Idaho companies pursue opportunities in South America and Australia
Members of Idaho’s off-road cluster – featuring Klim in Idaho Falls (www.KLIM.com), Rekluse in Boise (www.rekluse.com) and Pro Moto Billet in Nampa (www.promotobillet.com) – are about to apply what they learned in the classroom to the global marketplace, specifically South America and Australia.
This month, Rekluse representatives are traveling to São Paulo, Brazil and Santiago, Chile to meet with potential customers. Off-road importers from Australia also are being invited to visit Idaho and members of the cluster in late May/early June.
“All three markets are showing robust growth in the off-road industry and provide tremendous long-term opportunities,” said Amy Benson of the U.S. Commercial Service in Boise, which is arranging both trade missions with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Commerce.
The three Idaho companies recently graduated from the Export Excellence Program – partnership of the U.S. Commercial Service, the Idaho District Export Council, the Idaho Department of Commerce, TechHelp and the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Companies selected have demonstrated they have a product with export potential, have interest from foreign buyers and need a plan to develop that interest or want to expand their exports.
After three months of extensive class work conducted by export professionals in various disciplines, they are ready to step out and apply what they learned.
“This program is a wonderful example of federal and state economic development agencies working together to grow the exports of the Idaho recreational technology industry,” said Gary A. White, president of P’Chelle International, the consultant on the project. P’Chelle International specializes in industrial cluster development, best known in Idaho for the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program in Lewiston and the River Ridge Recreational Technology Center in Potlatch.
For more information contact Amy Benson, director, Boise Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service at 208.364.7791 or by email. Photos are available upon request.