AMR Selected to Participate in VALET Program


ROCKY GAP – The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has announced the acceptance of American Mine Research, Inc. into the January 2013 VALET Class of its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the Commonwealth of Virginia that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy.

American Mine Research, Inc. (AMR) of Rocky Gap, VA in Bland County was established in 1975 by Robert G. Graf to support the mining industry’s need for enhanced safety through the use of electrical ground continuity monitors. Presently, AMR has over 40,000 circuits of the pilotless monitor in operation throughout the world. Over the past 37 years, AMR’s product and service offerings have expanded to satisfy the needs of surface mining, underground mining, and the aggregates industry. AMR’s product lines now include Ground Monitors, Circuit Breakers, Atmospheric Monitoring, Automation & Control Solutions, Battery Indicators, Speed & Tilt Switches, Personnel Tracking, and Wireless Communication Systems such as the new Mine Net™ Mesh Wi-Fi system for real time text and voice. American Mine Research is currently seeking sales partners in all mining regions around the globe.

On the evening of January 15th, VEDP celebrated the 10th anniversary of the award-winning VALET program at the Richmond Omni with graduates of the program, as well as current participants, the 21 private-sector Program Partners, and selected members of the Virginia General Assembly and economic development community. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the U.S. served as special guest speaker.

Currently, the VALET program has 50 companies as participants. The program provides participating companies assistance from the Commonwealth and a team of experienced international service providers to help meet their international goals. These private sector service providers, such as attorneys, website designers, bankers, translators, accountants and freight forwarders, contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing their export initiatives.

AMR joins the program as part of the 23rd class of the VALET program. To participate, the company had to meet several financial criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export.

“The VALET program generates international sales for Virginia businesses,” said Paul Grossman, VEDP Vice President of International Trade. “Since its inception in 2002, the program has worked with more than 188 businesses to accelerate their international sales growth. Because of the program’s proven success and because jobs are created when Virginia companies sell more into global markets, it is important that we continue to assist Virginia companies through the program. We are happy to welcome these companies to VALET and look forward to working with them over the course of the next two years.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Belgium, Shanghai, Mexico, Japan, India and the United Kingdom.

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