Governor's International Trade Award

The Governor's International Trade Award honors Minnesota companies that have shown exceptional progress and success in foreign markets. In addition to honoring individual recipients, the award recognizes the tremendous positive effect that exports and trade have on the state's overall economy.

Governor’s International Trade Award 2015

2014 Trade Award Logo

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) is accepting nominations for the 30th Annual Governor’s International Trade Awards, which will honor Minnesota companies that have excelled in the international marketplace.

Awards will be made in two categories:

1) Manufacturing or Services

2) Agricultural Commodities or Processed Food


Any Minnesota-based company that has not previously received the award is eligible to apply. 

Award Criteria

  • Significant portion of business is international
  • Demonstrated growth in international business over at least the past three years, with continued likelihood of growth
  • Increased or maintained employment in Minnesota through the expansion of international trade activity
  • Developed novel ideas or approaches to doing business internationally

Application Process and Deadlines

Complete this application form. The application is a fillable-saveable pdf. If your web browser is Chrome, Firefox or Safari, you must save the application to your computer and then open it with Adobe Acrobat before you will be able to fill it out and save your work.

Email the completed application along with supporting narrative to Self-nominations or nominations by business colleagues will be accepted.

Deadline is Friday, February 5th, 2016. Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony in April 2016. All submitted information will remain confidential.

For More Information

Contact Paul Hansen at 651-259-7486.

Previous Award Recipients

2014 Recipients
  • Barrett Ag Services (Brainerd)
  • Dombrovski Craft Meats (Foley)
  • Industrial and Environmental Concepts, Inc. (Lakeville)
  • Tonka Water (Plymouth)
  • Winona State University (Winona)
2013 Recipients
  • Barr Engineering Company (Minneapolis)
  • Fastenal Company (Winona)
  • Horton, Inc. (Roseville)
  • Julia Knight, Inc. (Minneapolis)
  • MGS Machine Corporation (Maple Grove)
  • Midwest Ag Enterprises (Marshall)
  • Minnesota International Medicine (Minneapolis)
  • OSI, Inc. (Medina)
  • Pepin Manufacturing (Lake City)
2012 Recipients
  • Northwest Grains International, LLC (Minneapolis)
  • Delkor Systems, Inc. (Circle Pines)
  • Digi-Key Corporation (Thief River Falls)
  • Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael)
  • Mayo Clinic (Rochester)
  • Proto Labs (Maple Plain)
  • ME Global Inc. (Minneapolis/Duluth)
  • Gear Grid LLC (Forest Lake)
  • KwikRink Synthetic Ice (Maple Grove)
  • PaR Systems, Inc. (Shoreview)
2011 Recipients
  • No awards given
2010 Recipients
  • 3M (St. Paul, MN)
  • Ideal Aerosmith (East Grand Forks)
  • Knewtson Soy Products, LLP(Good Thunder)
  • Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc. (Minneapolis)
  • MOCON, Inc. (Brooklyn Park)
  • Network Executive Software, Inc. (Maple Grove)
  • ReconRobotics, Inc. (Edina)
  • Rosenbauer America, LLC (Wyoming)
  • Viracon (Owatonna)
All Winners Since 1985

See a list of all winners since the award's inception.