WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that three Ohio companies received the 2010 Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. The Presidential “E” Awards are the highest U.S. government honor for increasing exports.
"Ohio companies are more than equipped to win customers in any country on this planet. But we have to work to ensure more Ohio companies and workers reach potential in the global market, and that means common-sense trade rules and strict enforcement of them," Brown said. "These three companies should be recognized for their work to expand Ohio exports and the critical role they play in meeting the President's goal of doubling our nation's exports in the next five years."
The “E Star” Award recognizes sustained, superior performance in increasing or promoting exports. Below are the Ohio companies that received the 2010 “E” Award.
Daavlin Distributing Company- Bryan
Daavlin Distributing Company is a manufacturer of phototherapeutic medical devices used to treat severe skin diseases. They have established distributors in 56 countries and have doubled their exports since 2006.
RAD-CON, Inc. - Cleveland
RAD-CON Inc. is a capital equipment company that provides furnaces for processing steel. All of their 19 employees are involved in exporting which has grown by over 45 percent since 2006.
Vita-Mix Corporation- Cleveland
Vita-Mix currently exports to over 75 countries around the world and their commercial equipment is used by restaurant chains including McDonalds, Burger King, and Jamba Juice. Their export sales have increased by 80 percent since 2006. Vita-Mix manufactures high performance blending equipment for home and commercial use.
As a member of the Presidents’ National Export Council, Brown is responsible for surveying and evaluating export expansion activities and needs of business, industry, and agriculture. The group makes recommendations on specific solutions to the President. A longtime fair trade advocate, Brown has pushed for trade agreements to have enforceable standards that create a more level playing field for U.S. businesses and has pushed for action to hold China and other nations accountable for unfair trade practices.
In 2006, the U.S. trade deficit reached a record $836 billion, the fifth straight year with a record, while over the past six years, the U.S. has lost 3 million manufacturing jobs. In 1994, Brown brought to Cleveland, Ohio a U.S. Department of Commerce export-assistance center that helps small and medium businesses sell products abroad.