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2020 Governor's Exporter Of the year award



The Governor’s Exporter of the Year Awards program began in 1989 to recognize local business contributing to Kansas’ economic growth through global trade. Since its inception, the award has recognized more than 31 Kansas businesses from 20 counties across the state who entered new international markets. These award winners represent the best of Kansas exporters.

The following five Kansas companies are the finalists for the 2020 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award:

Compass Minerals

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Compass Minerals produces salt, plant nutrients and magnesium chloride for distribution in 20-plus countries globally. Its products serve a variety of applications in industrial, agricultural, commercial and consumer markets. The company takes great pride in helping to keep people safe, feed the world and enrich lives every day. Compass Minerals’ headquarters is in Overland Park, Kan.

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Creekstone Farms Premium Beef LLC

The Creekstone Farms program is unique to the industry because it combines superior Black Angus cattle, exceptional cattle management practices, carefully controlled feeding practices and a company-owned, state-of-the-art processing facility. This combination helps the company to produce some of the best beef in the world. The company’s name appears on menus for some of the top restaurants in the largest cities across the globe. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef operates in Arkansas City.

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Dragon-Line has designed, developed, patented and proven the concept of mobile drip irrigation. The company offers a solution for center pivots and linear irrigation systems to improve the use of irrigation water by 20 to 50%. Dragon-Line's game-changing, revolutionary irrigation system has been recognized around the world. Dragon-Line is located in Ulysses.

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Kice Industries Inc.

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Whether it’s filtering, pneumatic conveyance, blending, dust control or a complete processing facility, the company works closely with its customers in 70-plus countries globally to deliver the best air-quality solutions needed for their processes. Industries served include food, milling, oil seed processing, plastic and wood. Kice Industries is in Wichita.

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Petron Plus Global, Inc.

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Petron Plus Formula 7 products are an innovation in specialty chemicals and lubricants. Petron Plus’s extreme pressure properties, anti-rust, and anti-oxidation benefits in an environmentally safe configuration fill an industrial market need. The Petron Plus Global product line has now evolved to include more than 450 different products. Petron Plus Global, Inc. is headquartered in Hutchinson.

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About the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award

The Governor’s Exporter of the Year award recognizes Kansas companies committed to expanding sales in international markets and showcases those exporters as role models to other Kansas companies seeking similar success.In 1989, the first Governors Exporter of the Year was awarded to Wenger Manufacturing. Operated by the fourth generation of the Wenger family, Wenger Manufacturing continues to succeed in both domestic and international markets. The company is headquartered in Sabetha. 

Questions about the Governor’s Exporter of the Year should be directed to April Chiang, at

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