FARGO-Swanson Health Products, a Fargo-based vitamin and dietary supplement company, was named North Dakota's 2015 Exporter of the Year for its achievements in international expansion and its support of the state's export community.
Valley Worldwide Logistics Solutions, a freight transport group that provides export logistics services, received the 2015 Service to Exporters award for its dedication to solving logistics challenges for North Dakota exporters.
Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley presented the awards during the Global Business Awards ceremony Wednesday, March 30, at the Global Business Connections conference in Fargo. The conference continued Thursday and featured Peter Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist and author of "The Accidental Superpower."
Swanson Health Products was founded as a mail order catalog company by World War II veteran Leland Swanson in 1969 after a struggle with arthritis led him to explore natural health supplements.
The company began reaching international customers after its website was launched in the 1990s. In recent years, the company has pursued exporting, establishing 80 distributors in more than 50 countries. Swanson Health Products expanded into eight new countries in 2015.
Valley Worldwide Logistics Solutions has operated since 1979 and offers U.S. customs bonded trucking, "less-than container load" shipments to Europe and Asia, and monthly vessel sailings out of the Port of Duluth to Antwerp, Belgium.
Upcoming services include a container freight station at their Mapleton headquarters, customs-bonded warehousing and an inland container depot.