U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Phenix Technology, Inc. with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 21. 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.
“Phenix Technology has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Phenix Technology’s strategic plan for market expansion to sustain international growth. The company’s volunteer work to support other businesses in developing an export program was also particularly notable. Phenix Technology’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” said Secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.
Phenix Technology, Inc. is a manufacturer of products and equipment for emergency service personnel. Located in the sunny state of California, Phenix Technology, Inc. has become a well-known and respected name in the firefighting industry. Best known for rescue and firefighting helmets, the company has provided American Made products to first responders since 1972.
“Exporting is a critical part of our sales strategy,” said Angel Sanchez, Jr., Phenix Technology, Inc.’s Director of Global Operations. “The men and women who put their lives on the line protecting others, here in the United States and abroad, want world class quality products made in the United States. We are honored to receive the “E” Award.”
In total, Secretary Ross honored 32 U.S. companies and organizations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of our borders.
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service helps U.S. companies expand in international markets by lending their expertise at every stage of the exporting process.
U.S. exports totaled $2.21 trillion in 2016, accounting for nearly 12 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Exports supported an estimated 11.5 million jobs nationwide in 2015, according to the most recent statistics from the International Trade Administration.
About the “E” Awards
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. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.
For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.