ExporTech was a powerful process to get our company focused on growth through exporting. Thanks to the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, we skipped years of mistakes and that is invaluable to our future business.
Pat Crane met with Rob Nock and other company leaders. He suggested ExporTech as starting point in exploring international sales. ExporTech is a program of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, it is coordinated by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and helps manufacturers develop a customized international growth plan, vetted by experts. Based on a series of carefully designed tools and templates, organizations move quickly beyond planning to actual export sales.
Nock was specifically interested in reaching Canadian and Mexican markets. ExportTech looked at Preston Eastin’s specific situation and helped the company navigate complex issues like U.S. export and Canadian-Mexican import compliance issues; NAFTA rules of origin; international market research; international finance issues; and shipping. On average, ExportTech helps American manufacturers save 120 hours in research and strategy-building time, where one mistake can set a company back months.
Following ExporTech, Crane and Nock coordinated closely with Oklahoma State University’s International Trade Center. Preston-Easton is now working with several international clients in Canada and Mexico, while solid leads are developing in Saudi Arabia and other markets around the world.