Bradford White was recently honored as the 2016 Pennsylvania Company of the Year by the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia. Bradford White was recognized for its extensive efforts to increase exports, and thereby, promote manufacturing job creation in the U.S.
The WTCGP is a membership-based nonprofit organization and part of a network of more than 300 world trade centers in nearly 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to accelerate global business growth for companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey by providing customized, one-on-one trade counseling, market research, and educational programs; trade mission support; and opportunities that connect the region’s companies with a powerful network of international business leaders and government officials.
Since 2002, the WTCGP has served as a catalyst for regional job creation, helping area companies generate over $1.5 billion in incremental export sales and supporting more than 19,000 jobs.
During the award ceremony, a video of Nicholas Giuffre, Bradford White President and CEO, was shown to the guests in attendance. In it, Giuffre expressed his appreciation to WTCGP representatives for their help in developing Bradford White’s global presence.
“Bradford White has relied on our association with the World Trade Center of Philadelphia to help navigate our global sales strategy,” Giuffre said. “Our association with this organization has been a valuable asset in growing our international presence. It gives me great pride to ship our American built, quality products, all over the world.”
Bradford White has been both a member and a strong proponent of the WTCGP since 2013. During that time, the company has expanded into new international markets and benefitted from the international expertise the WTCGP has made available to Bradford White. Most recently, the WTCGP has facilitated meetings with trade representatives, investigated certification requirements, and vetted distribution companies in Asia and the Middle East on Bradford White’s behalf.
“Working with Bradford White has always been a true partnership,” said Ron Drozd, WTCGP manager – export services. “The Bradford White message of American made and more American jobs is in perfect step with the WTCGP’s mission to increase exports, create jobs, and build a stronger America. They are a tremendous example of how to access international markets and are making a positive impact in the global marketplace.”
Bruce Carnevale, executive vice president, chief operating officer, accepted the award for Bradford White and had this to say about the WTCGP: “We have, and will continue to recommend the valuable services of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia to all companies in southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey looking to take advantage of global business opportunities. The market intelligence, customized research, and international networking expertise opens doors in a way that no single company could accomplish on its own.”