U.S. Commerce Secretary Honors 32 U.S. Companies with “E” Award

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will present 32 U.S. companies with the 2017 President’s “E” Award on May 22, during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Commerce. This year, 23 U.S. states and Guam are represented. Of this year’s honorees, 26 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 11 firms are manufacturers.

The President’s “E” Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to recognize persons, firms, and organizations that significantly contribute to increasing U.S. exports. This year’s awardees helped contribute to the United States’ exports of more than $2.2 trillion worth of goods and services in 2016, and the estimated 11.5 million American jobs supported by exports.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the awards. The ceremony takes place at the start of World Trade Week, a week-long celebration of the benefits U.S. exports bring to national, state, and local economies through job creation and growth.

WHO: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

WHAT: President’s “E” Award Ceremony

WHEN: Monday, May 22, 2017
11:00 a.m. – Media should arrive between 10:00-10:45

WHERE: U.S. Department of Commerce
Main Auditorium
1401 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Media Coverage: This event is open to credentialed media only. Media should RSVP by COB (5 p.m.). May 19. RSVP to Richard McCormack at richard.mccormack@trade.gov or call 202.482.3809.

Source: U.S. Commerce

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