US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) with the President’s E Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
In total, Secretary Ross honoured 48 US companies with the President’s E Award, the highest recognition any US entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of US exports.
SIFCO ASC provides practical, cost-effective selective electroplating solutions to improve part performance and reduce manufacturing costs through corrosion protection, increased wear resistance, increased hardness, improved conductivity, anti-galling and more. SIFCO ASC’s contract services, chemical solutions and equipment have been utilised for over 50 years on both OEM components and on parts requiring refurbishment in various industry sectors, including aerospace, oil and gas, power generation, general industry, and more.
“SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The E Awards Committee was very impressed with SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts’ more than 50% increase of export sales over the past four years. The company’s innovative design of product offerings to meet the needs of export markets was also particularly notable.
“SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the US economy and create American Jobs,” said secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.
“The president’s E Award recognizes sustained growth in a company’s entire export sales over a four-year period. In the case of SIFCO ASC, this would include our standard export markets, sales into Canada and Mexico, as well as those from Cleveland in support of our sister locations in the UK, France and Sweden. Therefore, the E Award is truly in recognition all SIFCO ASC team members as well as our partners and customers globally. I would like to thank everyone at SIFCO ASC for their efforts in helping us reach this achievement,” noted Todd Romanski, international market manager for SIFCO ASC. “We would also like to extend our appreciation to US Commercial Services Cleveland, Ohio office and the Global Target Programme at Cleveland State University for the help and support to SIFCO ASC in earning this recognition.”
In 2018, US exports were the highest on record with U.S. services at $821.1bn and US exports of goods reaching $1.7tn, demonstrating how American private enterprise can not only survive, but thrive, in the international market.
American companies are nominated for E Awards through the US and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the US 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.