Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Expanding International Sales Through ExporTech™

Expanding International Sales Through ExporTech™

Photo Credit:

RD Industries specializes in the design, production, and distribution of closed loop chemical containment and dispensing systems. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, this family-owned business with 80 employees offers something rare in the industry, a truly closed loop solution. These dispensing systems are beneficial to many industries for use in schools, hospitals, restaurants, hotels, agricultural operations, wineries, and more. The company is dedicated to producing high-quality and customized dispensing options for its customers.

RD Industries has grown considerably since the release of its first caps and safety closures in 1968. The company has traditionally targeted chemical manufacturers in the janitorial and sanitation markets. RD Industries differentiates itself through its quality offerings and customization; products are developed around the specifications of individual clients while also taking into consideration the unique scientific properties of the chemical(s) to be contained and/or dispensed. Although RD Industries is not new to exporting, the company has faced challenges in growing international sales. Obstacles include having to meet different regulatory requirements and certifications in foreign countries/regions, and competing against much larger companies that already have a global presence.

The ExporTech program gave us the tools to focus on our international business development. I would recommend this program to anyone needing help exporting and/or looking to expand globally for the first time.  —Raquel Kangas, International Sales Manager

RD Industries heard about ExporTech™ through the State of Nebraska. After learning more through Nebraska MEP, part of the MEP National NetworkTM, the company decided to take advantage of the program. Over a three-month period, representatives from RD Industries attended sessions on the export process and various available services. The training participants networked with other manufacturers, met with a designated coach, and developed an export marketing plan unique to their goals and objectives. To vet the plan, they shared their work with a panel of experienced manufacturing exporters.

According to Raquel Kangas of RD Industries, ExporTech™ was a valuable planning tool, compelling staff to step back from their daily routines and give focused thought to the company’s international expansion goals. ExporTech™ helped RD Industries to develop a process and formal strategy to grow sales into the mining, agriculture, winery, dairy, and oil industries, and to identify foreign markets for expansion. The plan is a living document that the company continues to rely on to increase sales, invest in new products, and create and retain jobs.


  • Increased international sales by $250,000 last year through entry into new markets
  • Invested $200,000 in product development and new molds
  • 3 new/retained jobs

Could your company benefit from assistance with exporting? Connect with your local MEP Center for more information.


MEP National Network Logo
The Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Nebraska. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at more than 400 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

About the author

Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Nebraska Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides expert consulting, diverse training programs, industry events and workshops, and customized assistance to enrich the productivity, technological performance, and competitiveness of the state's small- to medium-sized manufacturers.

Related posts


Add new comment

Enter the characters shown in the image.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Please be respectful when posting comments. We will post all comments without editing as long as they are appropriate for a public, family friendly website, are on topic and do not contain profanity, personal attacks, misleading or false information/accusations or promote specific commercial products, services or organizations. Comments that violate our comment policy or include links to non-government organizations/web pages will not be posted.