Suwanee, GA, September 05, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (GA 07) presented Winton Machine Company, manufacturer of over 100 different tube and coax fabrication machines, with a U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Award during a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Suwanee, GA. The Export Achievement Award was created by the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) to recognize small and medium-sized enterprises that have successfully entered the international marketplace for the first time or that have successfully entered a new foreign market with CS assistance.
“When we talk about entrepreneurs and small businesses being the backbone of our economy, you won’t find a better example than Winton Machine,” said Rep. Rob Woodall (GA 07). “Having seen the expertise of their operation first-hand, I could not be more proud of what Lisa, George, and their whole team here in the Seventh District has accomplished, and I’m thrilled to see them receive the broader recognition they deserve. Their hard work and commitment turned a vision into an industry-leading manufacturer that not only serves countless clients across the world, but remains an invaluable contributor to our community.”
Winton Machine was founded in 1997 by company owners, George and Lisa Winton, in the basement of their home in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The company started by designing and building dedicated hand benders and in less than a year, found their basement full of machinery equipment and supplies. “We had a vision of becoming a local manufacturer that could bring jobs to Georgia. Manufacturing has such a wide supply chain that we knew we could make a difference to our local economy,” said Lisa Winton. “Working with the U.S. Commercial Service helps a small manufacturer like Winton Machine manage the myriad of regulations necessary to export and identify possible pitfalls that can be encountered when entering new international markets.”
In 2013, the Winton team participated in the Small Business Development Center’s ExportGA program where they learned about the basics of exporting and available services from the U.S. Commercial Service including global market research, risk mitigation, and export compliance. “Export compliance was identified as a critical component to achieving Winton’s global objectives,” explained George Tracy, Director with the U.S. Commercial Service. “Leveraging our best practice export methodology, we enable companies to become proactive, global exporters while ensuring they understand the various requirements for exporting. We’re measured on the results of our client’s export activity, so their success is our success.”
The firm designs and manufacturers all of its machinery onsite at its 13,000 square foot facility in Suwanee and has also developed proprietary software that is used exclusively on Winton Machine products. Winton has grown from its first part time employee in 1998 to a staff of 30 employees today, while boasting foreign markets that include China, South Korea, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Russia, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Ecuador, Turkey, UAE, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, India, Denmark, Belarus, Guatemala, Norway and Sweden.
Winton Machine and Ms. Lisa Winton have previously been recognized for their global efforts and economic impact in Georgia with the following accolades: Winner of 2017 Metro Export Plan (MEP) $5,000 Grant to Grow Exports presented by the Brooking Institute; 2017 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge Semi-Finalist; 2017 National Small Business Week award Winner of the Women Business Champion; and selected participant in SBA’s 2017 Emerging Leadership Program.
U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 countries help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to global markets. U. S. Commercial Service clients surveyed increased their revenues by an average of $622,575 over the last 12 months as a result of the organization's assistance. Visit http://go.usa.gov/xkvz2 to learn more.