The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce awarded Metsa Specialty Chemicals its annual International Business of the Year Award on Oct. 16.

      M&M Air Freight Company received the chamber’s International Transportation Business of the Year Award, and Robert Kennedy, cargo development manager for Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport received the International Business Person of the Year Award.

      U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell gave the keynote address at an awards breakfast on the topic of drug trafficking in the Western Hemisphere.

      Metsa, which is a subsidiary of its Nijmegen, the Netherlands-based parent, is headquartered in Morrow and manufactures a wide range of household products from laundry detergent to toothpaste.  Since incorporating in Clayton County four years ago, it has seen it North American market share jump from 1% to 30%.

      M&M was started in October, 1996, by its owner, Peter Milana, and specializes exports to Latin America.  The company provides in-house export services for other companies and also serves as a general sales agent.

      Mr. Kennedy has overseen the rapid growth of cargo traffic at Hartsfield, which currently is growing at a rate of 70% annually, more than double the average growth rate for world airports.