Selling internationally has helped Air Tractor avoid much of the pain associated with the economic crisis. The company, which makes crop dusters and specialized aircraft, has been helped by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. "Without the Ex-Im Bank's guarantee, there would be a significant difference in the deals we can make," said David Ickert, Air Tractor's vice president for finance. "We have been surviving and thriving because of exports."

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