The following excerpt is taken from the
United States Department of Commerce News, December 17, 1997.

WASHINGTON – Commerce Secretary William M. Daley today presented the President’s ”E” and ”E Star” Awards to 11 American firms and organizations highlighting their outstanding efforts and success in exporting.

”These awards represent just one more example of the increasing importance that U.S. businesses are placing on exporting in today’s global economy,” said Daley in presenting the awards at a ceremony. ”Our National Export Strategy places a priority on helping small- and-medium-sized companies expand their exports and create more jobs for America’s working men and women.”

Adapted from the World War II ”E” pennants symbolizing patriotism in action, the ”E” Award Program was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the nation’s highest award to honor U.S. manufacturers and organizations who demonstrate superior performance in increasing and promoting exports. A second award, the ”E Star” Award, created in 1969, recognizes U.S. companies demonstrating sustained superior export performance...

Over the past four years, U.S. exports have accounted for almost one-third of U.S. economic growth and 2.2 million additional American jobs. Last year, U.S. exports totaled nearly $850 billion. Exports support over 12 million American jobs.

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