About the E Awards

October 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.

For more information about the E Awards, visit http://trade.gov/cs/eaward.asp


  1. Will the President’s E Star Award be held in may of 2012 during World Trade Week? If so how do we find out more about the award ceremony?

  2. It’s a good thing for the U.S.. month of May will come a few months away, whether the award will take place in the month of May?
    I also will monitor the development of this activity

  3. Fantastic Awards :). Where there are more info about ward cremony? I am spanish and see interesting this


  4. It is very important to reward and recognize entrepreneurs and businesses to strengthen external trade relations of countries, this activity is very important for growth

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