USSABC Leads Pennsylvania Companies on Business Development Mission

February 5, 2013 - The U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Center for Trade Development, led a business development mission of Pennsylvania companies to Riyadh and Dammam on February 2-4, 2013. The mission introduced Pennsylvania-based companies to the Saudi market and explored further business opportunities in the booming Saudi economy. This is the fourth business development mission that the USSABC has organized for the State of Pennsylvania.

The mission was led by Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker, currently serving his second four year term.  Senator Brubaker, an international business advocate, created the Senate International Commerce Caucus in 2010 in order to foster relationships and exchanges between Pennsylvania businesses and global markets. 

The mission included prominent Pennsylvania companies from a wide range of sectors, such as sustainable energy and engineering, power and lighting technology, petrochemicals, industrial equipment and supplies, and medical equipment and healthcare. Edward Burton, Chief Executive Office and President of the USSABC, said “The Business Council is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Senator Brubaker and the Pennsylvania Center for Trade Development to promote Pennsylvania companies and their technologies in the Saudi market. There is a strong complementarity in products and services between the Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”

The mission program began in Riyadh where delegates attended briefings on the Saudi economy and business environment followed by one-on-one meetings with members of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives from Saudi companies. The delegates also attended a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel in Senator Brubaker’s honor, where they had the opportunity to network with high-level executives of the Business Council’s Saudi member companies. 

Upon arriving in Dammam, the mission delegation, along with Eastern Province industry leaders and U.S. expatriate community businessmen, attended a dinner co-hosted by the American Business Association of the Eastern Province.  On the mission’s final day, delegates received a presentation from the Saudi Electricity Company followed by a luncheon and one-on-one company meetings hosted by the Asharqia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  

Since forming a partnership with the Business Council in 2006, Pennsylvania has seen growing interest from local companies in doing business with the Kingdom.  As of September 2012, Pennsylvania’s exports to Saudi Arabia were valued at $238 million (SR892.5 million), making the Kingdom the 22nd largest export destination for the Keystone State’s companies.  Pennsylvania’s exports to Saudi Arabia have grown 34% since 2006 and it is currently the 16th largest state exporter to Saudi Arabia.  Main Pennsylvania exports include chemicals, machinery, primary metal manufacturers, computers and electronic products, and transportation equipment.

Participating Pennsylvania companies included:

Akrion Systems LLC is a leader in manufacturing high efficiency solar cells using technologies such as heterojunction and ion implant technologies.  Akrion Systems provides advanced surface preparation process solutions and systems, including single-wafer and batch-immersion cleaning tools for the microelectronic, photovoltaic and display industries. Akrion Systems’ customers produce a diverse range of products, including solar cells, integrated circuits for DRAM, Flash, Logic and MEMS as well as new and reclaimed semiconductor wafers, flat panel displays, and photomasks. Geographically, Akrion Systems supports multiple operations worldwide and maintains an international service network to provide total customer support and process solutions.  For more information, please visit

Dawood Engineering, Inc. is a multi-disciplined consulting firm that offers site/civil engineering services to governments and private entities, including State and Federal transportation departments, government site development projects, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, oil and natural gas companies, and other commercial developers.  Dawood is experienced in a wide range of engineering services and utilizes its considerable expertise to develop solutions through project customization and prudent design elements, all with a goal of maximizing efficient use of their client’s project funds.  For more information, please visit  

Extrel CMS, LLC is a pioneer in the process mass spectrometry industry.  Extrel’s industrial systems are designed for continuous analysis in environments that can be dirty, hot, and/or explosive.  Key markets served by Extrel’s process mass spectrometer business include hydrocarbon processing, environmental, pharmaceutical/biotechnology, semiconductors and metals production.  Extrel was founded on the quality of its mass spectrometer components and systems used in academic settings for research.  It continues to excel in this area with major basic research in atmospheric studies, renewable energy and biomedical fields relying on Extrel’s mass spectrometry systems.  For more information, please visit

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) was formed in 2007 by combining General Electric’s (GE) and Hitachi’s nuclear businesses.  GEH is recognized as the world’s foremost developer of boiling water reactors, robust fuel cycle products, and highly valued nuclear plant services.  The company is equipped to provide a range of services for existing plants aimed at improving performance and increasing longevity.  Furthermore, GEH’s fuel cycle and advanced reactor technologies provide customers with dependable and innovative solutions for cleaner  and more cost-effective nuclear energy.  For more information, please visit

Ice Qube, Inc is a manufacturer of closed loop air conditioners designed to cool electronics.  Markets for these products include oil and gas, information and communications technology, industrial automation, pharmaceuticals, food/beverage, wastewater and any application in the electronic enclosure industry. Ice Qube is ISO 9001:2008 certified and its product line is UL, cUL, CE certified.  Products include closed loop air conditioners, heat exchangers, filtered fan systems, and thermal control accessories.  For more information, please visit

Klinge Corporation is the leading manufacturer of specialized transport refrigeration and power generation equipment. The customized designs offer customers robust alternatives to standard, mass-produced refrigerated containers that often cannot meet the requirements of harsh environments or stringent testing.  The company’s Explosion-Proof Refrigerated Containers comply with the ATEX Directive generally used by companies for equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as those encountered on oil rigs, oil tankers, and other offshore locations.  Additionally, Klinge’s Dual Refrigerated Containers provide the utmost reliability and safety of dangerous or high value goods by featuring two full-capacity refrigeration units for 100 percent backup with automatic switchover, temperature recorder, and satellite monitoring and tracking system.  For more information, please visit

Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania comprises Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  As part of the Ivy League institution of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine is among the most prestigious academic medical centers in the world, built on an ongoing tradition of breakthrough discoveries and innovations, excellence in training tomorrow’s physicians and scientists, and safe and compassionate patient care. Both the medical school and the health system have been among the highest ranked institutions by U.S. News and World Report.  For more information, please visit

Pennoni Associates is a multidiscipline engineering and design consulting firm that provides personalized services and solutions to meet the needs of diverse clients.  Pennoni provides services to local, state, federal, and international governments, private, commercial, industrial, and construction clients as well as to other professional firms. Professional disciplines include civil, structural, MEP, environmental, geotechnical, and transportation engineering, as well as construction services, surveying, lab testing, and water/wastewater design. Pennoni ranked 92nd on the Engineering News-Record’s 2012 list of Top 500 Design Firms, 169th on the 2012 Top 200 Environmental Firms list, and 64th on their list of the Top 100 ‘Pure’ Designers.  For more information, please visit

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a business-focused energy firm with particular strengths in energy law, commercial transactions, labor, employment, and litigation. For nearly a century, Steptoe has demonstrated its commitment to quality, devoting personal attention, experience, skill, and resources to client-focused service.  The firm has a longstanding commitment to helping clients find cost-effective solutions for their problems, from the routine to the most complex.  Steptoe works collaboratively with in-house counsel to fashion strategies and solutions that promise the greatest value to the client.  For more information, please visit

Streamlight, Inc. is the leading provider of premium portable lighting solutions distributed in over 80 countries supplying both the professional and retail trade.  The company manufactures and markets rechargeable and non-rechargeable LED and incandescent flashlights and lanterns for both professional and retail/consumer end users.  Core markets include safety rated products for mining and industry, professional applications for law enforcement and Fire/EMS channels, gun mounted lights for military, sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, and specialty lights for automotive and do-it-yourself (DIY) applications. Streamlight produces the widest variety of portable lighting products from basic key chain lights to lanterns that have over 1 million candlepower that can light up objects over 1.5 miles in distance.  For more information, please visit

UMF Medical is a trusted manufacturer of exam room equipment for use in physician’s offices, hospitals, and clinics around the world.  UMF Medical’s Complete Exam Room Solutions include exam tables, power procedure chairs and tables, stools, casework, side chairs, blood draw chairs, mobile diagnostic carts, cabinets, treatment and supply carts.  The company  also manufactures a line of stainless steel health care equipment, including instrument tables and cabinets, IV poles, mayo stands, and newborn bassinets.  Named “Exporter of the Year” by the United States SBA in 2011, UMF Medical is recognized around the globe for excellent quality and value in healthcare equipment.  For more information, please visit

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