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May 29, 2018

Bristol medical manufacturer receives national honors for exports

PHOTO | Contributed Right, Martha Flannery, vice president of sales and marketing for Beekley Medical, accepts the President's "E" Award for Exports.

A Bristol medical equipment manufacturer was recently one of 43 companies and organizations in the nation awarded for improving the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity abroad.

Beekley Medical was awarded the President's "E" Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., last week by Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

The award is the highest recognition any domestic entity can receive for its contributions to expanding U.S. exports.

Ross said the awards committee was “impressed” by Beekley’s market research efforts to identify new international markets, as the manufacturer exports products to 48 countries.

“Beekley Medical's achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” Ross said in a congratulatory letter to Beekley.

Beekley’s products include aromatherapy, CT-scan, specimen radiography, mammography, MRI and x-ray, among others.

Ross’ office honored a total of 43 entities, nominating companies through the U.S. Commercial Service, a faction of the department’s International Trade Administration. Nominees are measured based on four years of export growth in at least one international market.

According to the International Trade Administration, U.S. exports totaled $2.33 trillion in 2017, or 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. The exports industry provided an estimated 10.7 million U.S. jobs in 2016, it said.

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