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Phenix Technology, Inc. Riverside-Based Company and Beneficiary of the Office of Foreign Trade’s Services Gets Recognition on National TV

A Riverside-based company that does business around the globe was featured on the Discovery Science Channel in August 2017 for its fire helmets, which it’s been making since 1972. Phenix Technology, Inc. has worked closely with the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade for several years, evolving from novice exporter to savvy international business. The company’s overseas business has grown by 100 percent in the four years that the Office of Foreign Trade has been assisting Phenix, and now the company has made it onto the program “How It’s Made.” The program offers a close-up look at the helmets Phenix has been producing for 45 years. The program and a related article in The Press-Enterprise can be found here:

The Office of Foreign Trade trained Phenix staff in exports back in 2013, helped introduce and promote the business to fire departments across the country and internationally and introduced the company to resources provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration and the Center for International Trade Development. Phenix also has been included in foreign trade missions locally with countries like Germany, Turkey and Vietnam. Some of that assistance was covered in a Press-Enterprise article four years ago:

http://www.pe.com/2014/07/26/riverside-county-trade-office-taps-international-markets-for-local-companies/

The company now does business with countries from Mexico to Thailand and continues to look for new opportunities to grow. As recently as two months ago, Angel Sanchez Jr., director of global operations for Phenix, joined Office of Foreign Trade staff at a meeting with a trade delegation from Can Tho, Vietnam. He made yet another connection at that meeting with a Vietnamese business looking to import fire protection equipment to Can Tho, which is the latest city to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the Office of Foreign Trade. Sanchez is hopeful that new connection will lead to even more international business for the thriving company.

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