The “E” Award
The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. This year, 73 companies and organizations were honored with the “E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a 4-year period. There were 28 companies and organizations that assisted and facilitated export activities and received the “E” Award for Export Service. The “E” Star Award for Exports, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees who have reported 4 years of additional export growth, was awarded to 17 firms. And, 5 companies were awarded the “E” Star Award for Export Service, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees that have shown 4 years of continued support of exporters since first winning the “E” Award.
ERD, LTD. is proud to be a part of the largest group to ever receive this award, which helped contribute to the United States exporting $2.23 trillion worth of goods and services in 2015, and the estimated 11.5 million American jobs supported by exports.
The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.
Winners of the “E” are authorized to fly the blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation which is signed by the Secretary of Commerce in the name of and by the authority of the President, to wear and issue to employees an “E” lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising.
History of the “E” Awards
During World War II, more than 4,000 ”E” Pennants were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big “E” emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Thus, the “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. The “E Star” was authorized in 1969 to recognize “E” Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.
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