Daavlin Co. was recognized for its contribution to growing U.S. exports and for strengthening the economy. Shown from left are Francisco Sanchez, under secretary of commerce for international trade; Sandrine Woolace, vice president of international operations at Daavlin; David Swanson, president of Daavlin; and Gary Locke, secretary of commerce. (Photo courtesy of Daavlin Co.)
Daavlin Company in Bryan is one of only a few firms nationwide to receive a 2010 President "E" Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce for increasing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating jobs.
The Presidential "E" Awards are the highest U.S. government honor for increasing exports.
Daavlin Co. manufactures phototherapy equipment for the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema.
David Swanson, president and founder of Daavlin, said this is the first time the company has received an E Award at the national level. However, Swanson said in 2001 the company received an E Award at the state level from the governor.
Swanson said the national award is "a symbol of our success at selling Bryan-manufactured products all over the world. It makes us more credible when we are seeking distributors in additional countries as it means that we know what we are doing."
To qualify for the award, Swanson said the company "had to show a significant annual increase in international sales over a five-year period. We had to have some compelling stories about how we solve typical problems when dealing in the international arena. Our international sales had to have led to growth in employment in the USA. We met all of the above criteria.
"I would like to say that I am proud that we were one of just 22 companies from across the United States to receive this award," continued Swanson. "Our international business was instrumental in allowing Daavlin to weather the recent economic recession without significant contraction. I want to say that much of the thanks for this award go to Sandrine Woolace, our vice president of international operations. She travels to some pretty far flung and exotic places, and the result is jobs for Bryan, Ohio. Without her initiative, we would not have received this award."
The Presidential "E" Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to recognize people, firms or organizations that contribute significantly to increasing U.S. exports.