Sawyer Mfg Company Named National Exporter of the Year

Release Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2015
Larry Weatherford, 405-609-8012

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today that Sawyer Mfg Company has been named 2015 Exporter of the Year. 

“It is a great honor for Sawyer Mfg Company and their dedicated workforce to receive this award,” Dottie Overal, Oklahoma SBA District Director said. “While Oklahoma is in the heart of America, this award demonstrates that our products and services reach all areas of the globe.”

As a national award winner, representatives of the company will be recognized at the National Small Business Week celebration in Washington, DC, May 8, 2015.

“I believe Sawyer is a special place, because we all work toward a greater purpose,” Drew Martins, Sales and Marketing, said.  “We believe that we are manufacturing pipeline equipment that makes folks’ job easier and keeps them safer.  I am proud to be a small part of this enduring legacy started by Red Sawyer.”

Criteria used to determine the national winner included increased sales, profits and growth of employment because of exporting; creative overseas marketing strategies; and assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.

Sawyer Mfg Company submitted their award packet on behalf of the employees of the Tulsa small business.

“Sawyer has a great atmosphere and good people to be around.” Ryan Freeman, Assembly said.

“I like the work, Brad Hale, Machinist, said.  “I like working for Tom and Dave.  I didn’t know anything, and they took me under their wing and taught me what they know.  I was given an opportunity.  Now I get to do the same for the guys under me.” 

The Oklahoma District Office of the SBA is responsible for providing businesses with tools for enhancing and growing their businesses. It also oversees the delivery of SBA's programs throughout the state such as:

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting a business through SCORE, the Oklahoma Small Business Development Centers, and the Women’s Business Center.  These organizations also conduct training events throughout the district.
  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
  • Business development assistance via the 8(a) program, available to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • Veterans assistance through the Boots to Business program and dedicated lending programs for Veterans

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Oklahoma District office at 405/609-8000.