Vacuworx, manufacturer of vacuum and hydraulic lifting systems, received the 2017 Governor’s Award for Excellent in Exporting for the second time in four years. The award was presented at the 34th annual Oklahoma World Trade Conference at the Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business in Oklahoma City.

The export award was created to recognize the achievements of Oklahoma-based organization that have successfully entered the worldwide marketplace. Tulsa-based Vacuworx was nominated based on its commitment to investing in logistical, environmental and cultural resources and meeting fast-growing worldwide demand for reliable and economic material-handling solutions.

Since 1999, Vacuworks has been engineering and manufacturing heavy-duty lifting equipment for the oil-and-gas, water and sewer, highway and heavy construction, concrete construction, landscaping and manufacturing industries. By using Vacuworx Vacuum and Hydraulic lifting systems, companies can work faster with shorter loading and unloading cycles; safer with fewer ground personnel, reducing the risk of accidents; and smarter with the reduction of project completion times and payroll and insurance costs, the company said.

“We are in the business of protecting people,” said Vacuworx president Bill Solomon. “Ultimately we want to keep people safe in material-handling situations around the world. To do that, we get to know both our customers and their specific needs based on where they are operating. More and more of our customers have an international component to their business, and we strive to be in a position to support them wherever the next job may be.”

With offices in Australia and the Netherlands, as well as a growing global dealer network, Vacuworx had a 26-percent increase to export sales in 2016. Vacuworx is expecting another year of double-digit export growth, and continues to expand efforts to move parts and equipment closer to customers and dealers in Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

“Vacuworx is honored to be included among Charles Machine Works, TD Williamson, Mathey Dearman and the other past recipients,” added Solomon. “Starting at the local level, these world-class organizations work tirelessly to elevate the state of Oklahoma’s status in a global economy.”