MITC trade/investment winners announced: Hancock Lumber named exporter of the year

The Maine International Trade Center has announced the winners of the 2011 International Trade and Investment Awards, with family-owned Hancock Lumber taking the top spot of Exporter of the Year.

Hancock Lumber and three other award-winning companies will be recognized on May 24 at Maine International Trade Day at the  Samoset Resort in Rockport, the trade center said Thursday.

The theme for this year’s 32nd annual Trade Day is “Better by Design: Innovation for Global Markets.” Featured speakers include Sandro Valeri, senior manager for innovation management at Embraer S.A., and Dr. Cesar A. Hidalgo, professor at The Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Here’s a list of the this year’s trade and investment award winners, and a bit about them from the trade center:

Exporter of the Year – Hancock Lumber

A family-owned Maine business since 1848, Hancock Lumber in Casco has demonstrated on ongoing commitment to increased exports. During the past year, the company has been successful in introducing Eastern White Pine to new markets around the globe.

Service Provider of the Year – Bernstein Shur

With Maine offices in Portland and Augusta, Bernstein Shur is one of northern New England’s largest multi-service law firms. During 2011, the firm’s attorneys were involved in international transactions touching more than 30 countries on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

Innovator of the Year – Falcon Performance Footwear

Falcon Performance Footwear in Auburn manufactures high-end industrial and mining boots. Innovative design and development of specialty composite materials, as well as a “build to order” manufacturing process, have given the company a competitive advantage in international markets.

Foreign Direct Investor of the Year – Mölnlycke Health Care

Mölnlycke Health Care, a global company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, manufactures single-use surgical and wound care products. After acquiring Rynel, Inc. in Wiscasset the previous year, the company began construction of a new 78,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brunswick in 2011.