By NIKKI YOUNK
AMASA - Governor Rick Snyder and representatives from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) visited Amasa on Thursday to honor Connor Sports Flooring with a Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year award.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, tours the Connor Sports Flooring plant in Amasa with plant manager Conrad Stromberg.
Connor Sports manufactures northern hard maple sourced from Michigan into strip flooring for sports floor applications. The company also designs and manufactures proprietary subfloor technology.
Floors by Connor Sports can be found in the annual NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament, the NBA, and in more than 40 countries on six continents.
Following a tour of the Connor Sports plant, Governor Snyder thanked the company for promoting Michigan through its superior products on both a national and an international level.
"Lots of people tell me that the Final Four floors are made right here in Michigan," he said. "You bring great pride to our state."
Governor Snyder pointed out that Connor Sports uses mostly Michigan wood, manufactures products in Michigan, and employs Michigan residents.
"Made in Michigan means something special," he added. "The agricultural products grown and processed in Michigan are the best in the world and gaining a growing share of global markets."
Since Connor Sports has increased its international exports from 10 percent of its overall business to 26 percent of its overall business in just five years, Governor Snyder and MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams felt that the company was more than deserving of the Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year award.
"Connor Sports is a long-term player in the export market and has experienced year over year growth in its exports," said Clover Adams. "It was clear that Connor Sports has taken a very tactical and successful approach to reaching out across the globe to find potential export markets."
Connor Sports President and CEO Ron Cerny was pleased to win the award.
"It truly is an honor," he said. "We appreciate the state recognizing us."
As a token of appreciation, Connor Sports presented Governor Snyder with a miniature "Pure Michigan" basketball court.
Governor Snyder has been touring the Upper Peninsula this week, making stops in Ironwood, Marquette, and the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba. He is scheduled to wrap up the tour today with appearances in Newberry and Sault Ste. Marie.
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