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Five Arkansas Companies Recognized for Excellence in Global Trade


Five Arkansas companies were honored this week with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.

According to the Arkansas District Export Council’s website, the awards are designed to recognize “the exporting excellence and success among Arkansas’ small, medium and large enterprises.” In order to be considered for the award, companies must be involved in the manufacturing or agriculture industries and be actively selling in international markets.
The following companies were recognized during the awards’ luncheon:

  • Arkansas Rising Star: Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc.
  • Small Company Exporter: Pinnacle Energy Services Inc.
  • Medium Manufacturer Exporter: Tanners Team Sports Inc.
  • Large Manufacturer Exporter: Welspun Tubular LLC
  • Agricultural Award: Southwestern Sales Company

“The amount of goods and services that Arkansas companies export each year continues to rise,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “Global trade is vital to our state’s economic well-being, and I applaud these companies for making decisions that not only improve their bottom lines but also provide jobs and opportunities for Arkansans.”

Learn more about the companies with profiles provided by the AEDC:

Arkansas Rising Star – Bio-Tech Pharmacal Inc.

Bio-Tech is a dynamic international nutraceutical company based in Fayetteville. It has grown consistently since 1984 thanks to its high-quality products and successful implementation of its export strategies in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, Bahrein, Myanmar, Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand.


Small Company Exporter – Pinnacle Energy Services Inc.

Pinnacle Energy Services (PES) is a small building engineering consulting firm located in Fayetteville. Since 2009, the firm has provided engineering design and sustainability consulting primarily in the Midwest. In 2014, PES began working with TakaSolutions (Taka) consulting firm in Dubai. PES has provided Taka engineering, energy auditing, and system testing consulting services.


Medium Manufacturer Exporter – Tanners Team Sports Inc.

Tanners is the world’s leading supplier of baseball accessories and training gear. It also products accessories for basketball and for tennis and a complete line of pickleball products.


Large Manufacturer Exporter – Welspun Tubular LLC

Welspun Tubular LLC was established in 2007 at an 800‐acre site adjacent to the Little Rock Port, starting its state-of-art operation in 2008. At its inauguration, the company’s investment and employment was $250 million and 350 people respectively, providing an important economic boost to the region. By 2018, Welspun had invested an additional $350 million. Today, the company employs more than 1,040 people and manufactures some of the highest‐quality large and small‐diameter steel line pipe in the oil and gas sector.


Agricultural Award – Southwestern Sales Company

Southwestern Sales Company has been supporting the agricultural livestock industry in the United States for more than 40 years. The poultry industry has utilized Southwestern Sales’ Polylite brand for barn curtains as the standard in open-sided natural live production housing.

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