Business Achievement: International Expansion

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Ducon Technologies Inc. (New York, NY) for significant expansion in India through its subsidiary Ducon Technologies (I) Pvt Ltd. Ducon India has made a significant foray into the Indian market for air pollution control systems since its inception in March 2005. Over the past six years, Ducon India has secured five of the seven flue gas desulfurization (FGD) system contracts to have been let in India and now has a staff of more than 125 engineering personnel there. Revenue has grown from $1 million in FY2005-06 to $ 25 million in FY2009-10. Ducon India was winner of Frost & Sullivan's "Niche Market Player 2009" award in the air pollution control segment and winner of Economic Times Now's "Leaders of Tomorrow 2010" award in the engineering products segment.

Enhesa S.A. (Brussels, Belgium) and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Enhesa Inc. (Washington, D.C.), for expansion of its business on several continents. In 2010, Enhesa added its 150th country to its geographic coverage. Over the past two years, the company has engaged in special efforts to expand its presence in Africa-for example, adding Botswana, Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia to the existing list-as well as the smaller Pacific nations, such as the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, and Caribbean countries such as Aruba and Barbados. This expansion has not only extended to new countries, but also to additional jurisdictions within countries. During 2010 Enhesa coverage expanded to include over 100 states, regions, and provinces, including all Canadian provinces, most Chinese provinces, and Australian and Brazilian states. Coverage of U.S. state requirements also continues to expand to include 38 states today. The firm expects that, by the end of 2011, all U.S. states will be covered as well. Over the past decade, Enhesa has seen continuous growth in revenue of greater than 20% per year.

Walker Consultants, Inc., dba Benchmark Environmental Consultants (Dallas , TX), for expansion in the international marketplace. Benchmark, a woman-owned, HUB-certified environmental consulting firm, crossed many new horizons in 2010, expanding its global footprint with environmental audit projects in Tianjin, China, and Krakow, Poland. Benchmark was able to gain valuable experience with European and Asian environmental regulations and compliance laws, thereby opening up new opportunities for the firm to gain experience and understanding of the differences between U.S. environmental structures and those of the rest of the world. During 2010, Benchmark also expanded its services to encompass wildlife hazard assessments, full environmental assessments, environmental permitting, and surveys in association with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).