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Utah Trade Mission to Germany Opens Opportunities for Small Businesses

April 25 2016 - 12:12 pm

News Release
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2016

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Utah Trade Mission to Germany Opens Opportunities for Small Businesses
Utah business owner invited to White House dinner prior to trade show

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama invited Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Utah’s Kaddas Enterprises, to represent small business interests in international trade at a special event for some of the world’s top political and business leaders. Discussion topics ranged from economic growth promotion to energy and climate, and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The meeting was concurrent with Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade fair. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is providing a number of Utah companies, including Kaddas Enterprises, the opportunity to exhibit.

“Congratulations to Kaddas Enterprises for this exciting opportunity to showcase not only the company but also the state of Utah as a leading example of best practices,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “Natalie’s invitation to this meeting is indicative of the fact that small business has a place at the table in our global economy.”

The evening’s attendees included executive leaders from U.S. companies such as Microsoft, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin, along with top German business leaders, various government officials and foreign dignitaries. Kaddas was able to promote a high-quality manufacturing business model and present American-made products as industry-leading examples.

“The Kaddas Enterprises team is dedicated to developing some of the most sought-after products available in the global market,” Kaddas said. “Commitment to quality and perseverance in customized strategy are at the heart of small business. It has been an honor to represent that at such a prestigious event.”

Kaddas Enterprises is one of six companies exhibiting at the Hannover Messe through Utah’s State Trade and Expansion Program (STEP), a U.S. Small Business Administration program aimed at helping small companies expand into foreign markets. The company is a second generation, family-owned business specializing in thermoform plastic manufacturing. In operation for more than 50 years, Kaddas Enterprises has joined GOED on a number of trade missions and shows and has tripled international sales since 2013.

“Kaddas Enterprises is a true trade mission success story,” said Franz Kolb, regional director in GOED’s International Trade and Diplomacy Office. “Our trade missions and participation in trade shows are designed to open doors for these companies, and then they do the rest. Natalie has stepped up in an admirable way and serves as an excellent example of utilizing programs like STEP and opportunities like GOED trade missions to grow globally.”

Hannover Messe begins today and will run through April 29.



Photo Courtesy of Natalie Kaddas

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Natalie Kaddas, CEO of Utah’s Kaddas Enterprises, with her exhibit at Hannover Messe in Germany. Kaddas met with President Obama, Chancellor Merkel and a number of U.S. and German business and political leaders in a special event prior to the trade show.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
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 environment and tourist 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