Therafirm, Hamlet, NC, and its parent company, Knit-Rite, Kansas City, KS, received North Carolina’s Top Rural Exporter Award, one of five awards sponsored by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina and presented by Governor Roy Cooper at a ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion on January 31.
According to Therafirm and Knit-Rite, the award is the culmination of six years of working with the Economic Development Partnership to grow the company as a whole, and specifically exports. Products have been provided to customers throughout the world, including Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, Colombia, Argentina, and Canada.
The Economic Development Partnership is a public-private organization under contract with the North Carolina Department of Commerce that works with companies to grow business. “Working with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina has allowed us to visit countries and meet new customers we wouldn’t have met otherwise,” said Evan McGill, Executive Vice President of Business Development. “Their global knowledge and support for our company and our brands has allowed us to grow our export sales, hire new employees and increase our capital investment in Richmond County, while increasing our reach globally to approximately 50 countries and meeting the medical needs of thousands and thousands of new patients with our products.”