Celebrating World Trade, Growth, Expansion and Job CreationMay 21, 2015
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This is a guest blog post by Harry Arnon, the President and CEO of Hernon Manufacturing, Inc.
I am honored to have received the President’s “E” Award for Exports on Monday. As a worldwide innovator in high performance adhesive sealants and precision dispensing equipment, Hernon Manufacturing, Inc. creates adhesives and sealants for companies across the globe. During World Trade Month 2015, HERNON has a lot to celebrate!
Several years ago, I believed there was an unrealized potential in international markets, and decided to refocus the company’s efforts and make exporting a top priority for our growth strategy. Those efforts have paid off. Today, HERNON exports to 44 countries and has a number of partners across the globe including China, India, Brazil, Singapore and South Korea.
In the last four years, HERNON has doubled sales, with exports being a key contributor in our growth. In fact, the team is projecting continued development, through innovative, efficient, and cost-effective design and production processes.
Our company has been bursting at the seams. Two years ago we had to move our equipment division to a separate rental space to accommodate our rapid increase in business. In March of this year, HERNON held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate its new building expansion and job growth. Even Rick Scott, Florida’s governor, attended.
The new building expansion will add 27,000 square feet of additional space to HERNON’s current building space. Ever focused on efficiency, we look forward to the completion of the construction to bring all divisions back under one roof.
HERNON also forecasts increasing its workforce by nearly 50 percent over the next two years to keep up with production need. In the years to come, the team will continue to work together, to advance and secure our future through international trade and logistics. Exports are helping build a stronger economy and HERNON is proud to be part of that effort!