CHICAGO, September 10-Manufacturer of honing systems and abrasives Sunnen Products received an Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service. The award is presented to companies that have benefited from Commercial Service assistance to make their first export sale or expand into new markets.

Mary Joyce, Midwest network director for the U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago, presented the award to Sunnen’s management team during a ceremony at the 2008 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“U.S. manufacturers like Sunnen Products represent some of the best and most innovative companies whose products are working to keep America at the forefront of global trade and competitiveness,” said Joyce. “I congratulate Sunnen on their outstanding export accomplishments.”

More than 50% of the company’s $100 million in sales are export related, and Sunnen currently has offices in eight foreign countries, including Switzerland, Italy, France, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic and the UK.

“Our founder, Joe Sunnen, strongly believed in serving all customers, regardless of their location around the world, and initiated a variety of export programs 70 years ago that formed the foundation for our success today," said Mike Haughey, chief operating officer of Sunnen Products. “Today, we continue to follow his vision by expanding our international presence and, as a result, grow our sales revenue. A high-quality product has value, no matter where in the world a need arises.”

Sunnen has benefited from export counseling and matchmaking services of the U.S. Commercial Service in St. Louis and overseas to make new sales to Brazil, India, and Italy. In addition, Sunnen’s most recent global expansion occurred with the opening of a facility in France in 2007. The company has also been active in China since the mid 1990’s, and today has manufacturing operations there, as well as in Switzerland and the United States. The company continues to supply its worldwide operations with locally made components and technology, supporting jobs in the United States.