Ritchie Industries is 2023 Small Business Exporter of the Year

CONRAD — For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and champions. The SBA will present the 2023 Region VII and Iowa Small Business Exporter of the Year awards to Robert Amundson, president and CEO of Ritchie Industries in Conrad, during a visit to the business by Gabe Esparza, SBA associate administrator of the Office of International Trade and Mindy Brissey, SBA regional administrator from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on June 6 at Ritchie Industries, Inc., 120 S. Main St. in Conrad.

Ritchie Industries produces livestock watering tanks that are insulated, heated and free flowing to supply continuous fresh water to livestock. The company’s products are suitable for beef and dairy cattle, hogs, horses, sheep, goats and exotic livestock. The products are built to withstand extreme weather conditions. Products range from a single stall waterer to fountains that accommodate 500 head of cattle. Some products are built to attach to a stall or fence line, while others are free standing. Products are heavily insulated and are constructed of stainless steel and/or roto-cast polyethylene for a long, freeze-free service life.

Exporting represents more than 22 percent of Ritchie’s sales, with products being exported to Canada, Europe, Japan and the Middle East. Most of the sales to Canada, Europe and Asia are for larger units that are used in cattle and dairy operations. Exports are responsible for creating 17 jobs at the Conrad manufacturing plant.


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