Boise motorcycle parts maker Rekluse wins national exporter award
Rekluse Motor Sports owner Al Youngwerth might just get used to winning national awards at this rate.
Youngwerth,s motorcycle clutch manufacturing company received a 2013 Presidents E Award for exporting at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
The honor came one year after Rekluse won the U.S. Small Business Administrations 2012 National Small Business Exporter of the Year.
Its always a little surprising to be a little company from Idaho and be able to be nationally recognized, Youngwerth said.
The 57 E Award winners were named by U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. Rekluse won the award for increasing exports over the course of several years.
Rekluse has 45 employees. The company manufactures a line of motorcycle parts, but clutches have remained the companys bread and butter.
Rekluse sold about 12,000 clutches last year, Youngwerth said. About 30 percent of the companys business was in exports to 41 countries. Canada was the companys largest importer of Rekluse products, and Europe was the biggest market.
However, Youngwerth said the Europe market is declining as its economy continues to struggle. To compensate, Youngweth said Rekluse will expand into untapped markets.
Right now we have a big push into South and Central America, Youngwerth said. We intend to grow overall exports by expanding number of countries we are exporting into. That helps offset the decline in some other markets.
Youngwerth said Rekluse gained exposure by partnering as an exporter with Idaho action sports companies Klim of Rigby and Pro Moto Billet of Nampa.