E Award

The “E” Award is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition offered by the U.S. Government to U.S. businesses

WWII E Award Banner

During World War II, more than 4,000 “E Pennants” were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence.

The famous flag with the big “E” emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.


President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters.

The President's “E” Award was created by Executive Order of President Kennedy on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.

All “E” Award winners receive a certificate signed in the name and by the authority of the President by Secretary of Commerce, a lapel pin, and a white pennant with a large blue “E” on it to fly over their plant or office.

RAD-CON Honored With Presidential “E” Award

RAD-CON, a leading supplier of industrial furnaces that use 100% hydrogen to anneal metals, has been honored with the coveted President's “E” Award for sustained excellence in exporting. The President's “E” Awards are the highest U.S. government honor for growing US exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs.

Pictured from left-to-right are:
Francisco Sánchez (Under Secretary for International Trade), Mike McDonald (RAD-CON vice president, operations), Chris Messina (RAD-CON vice president, sales and projects), and Gary Locke (Secretary of Commerce).

The Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke presented RAD-CON with the award at a ceremony held May 13 at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

“I want to congratulate you on your achievement, and for supporting critical export-related jobs for American workers,” Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke told the recipients. “President Obama’s National Export Initiative was designed with one overriding goal: to get people back to work in jobs that provide security, dignity, and a sense of hope for the future. It is businesses like yours with a proven record of success that are going to help us meet or exceed that goal.”

Only 22 companies nationwide received the coveted “E” banner this year. These are the first “E” and “E” Star Awards given out since President Obama announced the National Export Initiative, which aims to double American exports and support 2 million U.S. jobs by 2015.

The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, which seeks to improve the global business environment and help U.S. firms to compete and win both at home and abroad, manages the award program that has recognized more than 2,500 firms since its inception.

“Earning this award is a great achievement for our company and employees”, noted Chris Messina. “RAD-CON has built a strong reputation for innovation by designing, building, and installing bell-type annealing furnace systems in all corners of the world. As an example, new projects have been initiated in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia in just the last four months. These contracts are in addition to the equipment we shipped in 2009 for the 860,000 ton/year annealing facility at Steel Authority of India’s Bokaro Steel Plant. To be recognized as one of the top USA performers in exporting is truly an honor.”

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