Mad Priest Coffee is the brainchild of Michael Rice. (Photo: Contributed)

At its annual meeting Tuesday night, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s International Business Council honored Komatsu’s Chattanooga manufacturing operation and Mad Priest Coffee Roasters.

The two local operations received 2018 International Business Awards, which are presented to celebrate the contributions of businesses with an international focus in the greater Chattanooga area.  

Other finalists for the awards were HomeServe North America, BASF Corporation and Security Centres International LLC.

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President of the International Business Council John-Paul Morgante said that the Chattanooga area hosts 97 companies from 23 nations across the globe, as well as other locally owned businesses that are involved in international trade in some way. 

“Komatsu and Mad Priest, along with the other finalists, are some of the many examples of the importance of international business to our community,” he also said. 

Komatsu has been manufacturing in Chattanooga since 1986 and was recognized for 32 years of manufacturing excellence and community service.

“The Chattanooga Manufacturing Operation prides itself in building some of the highest quality construction machines available for the North American market,” Komatsu General Manager Walt Nichols said in a prepared statement. “We strive to be good corporate citizens and neighbors within our community. We are grateful for this recognition.”

Mad Priest Coffee, which is a relatively new company launched in 2016, was recognized for work with equity, social justice and the environment.

Mad Priest works closely with Bridge Refugee Services to hire and train locally resettled individuals displaced from their home countries by war, persecution or natural disaster.

“We are humbled to receive this award,” Mad Priest owner Michael Rice said in a prepared statement. “First and foremost, Mad Priest Coffee is a roastery dedicated to creating an excellent product. We love being part of the coffee industry where success isn’t just about a hard little bean, it’s about the global community.”

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