WASHINGTON – U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Rebecca Blank today presented Synder Filtration 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 a foundation of our sales growth as it represents over 40% of our business, and we are honored to receive the “E” Award,” said Jeff Yeh, President of Synder Filtration. “In 2012, Synder Filtration experienced 23% growth, and we are on the cusp of moving into a new 53,000sq. ft. facility in the coming months. This new facility will provide us with ample room for growth for years to come, with both domestic and international clients.

“I am delighted to be recognizing this year’s Presidential ‘E’ Award winners for their outstanding contributions to U.S. exports and congratulate Synder Filtration on its outstanding export achievement,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “It is businesses like Synder Filtration that are strengthening the economies of local communities, creating jobs, and contributing to the worldwide demand for ‘Made in the USA’ goods and services.”

Synder Filtration, located in Vacaville, CA, is a manufacturer of spiral wound ultrafiltration membranes, nanofiltration membranes, flat sheet ultrafiltration membranes, and flat sheet nanofiltration membranes. Established in 1989 as a privately held, family business, Synder Filtration has provided thousands of customers in numerous industries with quality membrane technology, technical expertise, and the personal collaboration one should expect from a membrane supplier. Synder’s products are used for a variety of applications ranging from whey protein separation to sulfate removal from seawater.

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.
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