03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Growth Abroad Offsets Sluggish U.S. Sales

If the fortunes of the Power Curbers company were tied solely to business in the United States, these would be grim days at its factory on the fringes of this Piedmont town. The small, family-owned company makes machines that turn concrete into curbs, and with the American construction industry in distress, domestic sales are expected to drop at least 10 percent this year.

But fortunately for Power Curbers, and indeed for the national economy, the company has transcended geography. Aided by the falling dollar, which makes American goods cheaper on world markets, Power Curbers, like thousands of other companies in the United States, is tapping rapid growth abroad to compensate for sluggish sales at home.

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