HELENA, Mont. – Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote on Tuesday presented an award to a Glendive business for its success selling products to international markets.
SRS Crisafulli is the 2017 Exporter of the Year, a distinction awarded by the Montana District Export Council. Director Haxby-Cote praised the business for raising awareness of Montana products and for being a model to which others may aspire.
“I applaud the staff at SRS Crisafulli for their work bringing high-quality Montana products to markets across the globe,” she said. “Their success illustrates what’s possible with a strategic export plan, and they have a positive impact in their local community and on Montana’s economy.”
SRS Crisafulli engineers, manufactures, sells and services water pumps and dredges to clean and transfer water. It assembles products on-site almost entirely with parts made in Montana. It has been in business since 1966 and employs 24 people, making it a significant presence in eastern Montana.
The business has exported to more than 35 countries, recently adding Haiti and Ecuador. From 2015 to 2017, it increased exports by 65 percent to account for more than one-fifth of its total sales.
“Glendive is a great place to build product, and we have a talented team,” said President/CFO Laura Fleming. “We are always mindful of our customers and where the products are shipping. The company has successfully explored export markets since early in its 50 years and appreciates the work Commerce does to make sure we stay in it.”
SRS Crisafulli previously received the award in 2008.