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The ROHO Group Named Exporter of the Year

(Medium-Sized Company Category) by Governor Pat Quinn

BELLEVILLE, IL (June 7, 2011) - The ROHO Group is an Illinois-based medical device and consumer products manufacturer specializing in cushioning technology designed to protect human skin and tissue in a variety of market applications. The company was founded in 1973 by Robert H. Graebe and remains a family-owned business supporting more than 240 employees in Belleville and the surrounding communities of southwestern Illinois.

The company's brand names, ROHO® and AIRHAWK®, are recognized globally as brand leaders in wheelchair and motorcycle seating respectively. These brands carry a powerful association with "Made in the USA" quality and premium performance. More than one million users throughout the world rely on ROHO products to maintain healthy and active lifestyles.

The ROHO Group invests heavily in international business development and export activities. Approximately 55 percent of total company revenues are the result of export sales, and this figure increases annually as new export markets are opened. In 2010, ROHO products were exported to more than 60 international markets, with increasing focus on developing markets in Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The defining moment of ROHO's export activities came in April 2010 when the company received an order for more than 10,000 QUADTRO SELECT® Wheelchair Seat Cushions from the government of Ecuador. This order, the largest single order in company history, was realized due to the diligent efforts of sales, marketing and education throughout Central and South America.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and The ROHO Group CFO Jeff Baker

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