The Commercial Service helps thousands of businesses expand their exports. Here are just a few examples of what some Midwest firms and organizations have accomplished with our assistance. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Achievement Certificate recognizes companies that are business clients of the U.S. Commercial Service, and that have used our services to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets.
(If you are interested in joining the ranks of these successful exporters, just click on the Tell Us About Yourself link on the left side of this page, and an International Trade Specialist will contact you regarding your first steps to global business.)
2013 President’s “E” Awards Ceremony – Honoring 57 U.S. Companies and Organizations that Export Goods or Services
On May 20, 2013, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank honored 57 U.S. companies and organizations that export goods or services at the 2013 President’s “E” Awards ceremony. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the “E” Awards, which recognize significant contributions to increasing American exports. Many of the honorees were small- and medium-sized enterprises, which was the largest group in three decades to receive this distinguished award. Winners of the 2013 “E” Awards represent diverse communities from 22 states across the country, 3 of which are Illinois firms.
Congratulations to “E” Award winners from Illinois:
AAR CORPORATION (WOOD DALE) – click here to VIEW
BDG International, Inc. (Elgin) – click here to VIEW
R.I.M. Logistics Limited (Roselle) – click here to VIEW
Five Illinois Companies Receive Presidential Export Awards
In a May 17 World Trade Week ceremony, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce presented 41 U.S. companies with "E" Awards for their excellence in expanding international sales. Illinois companies were well-represented, receiving 5 of the 41 awards. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The primary criterion for the "E" Award is four years of successive export growth or of supporting the export growth of others.
“E” Award for Export Services:
LR International (Franklin) – click here to VIEW press release
“E” Star Award for Exports:
MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd (Bolingbrook)
Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills) - click here to VIEW press release