WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Simmons Engineering Corporation with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.


“Exporting continues to be the foundation of our sales growth, and we are honored to receive the “E” Award,” said Colin Murphy, Simmons Engineering’s Vice President/General Manager. “Our export sales have been increasing at an accelerated rate in the past 5 years and we expect that trend to continue, enabling us to sustain jobs and even expand our work force.”


“Simmons Engineering has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Simmons Engineering’s customization of products for export markets. The company’s strategic planning of product development to grow sustainable export markets was also particularly impressive. Simmons Engineering’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. 


Simmons Engineering Corporation, located in Wheeling, IL, is a manufacturer of cutting blades that are supplied to many industries, primarily foam fabrication and food processing. Their extensive selection of sizes and edge types provide customers with a specialized cutting solution for their fabricating/processing applications.


U.S. exports of goods and services hit an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013. Nationally, jobs supported by exports reached more than 11 million last year, up 1.6 million since 2009. Launched earlier this month, NEI/Next, a new phase of President Obama’s National Export Initiative, works to boost economic growth and support additional American jobs by assisting more U.S. companies of all sizes in exporting to more markets across the globe.


President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. The “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. Four years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in making the award.


U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Exports through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, which has offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries to help U.S. exporters.  


A total of 66 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year.


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