Southern Aluminum Finishing Co. (SAF) was named a semi-finalist in the Atlanta Metro Export Challenge and received a $5,000 grant. The grant competition powered by Chase, supports small and medium-sized businesses looking to begin exporting or to increase their export programs.

SAF was one of 35 winners. The competition, according to a release from SAF, is one of the key components of the Atlanta Metro Export Plan, an initiative launched in June 2015 to stimulate economic growth in the region and create jobs through exports. The grants competition aims to encourage area companies to export and drive business growth by increasing international sales of local products and services.

“We don’t know of any other company in the world that can custom anodize extrusions in 24 hours to meet the time constraints of the commercial glass industry,” says Penn McClatchey, SAF Co-CEO. “With projects in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and currently Dubai, this grant and the prospect of future awards will help us expand our international efforts.”

Semi-finalists must share their export success during the first half of 2016 and future plans for export development for a chance to win additional prize money. Afterwards the top three companies will receive $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.