During a year that has been especially tough for businesses, a Michigan company has risen to the top. Redi-Rock International is being recognized by the President and the U.S. Department of Commerce for its innovative ideas and expertise in the world of global exports.
Redi-Rock recently received the President’s “E” Award for Exporting, one of the highest honors U.S. entities can receive for making significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports. “We believe you don’t look at international barriers, but international opportunities,” said Andrew Nickodemus, Global Account Manager at Redi-Rock. “We’re looking to help change the world, in concrete ways.”
In five years, Redi-Rock quintupled the number of jobs provided in Michigan and overseas and expanded from four international customers to 23 international customers. Speaking during a recent panel interview, international law expert Jean Schtokal of Foster Swift complimented Redi-Rock's efforts, saying, “Redi-Rock is such a truly innovative company when it comes to not only their products, but how they see obstacles as opportunities. They found creative ways to connect with organizations and manufacturers all over the globe, while protecting their intellectual property. They’re doing good around the world by creating these other business opportunities while also growing their company in Michigan.”
The President’s “E” Award was created in 1961 by Executive Order of the President of the United States, and is awarded to 39 US companies each year for excellence in exporting.