Governor honors eight winners with 2019 Trade Excellence Awards

Pictured are the 2019 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards recipients. Pictured, third from left, is Kurt Lammon, of Polyvance.

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the winners of the 2019 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards, which recognize companies that fuel Alabama’s robust export business and sell their innovative designs and products in markets worldwide.

This year’s eight honorees include key players in the critical transportation industry, which has sparked new jobs and investments in communities across the state.

“Our winners this year range in size from the small business to the large corporation, and also hail from different parts of Alabama. They each represent the type of company that makes us strong as a state,” Ivey said. “We also see a concentration of firms in the aerospace and automotive industries, which underscores the importance of these industries to our economy.”

Rainsville’s Polyvance was one of the eight on the list of the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award recipients.

Polyvance: Rainsville’s Polyvance repairs damaged plastic automotive bumpers and also provides a range of related products. In 2006, the company was the first in the industry to commercialize nitrogen plastic welding for the repair of thermoplastic parts, and the technology is now a recognized standard for the sector. Export sales have long been a priority for Polyvance, accounting for about 10 percent of total sales, with expansions under way in both Latin America and Asia.

For a complete list of the 2019 winners of the Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards, visit and search under the press release tab.

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