Press Release

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Presents 2023 Presidential Awards for Export Achievements

June 6, 2023 
Contact: Office of Public Affairs 

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo presented the 2023 President’s “E” and “E Star” Awards to 24 companies and organizations that made significant contributions over the past four years to expand U.S. business in international markets. This year’s winners of the nation’s top honors for excellence in exporting are manufacturers and distributors of products and services ranging from grocery and health care products to heavy equipment and smart technology, and entities that help small and medium-sized businesses grow in global markets. 

“The award recipients being honored today have seen tremendous success in international markets and generated substantial economic growth here at home that benefits American workers, families, and local economies,” said Secretary Raimondo. “I am excited to recognize these businesses as prime examples of America’s global private-sector leadership.”

The President’s “E” Award was created in 1961 by Executive Order of the President. It is the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“E” Award for Exports 
This year, 11 companies were honored with the “E” Award for Exports for demonstrating a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period. 

  • Advanced Cooling Technologies, Inc. – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  • AQMC LLC – Ontario, California 

  • BG Products – Wichita, Kansas  

  • Croix Valley Foods – Hudson, Wisconsin  

  • Global Export Marketing Co., LTD – New York, New York

  • HiOssen Inc. – Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

  • Kaizen Enterprise LLC – Princeton Junction, New Jersey  

  • Kaptan International – Coral Gables, Florida  

  • Nobel Systems – Redlands, California  

  • NRG Systems – Hinesburg, Vermont  

  • Rotorcorp LLC – Atlanta, Georgia

“E” Award for Export Service 
Four companies and organizations received the “E” Award for Export Service for assisting and facilitating export activities. 

  • CG Railway, LLC – Jacksonville, Florida  

  • EDC SBDC – Camarillo, California 

  • Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Edwardsville, Illinois 

  • World Trade Center San Diego – San Diego, California 

“E Star” Award for Exports 
Seven companies received the “E” Star Award for Exports, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees that have reported four years of additional export growth. 

  • BOSCOGEN, INC. – Irvine, California 

  • Gamber-Johnson, LLC - Stevens Point, Wisconsin  

  • Heavy Equipment Resources of Florida, Inc. – HERO FL – Jacksonville, Florida 

  • Hernon – Sanford, Florida 

  • JMC NC, Inc – Moncure, North Carolina 

  • Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI) – Hickory, North Carolina 

  • Robinson Pharma Inc. – Santa Ana, California 

“E Star” Award for Export Service 
Two entities were awarded the “E” Star Award for Export Service, which recognizes previous “E” Awardees that have shown four years of continued support of exporters since first winning the “E” Award. 

  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce – Los Angeles, California 

  • Silicon Valley Venture Capital Corp. DBA Global4PL – Milpitas, California 

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. 

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


About the International Trade Administration The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. Operating in more than 100 U.S. locations and 80 markets worldwide, ITA promotes trade and investment, assists U.S. businesses and workers to export and expand globally, and ensures fair trade and compliance by enforcing U.S. trade laws and agreements. For more information on ITA, visit

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