WASHINGTON – May 20, 2013 - U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank today presented McKeon Products, Inc. with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
“Exporting continues to be the foundation of our sales growth, and we are honored to receive the “E” Award,” said Jennifer True, International Sales Director. “When we first began exporting in 1989, sales were in only one country. During the past 24 years, export sales have grown to over 70 countries, enabling us to sustain jobs and even expand our work force.”
“I am delighted to be recognizing this year’s Presidential ‘E’ Award winners for their outstanding contributions to U.S. exports and congratulate McKeon Products, Inc. on its outstanding export achievement,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “It is businesses like McKeon Products, Inc. that are strengthening the economies of local communities, creating jobs, and contributing to the worldwide demand for ‘Made in the USA’ goods and services.”
McKeon Products, Inc., located in Warren, MI, is a manufacturer of hearing protection and ear care products, including the #1-selling Mack’s® Pillow Soft moldable silicone ear plugs. Mack’s® products are sold at an extensive range of retail outlets found in pharmacy, music, and sporting goods markets.
U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in 2012, and supported nearly 10 million American jobs. President Obama’s National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014 and support an additional 2 million jobs in the United States, is opening new avenues for U.S. exporters through enhanced export assistance and a strengthened trade agenda that is targeting emerging markets and industry sectors across the globe.
President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. The “E” Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. A total of 57 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year.
U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Exports through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, which has offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries to help U.S. exporters. Four 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 making the award.
About McKeon Products, Inc.
Mack’s® is the #1 doctor recommended ear plugs brand in the U.S., with a variety of products designed for sleep, travel, swimming and overall noise reduction. Since 1962, McKeon Products, Inc. has led the retail ear care industry with its original and #1-selling Mack’s® Pillow Soft® silicone ear plugs. Mack’s® is also the #1-selling brand of earplugs and the official ear care line of USA Swimming.
Today, McKeon manufactures a full range of moldable and pre-molded silicone and foam ear plugs for a variety of uses. The Mack’s® line of products also includes sleep masks, ear drying aids, lens wipes and earwax removal aids. McKeon, an ISO 9001:2008 quality certified company, is committed to supplying the highest quality, innovative products at the lowest possible price.
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