WASHINGTON—Tech International Inc. and RPP Corp. were among 57 businesses that received the President's “E” Star Award for Exports.
Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank presented the awards, which are the highest recognition a U.S. company can receive for continued superior performance in increasing or promoting the expansion of exports, according to the companies.
The awards were presented on May 20 at a ceremony at the Department of Commerce.
Dan Layne, president of Tech International, and Nikki Layne, board member, attended the ceremony. Tech International, headquartered in Johnstown, Ohio, is one of only two firms ever to have been awarded the “E” Star twice, as well as the “E” Award.
Tech International, a tire repair provider, was founded in 1939 as the Technical Rubber Co. Tech International manufactures tube, tire and wheel repair products and has locations in Australia, Belgium, India, Japan and Northern Ireland, among others.
RPP, located in Lawrence, Mass., specializes in custom fabric-reinforced diaphragm seals for process control, gas regulation, water management, industrial, medical and aerospace systems. The company said that exports account for almost half of its annual revenue.
According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in 2012, and supported nearly 10 million American jobs. President Obama's National Export Initiative aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and support an additional 2 million jobs in the U.S.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence in 1961 to honor America's exporters. U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Exports through the Department of Commerce's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network.