57 U.S. Companies and Organizations that Export Goods or Services Honored at the 2013 Presidentâ€™s â€śEâ€ť Awards Ceremony
Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 Presidentâ€™s â€śEâ€ť Awards ceremony. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the â€śEâ€ť Awards, which recognize significant contributions to increasing American exports. Todayâ€™s set of honorees, many of which are small- and medium-sized enterprises, was the largest group in three decades to receive this distinguished award.
Winners of the 2013 â€śEâ€ť Awards represent diverse communities from 22 states across the country. They hail from places like Gilman, Conn., Cleveland, Ohio, Eagan, Minn., Parsons, Kan., Broussard, La. and Vacaville, Calif. Of the honorees recognized at todayâ€™s ceremony, 47 are small- or medium-sized enterprises, 33 are manufacturers, and 31 fall into both categories.
There are four categories in which companies can receive an award. This year, 37 companies were honored with the â€śEâ€ť Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over several years. Twelve companies that assist and facilitate export activities were honored with the â€śEâ€ť Award for Export Service. Five firms received the â€śEâ€ť Star Award for Exports, which recognizes previous â€śEâ€ť Award winners who have shown four years of additional export growth. Finally, three were awarded the â€śEâ€ť Star Award for Export Service, which recognizes previous â€śEâ€ť Award winners that have shown four years of continued support of exporters since first winning the â€śEâ€ť Award. Two companies are receiving the â€śEâ€ť Star Award for Exports for the second time, a first in the fifty-one year history of the program. Complete list of â€śEâ€ť Award and "E" Star Award winners.