Two Kootenay companies finalists in BC Export Awards

Two Kootenay companies are finalists in the BC Export Awards honouring BC’s Top Exporters.

Picture of worker in wood factory.

ATCO Wood Products is a leading producer of softwood veneers and related by-products. — Photo courtesy ATCO Wood/BigDoer website

Two Kootenay companies are finalists in the BC Export Awards honouring BC’s Top Exporters. Both companies are competing in the Natural Resources category and the award winner will be recognized at a luncheon in Vancouver on November 24th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The two companies are ATCO Wood Products of Fruitvale and Global Fruit of Creston.

ATCO Wood Products, Fruitvale: Located in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, ATCO Wood Products is a leading producer of softwood veneers and related by-products. They specialize in producing custom softwood veneer for plywood and engineered wood products customers in both Canada and the United States.  ATCO Wood Products is also one of the largest forestry management companies in the West Kootenays, with licenses and contracts to sustainably manage approximately 315,000 acres (127,000 hectares). The company employs over 60 people.

Global Fruit, Creston: Established in 2002, Global Fruit markets the finest Canadian Cherries grown in the Okanagan and Creston Valleys of British Columbia to Asia, UK, Europe and to the United States. They only market export premium quality fruit. They work directly with some of the finest growers in Canada to provide the freshest solution for your cherry needs. There is a tremendous demand for the high quality late season cherries that British Columbia is famous for.  

Picture of worker sorting cherries by hand.

Global Fruit markets the finest Canadian cherries grown in the Okanagan and Creston valleys of British Columbia to Asia, UK, Europe and the United States. — Photo courtesy GlobalFruit

The BC Export Awards annually seeks out BC’s Top Exporters and honours companies for their excellence and achievements in 9 categories, including 8 directed at firms and 1 at individuals. The Awards are presented by, Business in Vancouver,  the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology and the BC Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters with support from annual sponsors. It is the oldest awards ceremony of its kind in Canada.

The objectives of the BC Export Awards are:

  • To increase awareness amongst British Columbians of the important role that exporting makes to the provincial economy
  • To identify and reward British Columbia’s most successful and innovative exporters
  • To promote BC’s top exporters as corporate role models in order to stimulate greater involvement in exporting amongst the province’s business community
  • To further develop community awareness of the importance of exporting to the province’s economic future

The Natural Resources Award recognizes companies that are engaged in marketing, processing and primary production of natural resources.


  • Must be a BC registered company
  • Produce goods and/or services that have significant Canadian benefits
  • Have earned foreign revenue in excess of $100,000 in the past fiscal year
  • Have been exporting for a minimum of 2 years
  • Established a presence in one or more geographic markets

Selection Criteria

  • Have a sound capital base with sufficient working capital to support their export activity
  • Demonstrated significant year-to-year percentage growth in value of export sales or increased sales volume over the past year
  • Demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles or other unique challenges in entering new international market(s)
  • Demonstrated quality of their export plan through use of innovation and strategies to promote brand awareness in their export market(s)
  • Shown notable growth in their overall business as a direct result of their export activities

We wish both companies success in the upcoming BC Export Awards and congratulate them on being finalists.

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