(This article originally appeared on RacerXOnline.com)
Idaho’s Off-Road Cluster, featuring Klim in Idaho Falls (www.KLIM.com), Rekluse in Boise (www.rekluse.com) and Pro Moto Billet in Nampa (www.promotobillet.com) are going to apply what they learned in the classroom to the global marketplace, specifically South America and Australia. The first week of March, 2013 Klim and Rekluse will be traveling to São Paulo, Brazil and Santiago, Chile to meet with potential customers. Off-Road importers from Australia are being invited to visit Idaho and members of the Cluster in late May/early June.
According to Amy Benson, U.S. Commercial Service Boise, “all three markets are showing robust growth in the off-road industry and provide tremendous long term opportunities”. The U.S. Commercial Service Boise is arranging both trade missions with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Commerce.
The Export Program is the next logical step for these companies. Each of them recently graduated from the Export Excellence Program, a collaboration between the U.S. Commercial Service Boise, the Idaho District Export Council, the Idaho Department of Commerce, Techhelp and the Idaho Department of Agriculture. Companies selected have demonstrated they have a product with export potential, have seen interest from foreign buyers and need a plan to develop that interest or want to expand current exports.
After three months of extensive class work, conducted by export professionals in various disciplines, they are now ready to step out and apply what they have learned. “This program is a wonderful example of federal and state economic development agencies working together to grow the exports of the Idaho Recreational Technology Industry”, stated Gary A. White, President, P’Chelle International, the consultant on the project. P’Chelle International specializes in industrial cluster development, best known in Idaho for the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program in Lewiston and the River Ridge Recreational Technology Center in Potlatch.
For more information contact Amy Benson, Director, Boise Export Assistance Center, U.S. Commercial Service at 208-364-7791 or Amy.Benson@trade.gov. Photos are available upon request.