GT Manufacturing: Award-Winning Kansas Exporter


GT Manufacturing, Inc., based in scenic Clay Center Kansas, is the recipient of the 2017 Kansas SBDC Exporter of the Year Award, the 2016 Governor’s Exporter Award and the 2014 SBA Exporter Award for the state of Kansas. 

GT Manufacturing, Inc.’s is the world’s leading manufacturer of batch grain dryers. Its mission is no small one: it is to help feed the world through preventing grain loss in the field.

This small business of 44 employees exports to more than 80 countries on 6 continents. More than 85% of its business comes from international customers. Being involved in international markets – something the company strategically pursues – enables GT Manufacturing, Inc. to find new growth opportunities and be recognized globally for the high quality of its products.

Exporting is good for the GT Mfg.’s bottom line; but it also has helps the company maintain its workforce.  This in turn is good for the local community. GT Mfg. attributes its success to good processes and good people. This means supporting the education and cross-training of its employees, continually pursuing improvement, listening to customers, strategically looking for opportunities, and operating with integrity.

Watch this video to learn more about GT Manufacturing, Inc.



Congratulations to GT Manufacturing, Inc. for remarkable success grown out of commitment to people, high quality products, and a mission to feed the world!


On July 28th, the Washburn KSBDC is hosting “The Riddle of the Exporter”  in Manhattan, KS.  This seminar is designed to help businesses identify opportunities for entering into international markets and to understand various aspects of logistics and legal compliance. For information about “The Riddle of the Exporter” contact or register here.  As the date for this seminar is quickly approaching, we encourage businesses to register right away. For qualifying businesses, STEP Grants are still available through the Kansas Department of Commerce to help cover the costs of attendance. Thank you to also to Commerce Bank and to the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce for helping to sponsor this educational opportunity.

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Laurie  Pieper, Ph.D.

Business Advisor

Washburn University

Kansas SBDC

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