Two local companies were named finalists Monday for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award.
The winners will be announced June 12 at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment, the state’s annual business awards ceremony, at the Kansas State Alumni Center in Manhattan.
Local winners include:
• Bunting Magnetics, Newton – The company builds machinery that uses industrial magnets in a variety of industries, from pulling metal from streams of industrial plastic waste to holding metal plates to printing presses.
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Founded in Chicago in 1959 by Walter Bunting, the company has been run by his son, Bob Bunting, for nearly 20 years.
Bunting has taken the company international in recent years, buying an English magnets manufacturer in 2008, as well as a purchasing office in China and a licensee in Australia. Export sales now account for 25 percent of Bunting’s sales.
In the last three years, the company has introduced 22 new product lines found in more than 25 countries, according to the state.
Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment.
• GlobalParts.aero, Augusta – A distributor of aviation spare parts, the company offers a wide variety of parts needed to keep general, corporate and regional aircraft operational. It is an approved vendor for Hawker Beechcraft that uses only FAA-certified repair stations that meet high standards and are ISO/ASA certified.
The company has a 100,000-square-foot warehouse, according to its website. Exports now account for more than 18 percent of company sales and it recently opened a warehouse in South Africa.
A company official declined comment.
Other finalists include: Bergkamp of Salina, Pitsco of Pittsburg and Tank Connections of Parsons.