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French USA: Exports as a Long-Term Business Strategy


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Exporting has long been a key part of the business strategy at French Oil Mill Machinery Company, based in Piqua, Ohio. The manufacturer received the Presidential E Award in 1984 and the E Star Award in 2012. The E awards recognize major contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 2013, the company took first place in the Dayton Business Journal manufacturing awards.

But the company first began exporting in 1905, when it shipped products to Canada and Europe. Today, exports constitute nearly two-thirds of the company’s sales, and have paved the way for 35 new jobs at the company. Their equipment is in use in 80 countries.

French USA custom designs and manufactures oilseed equipment used to extract vegetable oil from seeds and nuts and to produce biofuels. The company also makes hydraulic presses for molding rubber and composites, and screw presses for synthetic rubber processing and separating liquids from solids.

Many of the French hydraulic presses in service today date back more than 50 years, evidence of their durability. The company provides parts for this vibrant aftermarket.

French’s focus on exporting as a long-term business strategy underscores a point that is often missed in political discord: Exports from the U.S. actually create jobs and economic opportunity here in America, as companies compete in the global economy. French USA exemplifies that maxim.