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From Azerbaijan to Tanzania, West Virginia businesses are growing their export markets.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined with the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export Council on June 6 to celebrate the record-breaking 52 companies who successfully exported to a new country in 2012. While some companies, such as Growth Media Services, have grown their exports in one foreign market, in this case Hong Kong, others, such as Z Electric Vehicle Corp., have expanded into more than a dozen foreign markets.

"We're very proud of the fact that West Virginia is a leader in increasing the amount of exports," Tomblin said. "Last year, we increased by about 25 percent, and that was one of the top expansions of exporting across the country. It brings in a little over $11 billion in money coming back to West Virginia because of our exports."

Of the 52 companies being honored, 16 were recognized as being first-time exporters to foreign markets. In all, the companies exported to a total of 136 countries in all regions of the world.

The following companies were recognized:

Blackheart International, Philippi — exporting to Norway, France and Brazil

Growth Media Services, Martinsburg — exporting to Hong Kong

Merco Marine, Wellsburg — exporting to the Bahamas

United States Gypsum, Weirton — exporting to Russia

American Babbitt Bearing, Huntington — exporting to Canada

Crosscutting Concepts, Huntington — exporting to Canada

Guyan International, Barboursville — exporting to Ecuador and Peru

Nippon Tungsten USA, Barboursville — exporting to Brazil

Star Technologies, LLC, Huntington — exporting to Brazil, Canada and Mexico

Steel of West Virginia, LLC, Huntington — exporting to the Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, South Korea and South Africa

Tri-State Coating and Machine, Salt Rock — exporting to Canada

The Robbins Co., Fayetteville — exporting to Brazil

Allegheny Wood Products, Petersburg — exporting to Indonesia and Mexico

Almost Heaven Saunas, Renick — exporting to Australia, Belgium, Chile, Mexico, South Africa and Switzerland

BMS Rescue Equipment, Friars Hill — exporting to Australia and Canada

EZEbreak LLC, Frankford — exporting to Canada

The Home Laughlin China Company, Newell — exporting to France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Norway

J & M Industrial, Inc., Millwod — exporting to Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Israel

Schonstedt Instrument Company, Kearneysville — exporting to Tanzania

Air Robotics, Charleston — exporting to Italy, Israel and Romania

ConveyWeigh, LLC, Dunbar — exporting to the Dominican Republic and Russia

Cyclops, South Charleston — exporting to Colombia and South Korea

Precision Samplers, South Charleston — exporting to Colombia

Preiser Scientific, St. Albans — exporting to Bolivia

Terraquip Construction Products, Charleston — exporting to Australia, India, Ireland, Poland, South Africa, Spain and Turkey

Walker Machinery Co., Belle — exporting to Germany, Saudi Arabia and South Africa

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Mount Gay — exporting services to China

Backbone Security, Fairmont — exporting to Azerbijan

ICL-IP America, Gallipolis Ferry — exporting to Trinidad & Tobago

Gilco International Lumber, McDowell County — exporting to Thailand, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic

The Daniels Co., Bluefield — exporting to Mongolia

Automated Packaging Systems, Inc., Keyser — exporting to Malaysia and New Zealand

Howell Automotive, Keyser — exporting to Argentina

Kessel Lumber Products, Keyser — exporting to Canada

Gurkees, Morgantown — exporting to Japan, South Korea, Romania, Tanzania and the United Kingdom

Petitto Mine Equipment, Morgantown — exporting to China

RockyBrook Sinkers LLC,  Morgantown — exporting to Canada, Japan and Russia

Z Electric Vehicle Corp., Westover — exporting to Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam

Caperton Furnitureworks, Berkeley Springs — exporting to the Dominican Republic

Advantage Precision, Summersville — exporting to Australia and China

DirectOnline Marketing, Wheeling — exporting to South Africa

Touchstone Research Laboratory Ltd., Triadelphia — exporting to Portugal, Israel and Italy

TROY Group, Wheeling — exporting to Bahrain, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Israel, South Korea, Libya, Nicaragua and Russia

Warwood Tool Co., Wheeling — exporting to China and the United Kingdom

Wheeling Truck Center, Wheeling — exporting to Azerbaijan, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Namibia, Philippines, Uruguay, Yemen and Zimbabwe

Clark International Logistics LLC, Poca — exporting to New Zealand

Eagle Research, Scott Depot — exporting to Bolivia and Peru

Premier Solutions, Hurricane — exporting to Hungary

Quality Environmental Containers, Beaver — exporting to Nigeria

Aplicare, Inc., Prichard — exporting to Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Kingdom

Baron Blakeslee SFC, Williamstown — exporting to Turkey, India and Saudi Arabia

Rolling Ridge Woods, Parkersburg — exporting to Austria