WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zippo®, maker of the world famous windproof lighter with the lifetime guarantee, was presented with the President's prestigious "E Star" Award by U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. Zippo owner and chairman of the board, George Duke, received the award on behalf of the company at a ceremony which took place at the White House in Washington, D.C. First established in 1961, the President's "E" Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.
"We are deeply honored to have been recognized by the United States government for our continued expansion efforts, especially as we celebrate our 80th anniversary and approach the manufacture of our 500 Millionth windproof lighter," said Duke. "While we strengthen our international presence and create jobs domestically, it's important that we continue to acquaint overseas markets with classic Zippo craftsmanship and quality products. We are anticipating strong growth internationally and are excited about expanding our global footprint even more in the coming years."
A second-time recipient of this national export award, Zippo first received the President's "E" Award in 1994 having demonstrated export expansion that was measurable, innovative, sustainable, and which had broad impact. Created in 1969, the President's "E Star" Award was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce to recognize "E" Award recipients for their continuing significant contributions to U.S. export expansion. U.S. Secretary John Bryson specifically highlighted the company's recent upsurge in international sales and development of international markets.
"I am pleased to recognize Zippo Manufacturing Company for receiving the President's 'E' Star Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports," said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. "This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. 'E' Star Award winners like Zippo have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth. It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work."
All nominations are reviewed by the "E" Award Committee, which is chaired by the Department of Commerce, and includes representatives of ExIm Bank, the Small Business Administration, and the Departments of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Transportation.
This year marks 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the President's "E" Award by President John F. Kennedy. The President's "E" Award was created by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad.
Zippo markets in more than 160 countries and is one of the most recognized brands in the world. Based in Bradford, PA, Zippo will produce its 500 Millionth lighter on June 5. Each is backed by an unparalleled lifetime guarantee. Zippo's diverse product line includes lighter accessories; butane candle lighters; watches, fragrance, and lifestyle accessories for men; and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both based in Bradford, PA. Zippo will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit Zippo.com.