U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank recently presented U.S. Chemical & Plastics 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 has always been and continues to be an important segment of our business, and we are honored to receive the “E” Award,” said Tom Perry, U.S. Chemical & Plastics’ President. “We have been exporting for nearly four decades. During the past five years, export sales more than doubled, enabling us to sustain jobs and even expand our work force.”
“I am delighted to be recognizing this year’s Presidential ‘E’ Award winners for their outstanding contributions to U.S. exports and congratulate U.S. Chemical & Plastics on its outstanding export achievement,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “It is businesses like U.S. Chemical & Plastics that are strengthening the economies of local communities, creating jobs, and contributing to the worldwide demand for ‘Made in the USA’ goods and services.”
Founded in 1950, internationally recognized and privately owned U.S. Chemical & Plastics, a division of Alco Industries, is a leading manufacturer of repair, refinish, appearance and maintenance products for the automotive aftermarket.
Headquartered in Massillon, OH, USC’s products are sold in more than 62 countries.
U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in 2012, and supported nearly 10 million American jobs. President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and support an additional two million jobs in the United States, is opening new avenues for U.S. exporters through enhanced export assistance and a strengthened trade agenda that is targeting emerging markets and industry sectors 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. A total of 57 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year.
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. 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.