Lincoln Electric receives President's 'E-Star' Award

June 2, 2006

The Lincoln Electric Company has received the President's "E Star" Award for Exports in recognition of its achievement in supporting export growth in the U.S. business community. The award was presented by Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to John M. Stropki, Lincoln's chairman and CEO, May 23, 2006.

The "E Star" Award is the nation's highest honor in recognition of growth and excellence in exporting.

Stropki said, "We are honored to receive this very prestigious award. It recognizes not only our achievement in attaining increased export business and preserving manufacturing jobs here in the U.S., but also the excellent efforts of our employees in meeting the growing demand for our products around the world."

"There has never been a better time to trade," said Israel Hernandez, Assistant Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director-General of the U.S. Commercial Service. "The U.S. has cultivated better opportunities for American companies to sell their goods and services around the world, helping them target the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside of the U.S. I commend Lincoln Electric for their commitment to exporting and their outstanding export accomplishments."

Lincoln Electric is a long-term client of the Commercial Service's Cleveland U.S. Export Assistance Center, and has benefited from export counseling, market research and trade events to make new export sales around the world.

The "E Star" is awarded to those companies that have previously earned the President's E Award, which Lincoln received in 1994.



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