Secretary Ross Honors Ohio Exporters with Presidential Award

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross honored 48 U.S. companies and organizations, recognizing their contribution to American export growth during the 2019 President’s “E” Awards ceremony.

“President Donald J. Trump has placed a high priority on restoring the balance of global trade to ensure American businesses and workers are not left behind,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “With companies like these awardees who have placed a premium on export success, we can reclaim the lost years of ever-expanding trade deficits.”

The President’s “E” Award was created in 1961 by Executive Order of the President and is the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 2018 alone, the United States exported $2.5 trillion worth of goods and services – the highest on record.

This year, 26 U.S. companies (3 from Ohio) were honored with the“E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.

“E” Award for Exports

  • MN8 -LumAware/Foxfire – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts, LLC – Independence, Ohio
  • Warren Rupp, Inc. – Mansfield, Ohio

Six U.S. companies received the “E” Star Award for Exports (two from Ohio), which recognizes previous “E” awardees that have reported four years of additional export growth.

“E” Star Award for Exports

  • Quality Electrodynamics, LLC (QED) – Mayfield Village, Ohio
  • Quality Switch, Inc. – Newton Falls, Ohio
2019 Ohio E Award Winners
2019 President’s E Award winners from Ohio, from left to right: Heather Neil and David Llewellyn – Warren Rupp; Todd Romanski and Charles Allen – SIFCO ASC; Zachary Green – MFN Fire; Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita and John Schellenberger – QED; Larry Dix and Jeremy Sewell – Quality Switch; and Amy Freedman – CS Cleveland

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the overall winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

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