E Qward 2019 Department Of Commerce Presentation


May 23, 2019

Contact: Liam Corfield, (315) 452-7400


Syracuse, NY — Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Air Innovations with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. In total, Secretary Ross honored 48 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Air Innovations has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Air Innovations’ measurable year-over-year growth in exports. The company’s sales into 48 countries were also particularly notable. Air Innovations’ 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 as an award recipient.

“Export products are an essential part of our growth as a company,” said Mike Wetzel, Air Innovations, President and CEO. “Our long-term strategy is dependent on consistent expansion of our export market. We are grateful to receive this recognition of our commitment to export products made in the United States.”

In 2018, U.S. exports were the highest on record with U.S. services at $821.1 billion and U.S. exports of goods reaching $1.7 trillion, demonstrating how American private enterprise can not only survive, but thrive, in the international market.

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 www.export.gov.

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