Gorman-Rupp Receives “E” Award for Export Expansion
On May 21, Gorman-Rupp received the President’s “E” Award, the highest recognition any U.S. Entity can achieve for their contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Bank presented the company with the accolade at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
"We are extremely honored to receive the Presidential "E"' Award," says Mark Kreinbihl, Gorman-Rupp Pumps Group President. "Our company has been manufacturing pumps and related products in Mansfield, Ohio for 80 years. Over the last 10 plus years export sales have seen a steady increase. Gorman-Rupp is focused on expanding its international reach as the key to continued growth. This growth in exports brings additional jobs to the Mansfield Division."
The Gorman-Rupp company, founded in 1933 during the Great Depression, manufactures pumps and pump systems for a variety of liquid-handling applications, including water, wastewater, construction, industrial, petroleum, original equipment, agriculture, and military.
In 2012, U.S. exports hit a historical record of $2.2 trillion and supported nearly 10 million jobs. President Obama’s National Export Initiative, announced in his 2010 State of the Union, promised to double national exports in five years – a increase that would support an addition two million domestic jobs. The initiative helps U.S. exporters by offering enhanced export assistance and a strengthened trade agenda that targets emerging markets and industry sectors worldwide.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence in Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961 to honor American exporters. A total of 57 companies were recognized by the “E” Award this year.
U.S. Companies can be nominated for the “E” Award through the Department of Commerce's U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network. Final candidates are selected based on their innovative international marketing plans and demonstrated success through four years of successive export growth.