In October, World Trade Center Savannah announced that Dorel Home Furnishings was the recipient of the 2021 World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year award. The award was given during the second annual Prosperity Through Trade Luncheon that featured financial journalist and bestselling author Ron Insana as the keynote speaker.
Dorel Home Furnishings is a Canadian company established in 1962 that located a distribution center in Bryan County in 2016. Dorel brands are recognized globally, and the company employs approximately 8,900 people in 25 countries. Two of Dorel’s three business segments perform distribution operations in Georgia via the Port of Savannah, and the local center employs more than 350 families in the area. The award was presented by Georgia Southern University’s President Dr. Kyle Marrero.
“We are proud to name Dorel Home Furnishings as our 2021 International Business of the Year,” said Marrero. “Georgia Southern University’s relationships with our regional businesses are crucial to our mission and to the strength of Southeast Georgia, and we are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this award.”
Given annually, the World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year award recognizes companies that excel in international trade and acknowledges the importance of trade to the region’s economy. This year’s award was sponsored by Georgia Southern University.
As a hybrid of both domestic and imported manufactured products, Dorel’s international suppliers are critical partners in their supply chain. With disruptions in the global supply chain, the most critical component of the business is a reliable infrastructure, which they find at the Georgia Ports Authority.
“One of the things we like at Dorel Home is the family atmosphere,” said Dorel Home Furnishings Vice President of Supply Chain Dwayne Carpenter. “We love being in Georgia. I think the values that are represented in the community resonate well with our company. We feel that we’re a proud partner in the great State of Georgia and we look forward to bigger and brighter things ahead.”
“They’re very engaged and always striving to find the best ways to hire employees and to keep employees,” said Development Authority of Bryan County Executive Director Anna Chafin. “They remain up to speed on tax credits and they work with the state to ensure they maximize the benefits offered there. It has been a true pleasure to work with Dorel.”
This award is presented to encourage and recognize exemplary corporate leadership for international business or trade that advances relations between the U.S. and other nations as well as creates quality jobs in the region.