U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson (center) presenting the Presidential “E” Award for Exports to Gulf South Forest

Gulf South Forest Products of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was recently awarded the Presidential “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson at the White House. The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports, reports the company.

“Exporting is the foundation of our company, and we are honored to receive the “E” Award,” says Sam Yohanan, CEO of Gulf South Forest Products. “I am especially proud that we have become a leading U.S. exporter of lumber products, opened new markets for U.S. exports, developed strong business relationships with customers and governments worldwide, and built an organization that is diverse, uniquely specialized and highly respected in our industry.”

“I am pleased to recognize Gulf South Forest Products for receiving the President’s “E” Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” says U.S. Commerce Secretary 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” Award winners such as Gulf South Forest Products 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.”

According to the company release, Gulf South Forest Products, a business client of the Department’s U.S. Commercial Service, has benefited from participation in many government and private sector export trade events to expand its export sales. Approximately 95 percent of the company’s sales are export sales from the United States to foreign countries and regions around the world, including Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, China, Taiwan, North Africa, West Africa and other markets throughout the world.

The announcement notes that following the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Gulf South Forest Products was a key exporter of lumber and plywood and among the first exporters to deliver these materials there following the tragedy.



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