Last week the President’s “E” Awards and “E Start” Awards for Exports were presented to Exporters at a White House ceremony. The awards are presented to person and firms that contribute significantly in the effort to increase U.S. exports as well as recognizing noteworthy export promotion efforts.
Several manufacturers won the President’s “E” Award for Exports including Bio-Microbics, Inc. and Gold Eagle Co. Also, several received the President’s “E Star” Award for Exports which included Zippo Manufacturing Company, French Oil Mill Machinery Co., Kingsbury, Inc. and Rust-Oleum Corporation. We congratulate all of these manufacturers on their efforts to export and to promote exports.
Growing exports is essential to job creation and manufacturing in the U.S. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of our borders its imperative we continue to undertake efforts to export more U.S. manufactured goods.
The reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank is a good first step as the Bank helps thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturers reach new markets. But we need to do more. We need more trade agreements as well as Congress needs to pass PNTR for Russia. Manufacturers are looking to Washington to help level the playing field for them to compete globally.