The Exporter of the Year Award is given to a manufacturer that has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to international trade through increased exports. Ready Seafood, a live and frozen lobster dealer and processor located on the Portland waterfront, began 10 years ago with brothers John and Brendan Ready sleeping on bunk beds on Hobson Pier. Today, the company has grown into one of the leading seafood exporters in the State with over 50 employees, shipping millions of pounds of live lobsters to nearly every corner of the world. The international market accounts for over 70% of their business. John and Brendan have also launched Maine Seafood Ventures, providing frozen lobster products to customers around the world.