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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2014

Contact:
Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Governor Hassan to Depart on Trade Mission to Turkey with Representatives of Seven New Hampshire Companies
Schedule Includes Meetings with Business Leaders, Business Groups in Istanbul, Ankara
CONCORD – In order to help connect New Hampshire businesses with new opportunities in Turkey’s market that will spur economic development and create jobs, Governor Maggie Hassan, Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) Commissioner Jeffrey Rose and representatives of seven New Hampshire companies will depart Friday night on a trade mission to Turkey.

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Turkey is a regional commercial hub and New Hampshire’s 12th-largest trading partner, and with a new direct flight between Boston and Istanbul, there are increasing opportunities for economic growth, especially in areas such as aerospace and defense, health and medical technologies, education and construction machinery.

Organized in partnership with the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) and the Turkish Cultural Center in Manchester, the trade mission features a series of meetings for members of the delegation with various Turkish companies and business groups in Istanbul and Ankara. Working with TUSKON, the state’s Office of International Commerce has also set up a series of individual matchmaking meetings with potential partners and customers for the New Hampshire businesses participating in the trade mission.

The trade mission builds on the progress that helped make New Hampshire the fastest-growing state for exports in 2013 by helping businesses market and sell their products to key business and government decision makers in Turkey. Last year, New Hampshire businesses sent more than $79 million in goods and services to Turkey.

"Promoting international trade is a crucial way that we will boost our economy and continue to build a stronger middle class and a brighter economic future for the Granite State," said Governor Hassan. "New Hampshire trade missions have been enormously beneficial to our state’s businesses and economy, and I’m very excited to help connect our businesses with new opportunities for growth, especially in sectors such as aerospace and defense, where our state is an emerging leader."

"I can’t overstate how valuable this trade mission is for Comptus," said Andrew White, President of Comptus. "By working closely with the New Hampshire Office of International Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service, Comptus has accessed new markets and realized significant growth in exports, and having the Governor lead our delegation will get us in the room with key decision-makers that will help us build on our success." Comptus, based in Thornton, is a leading manufacturer of environmental sensors, transmitters and controls.

DRED Commissioner Rose said, "I am excited to be working with Governor Hassan in leading a diverse set of New Hampshire businesses to Turkey. Opening doors to strategic markets around the world is an important role the state can provide to our small businesses. We have an aggressive schedule that will provide senior-level meetings to develop partnerships for economic growth for New Hampshire’s economy."

New Hampshire businesses Comptus, Conductive Compounds, Demers & Blaisdell, Hinckley Allen, MAE Consulting Group, Rokon and Ulysses Advisory Group will join Governor Hassan on the trade mission.

"The value of the trade mission for my business is multifaceted," said Janet Kwiatkowski, President of MAE Consulting Group. "It will allow MAE Consulting Group to grow internationally, represent New Hampshire abroad, develop and attract New Hampshire talent, and assist other New Hampshire companies that we work with in international expansion through product approvals in target markets such as Turkey." Located in Deerfield, MAE Consulting Group assists companies seeking to gain market approval for medical devices in both domestic and international markets.

"We are excited to have this opportunity to introduce our company and products in the Turkish market," Bella Okyar, Financial Controller at Conductive Compounds, said. "Our goal is to increase our international sales and continue to grow, and we believe this trip will help us to reach that goal." Hudon’s Conductive Compounds is a high-tech manufacturer for the global electronics assembly market.

The bipartisan budget that Governor Hassan signed last year increased international trade assistance and restored funding for trade missions to help businesses market and sell their products around the globe.

See below for highlights from the Governor’s schedule (all times Eastern European Time):

Sunday, June 22 (Istanbul)

  • 6:00 PM Trade Mission Kickoff and Business Meeting with the Suzër Group. The Suzër Group is a major holding company in Turkey that invests in energy, finance, banking, building and construction, real estate development, tourism and food and beverages.

Monday, June 23 (Istanbul)

  • 8:00 AM Briefing with the US Consulate.
  • 10:15 AM Governor to hold Press Conference with Turkish media on New Hampshire trade and tourism.
  • 11:00 AM Meeting and open Q&A with Turkish economists, columnists and journalists.
  • 11:45 AM Promote New Hampshire businesses and trade during live interview with Bloomberg TV.
  • 12:30 PM Deliver keynote speech at the NH-Istanbul Business Summit. The summit will include approximately 150 Turkish business representatives.
  • 3:00 PM Promote New Hampshire businesses during live interview with Samanyolu TV.
  • 5:45 PM Visit Kimse Yok Mu. Kimse Yok Mu is a humanitarian relief organization focused on fighting poverty around the world, engaging in the following areas of activity: education, health, disaster, humanitarian aid, orphan, clean water and permanent projects.

Tuesday, June 24 (Istanbul)

  • 8:00 AM Business Meeting at Aksoy Holding. Aksoy Holding is a major holding company in Turkey that invests in energy, tourism and real estate, and construction.
  • 10:30 AM Business Meeting at Yildiz Holding. Yildiz Holding is an integrated food and beverages group.
  • 12:30 PM Deliver keynote speech at Koza Women and Business Association Lunch. The lunch will feature approximately 30-35 business representatives from the Koza Women and Business Association.
  • 3:00 PM Business Meeting at Istanbul Chamber of Industry. The Istanbul Chamber of Industry works to fulfill the existing and future needs of the Turkish industry through information, training and consulting services and increasing international competitiveness.
  • 6:00 PM Roundtable meeting to promote New Hampshire businesses and tourism at the Journalists and Writers Foundation.

Wednesday, June 25 (Istanbul)

  • 8:00 AM Business Meeting at Çolakoğlu Metalurji. Çolakoğlu Metalurji works on projects that protect the environment and finds ecological balances in construction/development, and is active in steel manufacturing, gas, LNG & electricity and financial services.
  • 9:45 AM Business Meeting at Garanti Bank. Garanti Bank is the second-largest private bank in Turkey.
  • 12:15 PM Visit Zaman Newspaper to promote New Hampshire trade and tourism.
  • 2:00 PM Promote New Hampshire businesses during interview with the Turkish Review.
  • 2:30 PM Promote New Hampshire businesses during Interview with Today’s Zaman.
  • 3:30 PM Business Meeting at LC Waikiki. LC Waikiki is a clothing retailer with 466 stores in 21 countries.
  • 5:15 PM Conference call with New Hampshire media.
    Note: Call-in information will be provided Tuesday, June 24. This takes place at 10:15 AM EST. Please RSVP to william.hinkle@nh.gov.
  • 6:00 PM Dinner with Florya Businessmen Association (Fiader). The dinner will include approximately 100 representatives from the Florya Businessmen Association.

Thursday, June 26 (Ankara)

  • 8:30 AM Promote trade and tourism in a meeting with Turkish public officials.
  • 12:30 PM Business Meeting with Koza Ipek Holding. Koza Ipek Holding holds more than 20 different firms in a variety of sectors, including energy, food, television and hotel management.
  • 3:30 PM Meeting at American Embassy with Deputy Chief of Mission Jess Baily.
  • 6:15 PM Deliver keynote address at Anatolian Businessmen Federation (ANFED). Approximately 100 members of ANFED will be in attendance.

Friday, June 27

  • 7:00 AM Departure for airport.