Salt Lake City - Governor Jon Huntsman released today the names of 20 organizations selected to participate in a trade mission to China October 16-20. The week-long mission, organized by the Governor's Office of Economic Development, will be focused on economic development, education and tourism.
"We are truly equipped to show China some of the best the great State of Utah has to offer during this mission," Governor Huntsman said. "This is an extremely important outreach effort for the State and I am encouraged so many Utah companies are working to expand into the global market China offers."
Companies applied to be included in the mission and will engage in meetings with Chinese government officials, US Embassy officials and local Chinese economic development officials. They will pay for their own trips. Organizations were chosen based on four main criteria including a focus on key industry clusters, job creation opportunities for Utah, clear company objectives and products/services that are a good fit with industry needs in China.
"This trade mission will give Utah companies a head start by opening the right doors and facilitating relationships, both political and commercial, that are critical for companies to succeed in China," said Brett Heimburger, GOED Asia director. "The long-term opportunities for Utah companies in China are extraordinary. Gaining access to the Chinese market does not happen overnight. It's a long process and relationships are key. This trip will allow Utah companies access to relationships that would be difficult for them to forge otherwise."
Currently invited to attend the mission are: Audio Enhancement, Cytozyme, Door-Oliver Eimco USA, Energy Solutions, Industrial Supply, Lifetime Products Inc., Nature's Sunshine Products, NuSkin, Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc., Parker Aerospace, Petersen Incorporated, Propay, Tahitian Noni, The SCO Group, USANA, Wencor Group, Western Leisure Travel Agency, Xango, Zero Manufacturing, Inc. and Zions Bank. Several colleges and universities may also be included.