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Minnesota Company Relying on Exports for Growth

Safety Speed Cut Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Export Destinations: 
Mexico, United Arab Emirates, France and United Kingdom
EXIM Bank Product: 
Multi-Buyer Export Credit Insurance


Since 2005, Safety Speed Cut Manufacturing (Safety Speed), a 22-employee maker of power saws in Ham Lake, Minnesota, has had an EXIM Bank small business multi-buyer policy. During that time, the company's export sales have increased 20 percent, and Safety Speed expects to add more jobs by the third quarter of this year. This is promising news as the company had to lay off three employees in 2009 due to the economic downturn.

The insurance policy has allowed Safety Speed to sell more to foreign buyer as they no longer have to pay cash-in-advance. Exports now represent 25 percent of Safety Speed's total sales compared to the usual 8 or 9 percent share in previous years. The company's main markets include France, UK, UAE and Mexico, and is expecting to expand into India and Brazil.

We continue to look at exports as a great growth opportunity, in part thanks to EXIM Bank support. EXIM Bank has helped us maintain jobs. We feel more protected with existing international distributors as well as new ones.
Brian Donahue, President