“Earning the Exporter Excellence Award is the best evidence we have that banishing the word “can’t” from our corporate vocabulary was a truly brilliant decision,” said GEI President, Timothy Girard. Celebrating the company’s 60th birthday, Girard Equipment has been exporting products for decades and recently relocated to the Sunshine State for additional distribution opportunities to areas such as the UK, China, South Africa, and Brazil.
Governor Scott commented: “I am proud to announce another group of award winners. My number one mission is to grow jobs for Florida families, and the successes these companies have experienced represent the job opportunities being created in Florida.”
Girard Equipment is well poised to continue to increase its export business. Considering that emerging energy producing countries around the world are now practicing safer transportation methods, the designs and products of GEI are being adopted. Moreover, Tim Girard trusts that subscribing to the belief that the American worker is still a valued asset means that America’s best days are ahead of it and not behind; especially in Florida.
As Tim Girard accepted the award at the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee, he was quick to recognise the community support received from the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, especially from director of economic development Helene Castletine; as well as the elected county officials who have taken great interest in seeing that the constant growth of GEI’s business continues unabated. “We are happy to call Indian River County our home,” boasted Girard.