MONTREAL -- Lauzon Distinctive Hardwood Flooring, of Papineauville, Quebec, is one of 10 companies named by Canada’s International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew as a winner of the 2001 Canada Export Awards.

In addition, the company also earned the competition’s Continuous Quality Achievement Award. Lauzon, which specializes in the production of premium wood flooring, began exporting in 1990. Today, Asia, Europe and the United States account for three-quarters of its sales.

“Canadians throughout the country profit from the dynamism and success of Canada’s export companies,” said Pettigrew. “This year’s winners have had a highly beneficial effect on their communities. Last year, they provided over 6,700 jobs and generated over $657.5 million in export sales.”