WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded four Cuyahoga County companies for being awarded the President’s “E” Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to U.S. exports. The companies were Quality Electrodynamics in Mayfield Village, Superior Holding LLC in Cleveland, AplusB, Inc. in Richmond Heights, and Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. in Cleveland. The International Trade Administration (ITA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that they would honor companies that answer the call to increase their exports and create good-paying jobs for American workers.
“I applaud Quality Electrodynamics, Superior Holding, AplusB, and Lincoln Electric Holdings for this outstanding achievement,” Brown said. “They have gone above and beyond to increase their exports and create local jobs for Cuyahoga County. By their example, we are moving our economy forward.”
The companies will be honored at a ceremony on May 20 by Acting DOC Secretary Rebecca Blank. In total, there are 57 award recipients that will be recognized for their contributions to U.S. exporting. Nominations for the award came from the U.S. Commercial Service which, in many cases, helped awardees achieve their export goals.
The United States recorded $2.2 trillion in international sales last year, an all-time high, supporting nearly 10 million American jobs.
Brown has long been a champion for American exporters. He is closely monitoring ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to ensure American companies are able to compete fairly against foreign competitors in international markets. In March Brown, U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), and U.S. Representative Sander Levin (MI-9), led a group of 49 of their colleagues in urging President Obama to put the best interests of American workers and businesses first as negotiations continued with Japan on its potential entry to the TPP. Brown and his colleagues specifically cited Japan’s longstanding efforts to impose trade barriers and block U.S. exports as actions that have hurt the American economy, domestic job creation, and specifically its auto-industry.
Brown is the author of the Currency Exchange and Oversight Reform Act, legislation that represents the biggest bipartisan jobs bill—at no cost to U.S. taxpayers—passed by the Senate in 2011. Brown plans on reintroducing the bill later this month. The legislation would allow the U.S. government to stand up for American jobs when China cheats by manipulating its currency to give its exports an unfair advantage.