Ohio booth at Israel’s AgroMashov International Tradeshow

Promoting Ohio Economic Opportunities at Israel’s AgroMashov
International Tradeshow, January 13-14, 2010

AgroMashov Symposium

Israel’s President and Agribusinesses Learn about Agricultural Trade Opportunities with Ohio at AgroMashov International Tradeshow

Cleveland, Ohio, February 12, 2010 – Ohio businesses in the agricultural sector were well represented at a special pavilion at AgroMashov 2010 International Exhibition for Agribusiness in Tel-Aviv, Israel on January 13-14, 2010 (www.mashov.net). The Ohio pavilion, part of the Ohio Israel Agricultural Initiative’s ongoing efforts to enhance Ohio-Israel agribusiness relations, catered to many visitors. Some were interested in products of the Ohio companies presented at the pavilion and others expressed interest in entering the U.S market, using Ohio as a gateway.

Chris Gibbs of Gibbs Farms, Maplewood, Ohio, Chairperson of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation Advisory Committee (right) discusses Ohio-Israel trade with Israel President Shimon Peres (left)
(Photo credit: Chris Gibbs).
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The Initiative, a brainchild of the Cleveland-based Negev Foundation (www.negev.org), also sponsored a symposium at the tradeshow, providing visitors with information about trade between Israel and the U.S. Representatives of USDA, U.S. Commercial Service, the Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative gave presentations at the symposium, reviewing economic opportunities for Israeli agribusinesses in Ohio.


The Ohio booth at Israel’s AgroMashov 2010 International Tradeshow.
From left to right: Shafrir Godel, AgroMashov 2010 consultant, Israel; Miriam Spector, Office Manager, State of Ohio - Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the Ohio Department of Development Global Markets Division, Tel Aviv, Israel; Sarah Horowitz, Program Director, the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation; Chris Gibbs of Gibbs Farms, Maplewood, Ohio, Chairperson of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation Advisory Committee; Erez Kantor, Sales Manager, Power & Energy, EMCOL, Israel, representing Ohio’s Gorman Rupp International; and Bob Cohen, CEO and Director of Business Assistance, Braintree Center for Business Innovation, Mansfield, Ohio, Chair, Tradeshows Sub-Committee of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation Advisory Committee

(Photo credit: Shafrir Godel).
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The President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, paid a visit to the tradeshow and discussed the Initiative’s activities in promoting agricultural exchange and trade between Israel and Ohio with Mr. Chris Gibbs of Gibbs Farms, Maplewood, Ohio, Chairperson of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation Advisory Committee. Mr. Gibbs was part of the Ohio delegation which traveled to Israel for this international tradeshow. Mr. Peres was impressed by the information he received from the Ohio delegation and encouraged the continuation of this unique mission.

Bob Cohen, CEO and Director of Business Assistance, Braintree Center for Business Innovation, Mansfield, Ohio, Chair, Tradeshows Sub-Committee of the Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation Advisory Committee, giving a presentation at the Initiative sponsored Israel-U.S. trade symposium at AgroMashov 2010 (Photo credit: Chris Gibbs).
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For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Horowitz, Program Director, Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation, at (216) 691-9997 or sarah@negev.org.

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation, a unique program in Ohio, is dedicated to improving agricultural trade and R&D ties between Ohio and Israel by working with government, academic, and business entities and growers in both regions. The objective of this Initiative is to foster greater collaboration between Ohio and Israeli government and research institutions, farmers, and companies, develop joint R&D and educational activities, identify agribusiness ventures based on new technologies, introduce potential investors, and expand commercial ties and market access in both regions.


Cleveland, OH, December 17, 2009 – The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of the Negev Foundation (www.negev.org) will showcase Ohio agribusinesses in a special pavilion at AgroMashov 2010 – The 20th Israel International Exhibition for Agribusiness, Technology and Products in Tel-Aviv, Israel on January 13-14, 2010. AgroMashov (www.mashov.net) is one of the larger agricultural tradeshows in the Middle East, with over 25,000 expected visitors from around the world. The annual tradeshow highlights products, processes, and technology from all sectors of agriculture and agribusiness. The Ohio pavilion, part of the Initiative’s ongoing efforts to enhance Ohio-Israel agribusiness relations, will feature eight Ohio agribusinesses. The companies participating in the Ohio pavilion will receive the exposure needed to attract buyers from Israel, and countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. Ohio company representatives attending AgroMashov will have the opportunity to conduct meetings with potential clients and distributors and make business contacts in their areas of interest through customized business matchmaking. The Initiative will have staff at the pavilion to represent the Ohio companies that are unable to send their own representatives. In addition, resources and contact information will be available in the Ohio Pavilion for Israeli agribusinesses interested in entering the U.S. market using Ohio as a gateway.

Ohio companies participating in AgroMashov’s Ohio pavilion include:

  • Allied Machine & Engineering Corp (Dover, Ohio) – manufactures replaceable-tip drilling systems for precision hole-making and metal-cutting (www.alliedmachine.com);
  • Gorman Rupp International (Mansfield, Ohio) - manufactures self-priming pumps and pumping systems (www.GRpumps.com);
  • Lauren AgriSystems (New Philadelphia, Ohio) – provides dairy parlor milking inflations, tubes, hoses and assorted products
    (www.laurenagrisystems.com);
  • Lauren Manufacturing (New Philadelphia, Ohio) – makes multi-market seals and gaskets, custom-designed (www.lauren.com);
  • Prime Equipment Group (Columbus, Ohio) – develops, manufactures, sells, and services innovative and customized processing equipment for the chicken and turkey industries (www.primeequipmentgroup.com);
  • Rain Drop Products (Ashland, Ohio) - manufactures zero-depth pool and above ground spray park, spray pad and SprayGround® features and recirculation equipment utilized in recreational developments (www.rain-drop.com);
  • Sure to Grow (Beachwood, Ohio) – produces a revolutionary new plant growth media technology for greenhouse and hydroponics (www.suretogrow.com);
  • Thorntech Company (Perrysville, Ohio) – develops and engineers biomass based combustion systems for industrial process heat, structure heating/cooling, and electric cogeneration

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative will be sponsoring a symposium during the tradeshow in order to provide tradeshow visitors with information and the opportunity to learn about trade between Israel and the U.S., economic opportunities in Ohio and how to go about exploring this market.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sarah Horowitz, Program Director, Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation, at (216) 691-9997 or sarah@negev.org.

The Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of The Negev Foundation is dedicated to improving agricultural trade and R&D ties between Ohio and Israel by working with government, academic, and business entities and growers in both regions. The objective of this Initiative is to foster greater collaboration between Ohio and Israeli government and research institutions, farmers, and companies, develop joint R&D and educational activities, identify agribusiness ventures based on new technologies, introduce potential investors; and expand commercial ties and market access in both regions.