Rebecca Blank, U.S. acting secretary of commerce, has honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony, which recognizes significant contributions to increasing American exports.
“These companies truly represent the spirit of American business and entrepreneurship – bringing some of the best and most innovative products and services to the global marketplace with the sought after ‘Made in the USA’ label,” Blank said. “In 2012, U.S. exports hit an all-time high of $2.2 trillion, with record levels of sales to more than 70 trading partners, including major emerging markets and 11 free trade agreement partners.”
Of the honorees recognized at the ceremony this year, 47 were small or medium-sized enterprises, 33 were manufacturers and 31 fell into both categories. There are four categories in which companies can receive an award. This year, 37 companies received the “E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over several years; 12 companies received the “E” Award for Export Service for assisting and facilitating export activities; five businesses were awarded the “E” Star Award for Exports for previous “E” Award winners that have shown four years of additional export growth; and three firms received “E” Star Award for Export Service, for previous “E” Award winners that have shown four years of continued support of exporters.
Companies that received the “E” Award for Export Service included:
- California Community Colleges, Centers for International Trade Development – Sacramento, Calif.
- Specialty Equipment Market Association – Diamond Bar, Calif.
- World Trade Center – Denver
- Frederick Export – Denver
- BDG International – Elgin, Ill.
- RIM Logistics – Roselle, Ill.
- Held & Associates – North Kansas City, Mo.
- American River International – Melville, N.Y.
- Global Business Solutions – Winston Salem, N.C.
- AplusB – Richmond Heights, Ohio
- Carver International – Erie, Pa.
- M.E. Dey & Co. – Milwaukee
“Exporting is crucial to the success of the businesses we work with,” said Rick Held, Held & Associates’ president and CEO, in a written statement. “Every day we see the growth of our clients’ businesses, due in large part to exporting. This growth has enabled our clients to add jobs and support their local communities as they expand their bottom line.”
"We are thrilled to bring home this prestigious award from the Department of Commerce," said Robert J. Mueller, chairman and CEO of RIM Logistics, in a separate remark. "This presidential honor proves what our clients already know: RIM Logistics is dedicated to the growth of U.S. exports and helps each of our clients seamlessly send their products overseas."
Additionally, companies that received the “E” Star Award for Export Service included:
- The Port of Los Angeles – Los Angeles
- Automation Alley – Troy, Mich.
- Huntington National Bank – Columbus, Ohio
The Port of Los Angeles earned the award for its Trade Connect program.
“Trade Connect opens the door to foreign markets for small and midsize businesses in California and across the nation,” said Cindy Miscikowski, Los Angeles Harbor Commission president, in a written statement. “We are proud to receive this prestigious honor for doing our part to strengthen the U.S. economy and helping American companies of all sizes and their workers enjoy the benefits of international trade.”
“Many smaller U.S. businesses don’t know how to begin to access markets overseas,” added Geraldine Knatz, the port’s executive director. “We have now begun to track companies that have gone through our program and we’ve seen many success stories.”