– 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
”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.