U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ross presents MAC Aerospace President, Jay Rodriguez, and Chief Operations Officer, Douglas Hardman, with the President’s “E” Award for Exports

Chantilly, VA — Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented MAC Aerospace with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.. In total, Secretary Ross honored 48 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“MAC Aerospace Corporation has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with MAC Aerospace’s almost doubling of exports in the past four years. The company’s work to identify and overcome barriers to trade was also particularly notable. MAC Aerospace’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs”, said Secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

MAC Aerospace Corporation provides customers with logistical support of aircraft and advanced military defense systems. A supplier for a wide range of components, including difficult-to-find and obsolete spare parts; MAC has expanded its capabilities to include an array of support solutions, from military defense systems to valuable services such as export licensing, engineering, and overhaul repair services.

“We are honored to be recognized as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential “E” Award,” said Jay Rodriguez, President/CEO of MAC Aerospace. “Adding strong distribution partners across the world is just one of many strategies we are employing to enable MAC Aerospace to seize opportunities in foreign markets. This network, as well as the foundational elements of teamwork, a high value for customer service and developing our own manufacturing capabilities have all contributed to increasing our export sales by 203% over the past four years. As we approach our 30th year in business, we at MAC are excited for the challenge of continuing growth and development within our industry and around the globe.”

In 2018, U.S. exports were the highest on record with U.S. services at $821.1 billion and U.S. exports of goods reaching $1.7 trillion, demonstrating how American private enterprise can not only survive, but thrive, in the international market.

American companies are nominated for “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the U.S. 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.

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Virginia proud – Three Virginia companies were in honored with the prestigious President’s “E” Award for Exports – WFN Strategies, MAC Aerospace Corporation, and B-FOR International