February 04, 2009

Suzanne West
(804) 545-5806
Roanoke Company Selected to Participate in Virginia’s VALET Program
-Two-year program provides resources to support international business-

RICHMOND - The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) today announced the acceptance of a Roanoke company, PESCO-BEAM into its two-year Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) program. Launched in January 2002, the program assists exporters in the Commonwealth that have firmly established domestic operations and are committed to international exporting as an expansion strategy.

PESCO-BEAM joins the program as part of the 15th class of VALET companies. To participate, each eligible business must meet several quantitative criteria and complete an application process. Participating firms are chosen based on their dedication to growth through export. Currently, more than 100 Virginia companies have been accepted to participate in the VALET program.

PESCO, Inc., established in 1991, produces custom designed and manufactured, turnkey, skid mounted, affordable systems for solvent recovery, used oil recovery, soil remediation, ethanol production, biodiesel production and byproduct recovery, evaporation and wastewater treatment. In November 2007, after investing 12 years of training and learning in a fabrication partnership with Beam Engineering of Chennai, India, PESCO and Beam Engineering merged to form an international corporation PESCO-BEAM Environmental Solutions, with PESCO-BEAM Environmental Solutions, Inc. located in Roanoke, Virginia and PESCO-BEAM Environmental Solutions, Pvt. Ltd, located in Chennai, India. PESCO-BEAM has more than 30 recovery systems in place on three continents.

“PESCO-BEAM today continues to build on the legacy of PESCO’s well documented superior technology as a leader in the design and manufacture of recovery systems,” said Ashok Ganapathy, General Manager at the Roanoke facility.

"PESCO-BEAM has already participated in the Accessing International Markets (AIM) program of 2006-2007, and one very profitable trade mission with VEDP to the Middle East,” said Luke Staengl, President. “Our excellent and productive experience with both of those programs is the main reason we are interested in participating in the VALET program. Our business is highly dependent on a successful export program, so we are eager to learn."

The VALET program incorporates services from a team of experienced international service providers who assist the VALET companies with their international goals. Service providers such as attorneys, Web designers, bankers, translators and freight-forwarders contribute essential skills for expansion into international markets.

“VALET welcomes PESCO-BEAM into the program,” said Leslie Parpart, VALET Program Manager. “We look forward to working with its international team over the course of the next two years to assist the company in exceeding export goals.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Division of International Trade earned the coveted President's "E Star" Award for Export Service. The President's "E Star" Award was created in 1969 to recognize continued superior performance in increasing or promoting exports. Only previous recipients of the "E" Award are eligible, and the period of consideration covers the most recent three years of export operation. During the 2005-2007 period of consideration, VEDP's International Trade Division assisted more than 100 Virginia companies through its export development programs, Accessing International Markets (AIM) and Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET).

NASBITE International, a multi-national professional trade organization, awarded its 2007 Program Excellence Award to the VEDP Division of International Trade’s VALET program. The Program Excellence Award is given to recognize innovation and originality in international trade education, counseling, training and research. The VALET program stood out because of its successful pairing of resources, state funding and private-sector support to promote and expand international sales for Virginia companies.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a marketing organization, was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995 to encourage, stimulate, and support the development and expansion of the economy of the Commonwealth. The Partnership is a state authority, which is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and the Virginia General Assembly. To accomplish its objectives of promoting economic expansion within the Commonwealth, the Partnership focuses its efforts on business recruitment, expansion and international trade. VEDP has offices in Virginia, Belgium, Hong Kong, Mexico and Japan.

To learn more about the VALET program, contact Leslie Parpart, VALET Program Manager, at or visit the programs tab at


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