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.