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Orgill Honored With Presidential Export Award

Orgill Honored With Presidential Export Award

Orgill Inc. was one of 43 U.S. companies recognized May 21 with a presidential award honoring companies throughout the country that export U.S. goods and services.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented the president’s E Star Award for Exports to Orgill board member Mike Keeney and Jerry Cardwell, Orgill’s senior vice president of international sales.

The presidential E Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to expanding U.S. exports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (far left) and U.S. Congressman David Kustoff (far right) present the E Star Award for Exports to Orgill board member Mike Keeney (center left) and Jerry Cardwell (center right), Orgill’s senior vice president of international sales.

The 2018 honorees come from 18 states and include 33 small and medium-sized businesses and 17 manufacturers. The companies recognized with the presidential award helped export more than $2 trillion worth of U.S. goods and services in 2017.

“We are honored to be among the select group of companies recognized with the presidential E Star Award,” says Orgill chairman, president and CEO Ron Beal.

Orgill received its first E award in 2014. This year, Orgill was honored with an E Star Award for Exports, which recognizes previous E awardees who have reported four years of additional export growth.

“Receiving the E Star award this year after having received the E award four years ago shows how we continue to grow and support the global economy through our consistent export business,” Cardwell says. “What’s more, it shows the dedication and diligence of our fantastic employees who go the extra mile to help our customers grow and strengthen their businesses.”

Hardlines distributor Orgill Inc. was founded in 1847 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee. The company provides retailers in nearly 60 countries around the world with access to more than 75,000 products from seven distribution centers and three export consolidation facilities.

Orgill is growing at a rapid rate, with annual sales exceeding $2 billion in 2017, according to the company.

The E Award was created in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order to recognize companies that are American exporters.

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Kate Klein
Kate is an assistant editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and industry events. She graduated from Cedarville University in her home state of Ohio, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and minored in creative writing. She loves being an aunt, teaching writing to kids, running, reading long books, farm living and, as Walt Whitman says, traveling the open road, “healthy, free, the world before me.”