around the world what they needed most. Farmers overseas often said grain dryers, because they can lose 40 to 90 percent of their grain crop to spoilage -- something grain dryers can prevent.
The portable batch grain driers made by GT are uniquely suited to meet that need, especially overseas in countries whose agricultural programs aren’t well established.