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ISO Stainless – Winner of the Presidential “E-Star” & “E” Awards for Export

In 2008, Covington, Louisiana based It Straps On (ISO) became the first Louisiana company to be awarded the prestigious “E” Award for Exports. The award is given by the President each year and serves to recognize persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.

In 2014, ISO was recognized as just 1 of 8 companies in the nation to receive the the “E-Star” Award for Exports. The “E Star” Award is given to previous “E” Award winners who have reported four years of additional export growth.
From 2008 – ISO President Steve Smith along with his son Cody traveled to Washington, DC to receive the award directly from President George W. Bush in the oval office. Also in attendance was Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise.
From 2014 – ISO President Katherine Smith along with Vice President of Sales Bob Lemaire traveled to Washington, DC to receive the E-Star Award from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

About The “E” Award

The “E” Award is given to American companies who show outstanding success in exporting and is considered an exclusive award as generally less than 30 companies receive the award annually. In 2008, ISO was one of only 18 companies nationally to receive the award. In 2014, only 66 companies nationally received the “E” Award, and ISO was 1 of just 8 companies to receive the E-Star Award for continued success in exporting.

To be eligible for this award, a company must achieve four successive years of export growth, and an increasing percentage of export sales within their overall sales. Applicants are also evaluated based on the level of innovation within their international marketing plan as it relates to the increases in exports reported.


About It Straps On, Inc.®

It Straps On is a Louisiana based manufacturer of U. S. stainless steel products. Their products include stainless steel band, sign brackets, buckles and wing seals made of stainless steel from U.S. mills. They also supply a wide selection of banding tools. The company was founded in 1994 and ships its products all over the world.