U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently presented Taco Comfort Solutions with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, District of Columbia. The President’s “E” Award, now in its 54th year, is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Taco was one of 123 receiving the distinction this year.

“Taco has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with Taco’s customization of its product line to fit the needs of customers in export markets,” said Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company. “The company’s innovation facilities in foreign markets to train support personnel were also particularly notable. Taco’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

Taco Comfort’s International Division is responsible for overseas exporting to markets in Canada, Latin America, Middle East, Asia, and, most recently, West Africa. Taco operates regional sales offices in Dubai, Miami, and Hong Kong. It has equipped similar offices in Singapore and Bogota, Columbia, with “system demonstration centers” and is in the process of accomplishing the same with its offices in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. These centers, modeled after Taco’s LEED-gold-certified Innovation & Development Center in Cranston, Rhode Island, are used to train engineers in HVAC system design. Taco has taken advantage of U.S. Department of Commerce-sponsored trade missions and participated in its Gold Key business matchmaking program.

“As a company that earned one of the original ‘E’ Awards at the very end of World War II for excellence in war production, it’s very gratifying to be so honored again,” said John Hazen White Jr., chairman and CEO of Taco Comfort Solutions. “And I’m pleased to note that the company my father ran then is very much the same company today, 71 years later. Our focus at Taco has always been on our skilled and dedicated workforce — the best in the world. Congratulations to our international division, everyone at Taco, and to our partners around the globe in earning this prestigious award.”

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

Publication date: 6/6/2016 

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