Life Industries Honored with Export Achievement Award

June 11, 2012

Company has been aggressively pursuing the exports…and succeeding!

CHARLESTON, SC – June 11, 2012 – Life Industries president and CEO, Grace Schmidt, , was awarded the U.S. Commercial Service’s Export Achievement Certificate in recognition of her company’s success in exporting products all over the world. The award was presented to Mrs. Schmidt by North Charleston’s mayor, Keith Summey, at  the recently held “Export 101” workshop held for firms in the Lowcountry. The event was organized by the U.S. Commercial Service in Charleston.

The North Charleston, SC-based company is the  manufacturer BoatLIFE products, a line of of high quality caulking, sealants, epoxies, cleaners and waxes for the marine industry. In fact, the quality of   BoatLIFE products are so well respected that the company’s Git-Rot® product was used to treat rotten wood during a  White House restoration project.  Life Industries also manufactures the AeroLIFE Industries, RvLIFE Products and HomeLIFE product lines, in addition to contract manufacturing, private label and contract packaging.

“The Export Achievement Certificate is awarded by our agency to recognize companies that have experienced substantial growth as a result of exporting,” said  Phil Minard, manager of the U.S. Commercial Service’s (USCS) Export Assistance Center in Charleston.  “I have worked with Grace for years and am proud to have nominated her for this award. She has dedicated her time and efforts to ensure that her company grows internationally.”

As part of these efforts, BoatLIFE has worked closely with the USCS since “the turn of the century! (1999),” said Minard.  In recent years, Minard and his colleagues in USCS posts all over the world have counseled Mrs. Schmidt, providing advice as to which markets hold the most opportunities for the company.  According to Minard, BoatLIFE has also made frequent use of training webinars and, most recently the USCS’s International Company Profile service to perform due diligence on a new distribution partner in the United Kingdom., who is  now successfully developing the market there for quality BoatLIFE products.  “This Export Achievement Certificate recognizes not only the new partnership established for BoatLIFE products in a foreign market but for their long-term steadfast approach to developing their export sales for well over a decade.”

“It is our extreme honor to work with the knowledgeable and supportive people at the USCS, said Mrs. Schmidt. “They have given us priceless assistance in developing our export markets and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with them so closely.”

About Life Industries Corp.
Life Industries is a SC-based manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, epoxies, cleaners and waxes for nautical applications.
About the U.S. Commercial Service

The U.S. Commercial Service is an International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce agency that helps U.S. businesses sell their products and services globally. The Charleston, SC, office is part of the agency’s worldwide network, which includes 108 offices domestically and more than 150 offices in 80 countries. For more information on the U.S. Commercial Service, please visit or call 843-746-3404.