Dan Layne, President of Tech International since last July, and Nikki Layne, his wife and board member, attended the ceremony at the Department of Commerce Monday. 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.
Mr. Layne called the award a "great honor for our company, but more importantly for our employees."
Nikki Layne is the granddaughter of Tech International Founder Frank Chambers. Dan Layne has worked for Tech for 20 years.
Ms. Blank lauded Tech for its "outstanding export achievement" and for contributing to the worldwide demand for goods and services "made in the U.S.A."
The Commerce Department did not provide specifics as to the scale of Tech's exports.
Tech International, founded in 1939 as the Technical Rubber Co., manufactures tube, tire and wheel repair products and has locations in Australia, Belgium, India, Japan and Northern Ireland. It does business in 96 countries.
U.S. exports hit an all-time record of $2.2 trillion in 2012, the Commerce Department and supported nearly 10 million American jobs. President Obama's National Export Initiative aims to double U.S. exports by year-end 2014 and support an additional 2 million jobs in the U.S.
President Kennedy revived the World War II "E" symbol of excellence in 1961 to honor America's exporters. 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.