On May 23, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Equilibar with the 2019 President’s “E” Award for Exports during a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any US entity can receive for making a significant contribution to an increase in U.S. exports.
Jeff Jennings, Equilibar president, and Julie Detmering, exports and customer service manager, received the award on behalf of Equilibar.
Equilibar was recognized for its deliberate commitment to export expansion, including international certifications and active global networking. “The company’s exports to 61 countries were particularly notable,” said Juanita Harthun, Senior International Trade Specialist with the US Department of Commerce. “Equilibar’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”
Exports have played an integral role for Equilibar since the beginning. The whole company is fully committed to working with researchers around the world to advance technology and find exciting ways to make the world a better and more sustainable place.
This year marks the 57th annual “E” Awards presentation. In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and recognize America’s exporters. In 2018, U.S. exports were the highest on record with U.S. services at $821.1 billion and U.S. exports of goods reaching $1.7 trillion, demonstrating how American private enterprise can not only survive, but thrive, in the international market.
American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan are significant factors in selecting winners. This year, Secretary Ross honored a total of 48 US organizations with the President’s “E” Award for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales.