Tech International recently received the president’s “E" Star Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank presented the awards, which are the highest recognition a U.S. company can receive for continued superior performance in increasing or promoting the expansion of U.S. exports.

Dan Layne, president of Tech International, and Nikki Layne, board member, attended the ceremony at the Department of Commerce. Tech International, headquartered in Johnstown, Ohio, is one of only two companies ever to have been awarded the "E" Star twice, as well as the prerequisite "E" Award, the company notes.

President Kennedy revived the World War II “E” symbol of excellence in 1961 to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Star 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.

"This is a great honor for our company, but more importantly for our employees," says Dan Layne. "Even with our growing presence in 96 countries, we have stayed true to our core values of keeping people first and treating employees like family."

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

A family-owned company, Tech International was founded in 1939 as the Technical Rubber Co. It manufactures tube, tire and wheel repair service products and distributes them worldwide. The company maintains operations in Australia, Belgium, India, Japan and Northern Ireland, among other countries.

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