The Oregon Consular Corps presented DePaul Packaging with the New Exporter Award at the Celebrate Trade Gala May 18 in Portland. The event, part of World Trade Week, was also hosted by Business Oregon, the City of Portland, Greater Portland Inc., Oregon Department of Agriculture, Pacific NW International Trade Association, Portland Business Alliance, Portland Development Commission, the Port of Portland, Travel Oregon and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The New Exporter Award recognizes a Portland-area company that has engaged in international trade for two years or less. DePaul Packaging exports nuts and dried fruits to China under its own brands, Juniper Naturals and Lost Coast Snacks, as well as private labels. Its revenue from exports is expected to reach $3 million for fiscal year 2015, and DePaul is working on expanding its export offerings to include infant formula, and exporting to other countries.
“We began exporting because we saw how this line of business could support our mission,” DePaul Industries President & CEO Travis Pearson said. “The more we export, the more jobs we can provide for people with disabilities at our packaging facility.”
According to the Oregon Consular Corps, judges considered entrepreneurial aptitude, commercial acumen, vision, ambition, and drive to build a successful international enterprise. The New Exporter recipient is able to find and develop new growth opportunities abroad that have resulted in increased sales, profit, market share, head count or geographical expansion.
The award comes on the heels of another major export-related event: Pearson met with President Barack Obama during a roundtable prior to the President’s speech at Nike on May 8. The roundtable was organized by Oregon Jobs Through Trade, a new coalition shining a spotlight on how trade directly leads to more jobs and more livable communities.