U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented a Lincolnton-based logistics company with the President’s “E” Award for exporters at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Sea Express American Corporation (S.E.A. Corp), founded in 1998 by company president Myra Heavner, specializes in containerized ocean exports. The company was among the 55 small or medium-sized enterprises and 38 manufacturers across the country that were recognized, comprising the largest group to receive this distinguished award in three decades.
According to a press release from the United States Department of Commerce, this year marks the 52nd anniversary of the “E” Awards presentation, which is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for significant contributions to increasing American exports. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, was established “to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.”
“S.E.A. Corp. has been recognized for its export achievement, which has helped the local community as well as the nation, because we ship not just from North Carolina and the local Lincoln County economy, but nationwide to other companies as well as all over the world,” S.E.A. Corp. general manager Dawn Simpson said. “It’s the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for any exporting activity. So, it’s a very high honor, and we’re so proud of S.E.A. Corp. and Myra.”
Woodmill Winery, one of S.E.A. Corp.’s clients, also received recognition in the logistic company’s award.
“The Department of Commerce requested a success story where we had utilized Department of Commerce services and helped a local company,” Simpson explained. “So, one of our local companies, WoodMill Winery, was featured in the award as well, for utilizing S.E.A. Corp, shipping wine internationally and working with exporting business in and around Charlotte.”
“These are fantastic American businesses and organizations that have played a crucial role in strengthening and growing our economy through increased U.S. exports,” Pritzker said. “By selling Made-in-American goods and services internationally, U.S. business can grow faster, hire more employees, pay higher wages and help spread American ideas, innovation and values. Last year, exports supported 11.3 million jobs, with U.S. goods and services exports reaching a record $2.3 trillion.”
Those interested in learning more about S.E.A. Corp and its achievement should visit www.seacorpnc.com.