Governor Laura Kelly Celebrates Pinnacle Technology, 2019 Kansas Exporter of the Year

Mar 11, 2021

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Pinnacle Technology CEO Donna Johnson accepting the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award at a ceremony in 2019

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly, Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland and local officials from Lawrence celebrated Pinnacle Technology, the Governor’s 2019 Exporter of the Year winner, in a virtual ceremony.

After the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an in-person visit, Governor Kelly asked that the recognition of Pinnacle’s outstanding accomplishments take place virtually to avoid further delays.

“Pinnacle Technology is one of our state’s top exporters, and they have played a direct role in fostering a vibrant international business community in Kansas,” Governor Kelly said. “I am confident they will continue to demonstrate the same creativity and perseverance to create economic development opportunities now and into the future.”

Pinnacle Technology designs, manufactures, and sells laboratory research equipment to the preclinical neuroscience market world-wide. The company offers a range of systems for brain research, and works to develop new tools to simplify measurement, reduce cost and enable new research.

According to the company, exceptional customer service and collaborative relationships with clients have helped build its foundation of success.

“Exporters like Pinnacle Technology make our state proud by providing people around the world with the very best Kansas products,” Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “A company like Pinnacle, creating and providing cutting-edge medical technology and service to organizations around the world, is precisely in line with our new Framework for Growth and our state’s renewed focus on innovation. I’m proud to know that this forward-thinking company is enjoying so much success in Kansas, and it’s an honor to help celebrate their achievements.”

During the virtual celebration, Governor Kelly and Lt. Governor/Secretary Toland were joined by Lawrence Mayor Brad Finkeldei, as well as both the Vice President of Economic Development and the CEO for the Chamber of Lawrence, Steve Kelly and Bonnie Lowe.

“Congratulations to Pinnacle Technology and their entire organization for receiving this recognition as the Governor’s Exporter of the Year,” Steve Kelly, Vice President of Economic Development for the Chamber of Lawrence, said. “Pinnacle Technology is a great Kansas company that provides critical support for research organizations around the world and we’re very proud to have them as a member of our Lawrence business community. Donna Johnson and her team provide quality products and the service to match and are extremely deserving of this award.”

About the Kansas Department of Commerce

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses.