Below is an excerpt from our prestigious Exporter of the Year Award 2009 press release from Commercial News USA. Click here to read the entire release!

February 5, 2009 – Matthews Studio Equipment, Inc. in Burbank, California has been named a 2009 Exporter of the Year award winner by ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department.

The company manufactures industry-specialized hardware and lighting control devices for the motion picture, television, photographic, and theatrical production markets and currently exports to more than 60 countries.

Exporting has been important to the company’s growth almost since it was founded in 1970. As motion picture and television production markets have expanded throughout the world, the need for specialized equipment has also grown, and the company has exploited that international demand in order to grow and expand.

“We are honored and very grateful that Commercial News USA has recognized our efforts to build our export business,” said Robert E. Kulesh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company. “Although we have been exporting products for more than 25 years, it was just ten years ago that we specifically identified exports as a way of achieving long-term growth. Today, exports represent a significant percentage of the company’s business.”


Criteria on which winners were selected included the total number of documented export transactions completed in 2007, the total percentage increase in sales in 2007 compared to 2006, exports as percentage of total sales, the company’s commitment to exporting, the company’s commitment to customer service, and the company’s innovation and originality in marketing products or services. To be eligible for the award, a company must currently be exporting from the United States.

Gregory Sandler, publisher of Commercial News USA, said that the success of Matthews Studio Equipment is indicative of how American companies can benefit from exporting. “American companies looking for growth need to be considering opportunities outside of the U.S.,” said Sandler. “World markets offer considerable potential for U.S. exporters.”

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