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.)


Simmons Engineering Corporation, Headquartered in Wheeling, Illinois is a family owned manufacturing company that produces specialized industrial band saw blades.  Simmons products have been made in the Chicago area since 1946 and they have operated a distribution facility in the Los Angeles area since 1977.  Simmons has become the world leader in slicing blades used in the foam, food, leather, plastics and aerospace industries and exports to 50 countries.  The relationship between Simmons Engineering Corp. and the U.S. Commercial Service (CS) started in July, 2013.  Since that time, Simmons has used CS to conduct two International Partner Searches (IPS).  The first IPS was completed in November 2013 and resulted in a sizable initial order from a new distributor in Russia, a market that was not serviced by Simmons in the past.  A second IPS in the Turkish market is currently under way and the results look very promising.  Simmons Engineering Corporation credits the positions for 12 employees and their ability to ride out the economic downturn directly to their export success.


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:




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.

Pic_2012 Exporter of the Year Award Winners ination

CONGRATULATIONS to the Illinois Recipients:

“E” Award:

Gold Eagle Company (Chicago) – click here to VIEW press release
Midwest Industrial Sales, Inc.
(Gardner) – click here to VIEW

“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

History of Export Achievement Awardees
EAC Picture_BayRu Company
EAC Pic_Senator Dick Durban to Avlon Industries, Inc.
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EAC Picture_LA-CO Industries, Inc.
EAC Award Pic_Plymouth Tube