Export achievement honored

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently recognized Norcross-based Sigma Recycling as one of 48 American companies that have achieved outstanding export success. Founded in 2009, Sigma Recycling collects recyclable scrap materials like plastic, metal, paper and rubber and supplies them to markets around the world for recycling and reuse. The company was among 26 that demonstrated a sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.

Winners of the 2019 President’s “E” Awards were from 25 states and most were small and medium-sized businesses. They were nominated for the awards and selection was based on successive years of export growth along with demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to export increases.

Created in 1961 by presidential executive order, the award is the highest honor a U.S. organization can receive for making a significant contribution to expanding U.S. exports. Last year, U.S. exports of goods and services totaled $2.5 trillion, which is a record.

Pictured left to right are U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross; Ashok Kumar Mehta, Sigma Recycling operations director; Kanika Patawari, CEO of The Rickshaw Group, an affiliate of Sigma Recycling; and Gil Kaplan, U.S. undersecretary of commerce for international trade.

Photo provided by the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

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