About the E AwardsOctober 4, 2011
by John Ward, a writer in the International Trade Administration’s Office of Public Affairs.
Combustion Associates Inc. was one of 27 U.S. companies and organizations that were recipients of this year’s E Awards. The award traces its origins to World War II, when more than 4,000 E Pennants were presented to war plants in recognition of their production excellence. The famous flag with a big E emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy revived this symbol of excellence by creating the President’s E Award. It was established as a means of giving recognition to people, firms, or organizations that have made significant contributions to increase U.S. exports. Since that time, more than 2,500 awards have been made. In 1969, the secretary of commerce created a related award, the President’s E Star Award to recognize the continuing export expansion contributions of previous E Award recipients.
Winners of the awards are authorized to fly a blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation, to wear and issue to employees an E lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising. The awards are usually presented in May during World Trade Week at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
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