Guest Blog Post by Laura Barmby, the Program Officer for the President’s "E" Awards. In this capacity, she coordinates the submission and review of applications for this Presidential Award, working with an inter-agency committee.
Last month, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Under Secretary Francisco Sánchez presented 27 U.S. companies, organizations, and institutions the President’s "E" Award for Exporting. The "E" Award is the highest honor presented to exporters and acknowledges the significant contributions of the recipients in supporting U.S. exports. This year marks 50 years since the establishment of the program by President Kennedy in 1961.
In honor of our nation’s manufacturers, I wanted to highlight for you a few of the companies that received the award this year that manufacture unique products. What caught my attention was that this year we have three winners who took a product found in nature and improved it through a manufacturing process to make a great new product.
Here are a few things these companies have in common:
- All take something from nature and make it into a product to support health and nutrition
- All invest back into research and product development
- All create jobs
about the jobs created by these companies: farmers, scientists,
assembly and manufacturing support, shipping, distribution, marketing.
If you have a product or service that you would like to export, visit Trade.gov to find out how to contact your nearest U.S. Export Assistance Center. With 108 centers nationwide, exporting help is right around the corner!