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Utah is Ready to Export and Resources are Available

August 11 2014 - 10:12 am

News Release
For Immediate Release

August 11, 2014

Contact:
Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director
801-538-8811
mgsullivan@utah.gov

Utah is Ready to Export and Resources are Available 
Kaddas Enterprises will show that Utah is ready to help businesses expand globally

Salt Lake City, UTAH — General Manager Natalie Kaddas of Kaddas Enterprises, Inc., is a living example of how a manager can use Utah’s exporting resources to open the door of the global marketplace to their business. Kaddas will share her company’s international success story with attendees at the Utah Global Forum (UGF) this September.

Kaddas Enterprises specializes in thermoform plastic manufacturing, a process that heats plastic sheets and molds them into finished products. The company got its start by developing a product line for utility companies to prevent animals from causing power outages. The company’s other products have been used for many purposes, including aviation and public transportation.

Kaddas Enterprises was experiencing some global-market success in exports, but when they received a State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant, they accompanied Governor Gary R. Herbert on several trade missions and made the necessary connections to increase their market to a wider range of countries. In 2013, the company’s international sales grew by 900 percent. Today, Kaddas Enterprises exports to seven countries, including Mexico, Venezuela and Norway.

With the hope that it will inspire Utah businesses to expand internationally, Kaddas will share her success story at UGF and encourage attendees to become familiar with and use state exporting resources.

Any company leader with an intent in growing or starting their company in exporting should attend the Utah Global Forum, presented by Governor Gary R. Herbert. UGF is Utah’s premiere international event organized to connect Utah business owners with the global market and to showcase what makes Utah great for foreign investors. The event will attract a broad domestic and international business audience and will inspire attendees to start or increase global trade and investment.

The forum will be held Sept. 24 in the Salt Palace, Grand Ballroom. To register, visit utahglobalforum.com. Registration is limited and will sell out quickly.

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Natalie Kaddas, general manager, Kaddas Enterprises, Inc.

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)  
Web: business.utah.gov

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or mgsullivan@utah.gov