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Liberty Pumps receives U.S. award for export success

Four New York companies, including Liberty Pumps Inc. in Genesee County, were presented Monday with the President’s “E” Award by Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in Washington, D.C.

The award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports, officials said.

Liberty Pumps, based in Bergen, was founded in 1965. It manufacturers sump, sewage and effluent pumps and systems. The company ranked 24th on the 2015 Rochester Top List of fastest-growing private companies. It reported some 165 employees.

Charles Cook, president and CEO, was on hand to receive the honor.

"Liberty Pumps has only recently entered the global marketplace for pumps," Cook said in a statement. "During these last five years, Liberty has grown from only exporting into Canada to over 30 countries. Today export sales account for over 15 percent of Liberty’s turnover.  We are indeed honored to receive the ‘E’ Award in recognition of Liberty’s commitment and success in growing export sales."

Other New York firms receiving awards were American Association of Independent Music and United States Council for International Business Inc., both in New York City, and Industrial Metals International Ltd. in Ronkonkoma on Long Island.

“Congratulations to companies in New York for their achievements in exporting,” Pritzker said in a statement. “These New York companies demonstrate the opportunity inherent in selling made-in-America products to the broad customer base that exists outside our borders. Their success contributes to growth, job creation, competitiveness and the success of the American economy.”

For the first time in its 54-year history, award winners represent every state and the District of Columbia. Of this year’s 123 honorees, 105 are small and midsize businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.

(c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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