U.S. Commerce Secretary Awards the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Assisting Manufacturing Companies in Expanding Exports

U.S. Commerce Secretary Awards the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. for Assisting Manufacturing Companies in Expanding Exports


Contact: Elinor Hargreaves (860) 282-4283


East Hartford, CT – The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) is a recipient of the President’s “E” Award for Export Service, the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

CCAT is one of only eight U.S. companies to receive the honor from across the country. The award bestowed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recognizes CCAT’s work to increase export activities of Connecticut manufacturers which spanned 13 years and resulted in an estimated $483 million in new business.   

“The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs,” Secretary Ross said in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient.

In partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut District Export Council, U.S. Small Business Administration and private sponsors, CCAT arranged and hosted as many as 19 Connecticut companies each year at International Aerospace and Industrial Technology trade events.

“The successes realized from these international trade events are a direct result of the State of Connecticut’s commitment to Manufacturing and Advanced Technology,” said Ron Angelo, President & CEO of CCAT. “Technology-based Economic Development is the key to Connecticut’s economic growth and prosperity and will enable the State to retain and grow the most technologically-advanced workforce in the world. Governor Ned Lamont’s commitment to Manufacturing and Advanced Technology is leading the way, and along with Sen. Joan Hartley, Rep. Toni Walker, Rep. Jason Rojas, Rep. Caroline Simmons, DECD Commissioner David Lehman, Kelli-Marie Vallieres, PhD, Executive Director of the State’s Workforce Development Unit and Chief Manufacturing Officer Colin Cooper, Connecticut will remain at the forefront of next generation manufacturing.”

CCAT, located in East Hartford, Conn., is an applied technology demonstration and training center that validates, demonstrates, and assists companies with the adoption of leading-edge technologies. CCAT works across the global industrial base and throughout the advanced manufacturing supply chain to drive technological advancements and provide the training and education necessary to fully utilize advanced technologies.

About the “E” Awards

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters.  Criterial for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies which demonstrate valuable support to exporters resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients. U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. 


For Immediate Release
Contact: Sam Taylor (Blumenthal) 860-256-5274
Avery Royster (Murphy) 202-228-2081
October 29, 2020


Prospect Machine Products & Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. will receive the highest recognition for contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports

(HARTFORD, CT) – U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today announced that Prospect Machine Products and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. have received, respectively, the President’s “E” Award for Exports and the President’s “E” Award for Service to Exporters. Awarded annually through the U.S. Department of Commerce, the President’s “E” Award recognizes persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports.

“This landmark recognition is hugely impressive and important. You have my congratulations— and gratitude— for dramatically advancing exports and economic growth in our state. You’re putting Connecticut on the map, and putting people to work, through major job creation.” said Blumenthal. 

“This award is a testament to the strength of Connecticut manufacturers. Prospect Machine Products and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. are bringing Connecticut products and expertise to markets around the world,” said Murphy. “I commend these companies on their impressive track record and will continue to advocate for expanding support of U.S. global exports and Connecticut manufacturing.”

“Exporting is an important part of our sale,” said Richard Laurenzi, Chairman / CEO of Prospect Machine Products. “Buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States, and we are honored to receive the E Award. We are a small manufacturer, a family business founded in 1950, so this greatly appreciated honor represents a milestone in our company’s history.”

“The exporting of Connecticut goods and services is the life-blood of our economy” said Ron Angelo, President and CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT). “It is a great honor for CCAT to be recognized for its services to Connecticut exporters throughout our world-class supply chain.Connecticut companies manufacture the most technically advanced products in the world and are leading providers of research and development and technology services. CCAT is proud to assist these companies in enhancing their technical capabilities to compete on the global stage.” Established in 2004, CCAT is a leading provider of applied technology services and workforce training throughout Connecticut’s technology ecosystem.

The President’s “E” Award – established during WWII – is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.


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