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State Program Prepares Eight Virginia Companies Including an Albemarle County firm - for Export

VALET program graduates another class; program continues to expand

Eight companies from across the Commonwealth, including one firm from Albemarle County, will graduate Thursday from VEDP’s Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program, touting impressive results from their newly acquired tools to successfully export products and services overseas. The graduating companies will be recognized during a noon luncheon at the downtown Richmond Omni Hotel. 

The eight companies include Aker Wade Power Technologies, LLC of Albemarle County; A-T Solutions, Inc. of Spotsylvania; DACS, Inc. of Portsmouth; MGC Advanced Polymers, Inc. of Chesterfield; PESCO-BEAM Environmental Solutions, Inc. of Roanoke; Synergy International Systems, Inc. of Vienne; Vaughan Furniture Company, Inc. of Galax; and VTLS, Inc. of Blacksburg.  Aker Wade specializes in Electric Vehicle Fast Charging systems.

“We congratulate Aker Wade on completing the very prestigious and dynamic VALET program and look forward to their continued success as a progressive and innovative corporate partner to Albemarle County,” said County Executive Tom Foley.

Launched in January 2002, the VALET program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. The VALET program now has 101 graduates.

“The VALET program accelerates the development of international business by connecting companies with the practical tools needed for successful export sales,” said Paul Grossman, VEDP Director of International Trade and Investment.  “These graduating companies have utilized all of the resources of the VALET program and have really challenged themselves to grow their international businesses.  This class of companies worked extremely hard during a very tough international climate, and I am confident that they will see the return on their investment for years to come.”

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