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NOW International Earns IL Export Award

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill.—Illinois Governor Pat Quinn presented NOW International with the Governor’s Export Award for Continuing Excellence in Exporting in the large company (more than 500 employees) category. NOW Foods president Al Powers said the award recognizes NOW’s teamwork and its mission to help people live healthier lives with natural products.

The award recognizes businesses that exemplify significant contributions to Illinois’ economic development in the fields of export and manufacturing, service and agribusiness.  This was the second time the State of Illinois honored NOW International’s track record of growing exports; the company received a similar award for 2008. The company has also been recognized twice with the U.S. President’s “E" Award for Achievement in Export.

Powers accepted the award from Governor Quinn at a ceremony held at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mary Rose Hennessy, executive director, business innovation services of the University of Illinois Business Coalition, nominated NOW for the award.  

NOW Foods steady growth and expansion has created the need for additional workers in positions related to manufacturing and quality assurance, with 201 new jobs added in the last three years.  Since October 2000 NOW International, based in Bloomingdale, IL, has actively sought out export markets and has used many of the services offered through the state of Illinois Trade Office and the Illinois Dept. of Agriculture.

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