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Department of Commerce Honors Ross Labs

Ross Laboratories Inc. has been awarded an Export Achievement Certificate by the U.S. Commercial Service, a division of the Department of Commerce, for their efforts in developing new markets with sales that included Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The presentation was at a legislative reception and dinner held at Salty’s Restaurant in Seattle on May 30th 2006, to celebrate and recognize Washington State manufacturers as part of Manufacturers Appreciation Week. The award was given to six Seattle area companies in recognition of their efforts to promote their products internationally in a variety of markets.

Representative Jim McDermott presented the award to Jim Ross, president of Ross Laboratories. During his acceptance remarks, Ross thanked the Seattle office of the U.S. Commercial Service, and Karen Taylor, International Trade Specialist at the Department of Commerce Pacific Northwest U.S. Export Assistance Center.

“Karen has been most helpful in providing us with information regarding rules and regulations for exporting technical equipment to foreign countries. She has also followed up sales leads we have using their personnel based in particular country. Without her effort we would not have been able to pursue foreign markets with much success,” said Ross.

“We have one of our sweep systems in Slovenia and another in the Mackenzie River Delta, operated by the Canadians. They also have one of our 825 sounders mounted in a jet ski that they helicopter to the survey area in a cargo net. We sold a system in China and will be delivering a system to New Zealand before the end of the year. Laurie Smith from Del Norte Technology in the UK represents us in the UK and Europe. He put together the sale in Slovenia,” said Ross.

The company has introduced a new remote keypad that allows one-button control of the 16 most commonly used Hypack™ keyboard commands.

The Model 962 is a small handheld device with a 10-foot cable that plugs into any laptop or desktop USB port. The remote keypad can be located near the helm chair, allowing the boat operator to use one hand for running Hypack and “one hand for the wheel”. This can be very beneficial from an operational and safety standpoint when only one person is conducting a survey.

The single keypad control has become popular with users of the Ross 960 all-in-one survey system, and after a test period during a Columbia River survey, the 962 had quickly paid for itself.

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