Alliance Rubber Company Awarded for Growth in Exports
HOT SPRINGS, AR., May 23, 2013 –Alliance Rubber Company, a leading global supplier of rubber bands, office and packaging supplies, announced today that they were one of four Arkansas companies recognized Wednesday at the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.
The fourth-annual awards luncheon was hosted by Gov. Mike Beebe. The event recognized the state’s top exporters in four categories – agriculture, small manufacturer, medium manufacturer and large manufacturer.
Alliance was selected as the recipient for medium manufacturers. All award winners were selected by the Arkansas District Export Council, comprised of state business, education and government leaders. Judging criteria includes the most recent percentage of export sales to total sales, growth of export sales in the last three years, the company’s export goals, and, when applicable, the number of jobs saved or created due to export sales.
Alliance Rubber, which produces rubber bands and other related products, was founded in Alliance, Ohio, in 1923. It opened a Hot Springs plant in 1944 after founder William Spencer visited the city for its hot baths. In 1991, the company officially moved its headquarters to Hot Springs and consolidated all its operations there.
“Exports make up about 9 percent of our sales,” said Bonnie Swayze, Spencer’s daughter and President of Alliance Rubber Company. “We export to 28 countries including Peru, where Alliance rubber bands are used to hold together bundles of asparagus.”
The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade is presented by the Arkansas District Export Council, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Arkansas World Trade Center in Rogers and the U.S.
About Alliance Rubber Company
Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been dedicated to “Holding Your World Together.” The company has grown into a global leader with over 2,100 skus of mailing, shipping, office and packaging products sold through dealers in 28 countries. Under the current leadership of Bonnie Swayze, president, Alliance continues its long history of innovation. Pioneering the women’s entrance into the boardroom, Bonnie was the first female board member of the Wholesale Stationers Association, and has served on the WBENC board and other HUB organizations.
SOURCE: Alliance Rubber Company