Taco Awarded Dep’t. Of Commerce ‘E’ Award
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Taco Comfort Solutions with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. May 16. 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 companies honored with a 2016 “E” Award at this year’s ceremony, and a company that enjoys the distinction of being a previous “E” Award winner. The first award came at the end of World War II.
“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 Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. “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.”
In business since 1920, family-owned company is a manufacturer of heating, cooling and plumbing equipment and systems for use in residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Its Hydroflo Pumps Fluid Solutions subsidiary, a Taco Group Company, manufactures pumps used in select markets such as irrigation and mining, among others.
Taco Comfort’s International Division is responsible for overseas exporting to markets in Canada, Latin America, and Middle East, throughout Asia and most recently in West Africa. Taco operates regional sales offices in Dubai, Miami, and in 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, RI, 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.