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Alabama 2016 Export Awards Go to 8 Companies

[ March 11, 2016   //   ]

Eight Alabama companies have been honored with a Governor’s Trade Excellence Award for their successful exporting strategies.

For Cherokee’s Life Data Labs Inc., one of this year’s winners, exporting has been a regular part of its business for more than 30 years. About one-third of the company’s sales are international.

Life Data Labs makes a hoof supplement and other animal nutrition and health care products sold internationally. The family-owned, 15-employee operation manufactures animal nutrition and health care products, including its flagship Farrier’s Formula, a hoof supplement that’s a household name in the equine world.

“Internationally, we sell to wholesale suppliers that sell to tack and feed shops, farriers and veterinarians,” said Darryl G. Spencer, Life Data Labs’ chief financial officer. “The ultimate consumers of our products are primarily horse and dog owners.”

The United Kingdom and Germany are the company’s two largest international markets, while Mexico was the fastest-growing last year.

Life Data

Other winners of the 2016 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards are:  Aker Solutions, GATR Technologies, Linden Lumber, MapuSoft Technologies, MMI Outdoor, Schreiber, and TriVector Services.

Aker Solutions Inc. of Mobile, which offers energy companies a wide range of expertise, including subsea production equipment and offshore field design. The firm also does maintenance and other services to extend the lifetime of oil and gas fields.


GATR Technologies of Huntsville manufactures highly-deployable inflatable satellite communication (SATCOM) terminals enabling high-bandwidth satellite communications in remote areas. The systems are being used by military, commercial and humanitarian aid organizations across the globe.


Linden Lumber LLC is a hardwood sawmill located in Linden and is one of the largest single-site sawmills in the U.S. The company’s customer base stretches from California to New York and beyond, across Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. It recently added sales and support staff and a new office in Shanghai.


MapuSoft Technologies of Mobile provides software solutions used in embedded devices in the military/aerospace, telecom/networking, medical, automotive and consumer electronics industries. The company’s tools are used to migrate embedded software to new operating systems and develop new applications that run on multiple computing environments.


MMI Outdoor Inc. of Montgomery designs, manufactures and distributes institutional and recreational outdoor products, including specialty tents designed for wildland fire fighters. The company is a manufacturer of choice for the U.S. military and the wildland fire fighters of the U.S. Forest Service.


Schreiber LLC of Trussville has installations at more than 2,000 waste water treatment facilities worldwide. The company has provided design, (with more 25 patents on product lines from screw pumps to tertiary filtration), fit and finish, on-site expertise and responsive service since 1979.


TriVector Services Inc. of Huntsville is an engineering firm working in the defense and energy arenas. The company has decades of experience in the U.S. and international space industry, including work on the Hubble Space Telescope, International Space Station, Constellation Program and the new NASA Space Launch System.