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Posted on: September 22, 2010

Governor Parkinson to visit Osborne Industries on Sept. 24

Governor Mark Parkinson will visit Osborne Industries on Friday, Sept. 24 in Osborne, Kan., to celebrate the company’s 2010 Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award.

The Governor’s visit will include a facility tour with Osborne Industries President Steve Langley, followed by a 10:30 a.m. awards ceremony with Osborne Industries employees in the company’s warehouse. Governor Parkinson will make brief remarks and present President Langley with commemorative pins for his employees.

Osborne Industries in June was named the Governor's Exporter of the Year at the annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment awards ceremony. The Exporter of the Year Award is presented annually to a single Kansas company for exceptional international marketing success and is intended to showcase successful exporters as role models to other Kansas businesses. The award is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council.

“In June, I had the honor of presenting Osborne Industries with the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award for outstanding achievement in international marketing,” Governor Parkinson said. “They have a deep commitment to Kansas and play an important role in growing our economy. I look forward to our upcoming visit as another chance to celebrate the company’s incredible accomplishments with the entire workforce.”

All media are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. ceremony and should arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign permission slips and receive a visitor’s pass. Media are asked to contact Kristi Ohnsat with Osborne Industries at (785) 346-2192, ext 114 or to confirm their attendance by Thursday, Sept. 23.

Founded in 1973, Osborne Industries designs and manufactures innovative equipment for the management of swine operations. Osborne’s products include systems in support of animal genetics, market sorting, temperature-controlled heating pads and big wheel feeders. The company is recognized in the industry for its design capabilities and creative use of engineered plastics. Visit for details.

Osborne began exporting in 1979, and today, the company’s products can be found in 39 countries. Exports account for 24 percent of total company sales and have grown 73 percent in the past three years, including a 37 percent increase from 2008-09. The company maintains offices in the United Kingdom and China and operates a 24-hour hotline in support of excellent customer service.

The Kansas Department of Commerce will begin accepting nominations for the 2011 Exporter of the Year in December. Visit for details.

For details, contact:

Joe Monaco, Public Information Officer
Kansas Department of Commerce
(785) 296-3760

Kristi Ohnsat
Osborne Industries
(785) 346-2192, ext 114


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