Industry News | October 31, 2007

Manufacturer Honored by U.S. Department of Commerce

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has awarded A.J. Antunes & Co., a leading manufacturer of water filtration systems, electronic controls, countertop foodservice equipment, and air and gas pressure switches, the DOC Export Achievement Certificate for outstanding export market expansion. Commerce Assistant Secretary William G. Sutton presented the certificate to the Antunes Filtration Technologies Division at a ceremony at the company’s Carol Stream headquarters and manufacturing plant last week.

“It is an honor to recognize Antunes Filtration Technologies with the Export Achievement Certificate,” says Commerce Assistant Secretary William G. Sutton. “Companies such as A.J. Antunes & Co. represent the very best in American manufacturing, and their success underscores what our small to mid-sized businesses can accomplish when they realize and seize the opportunities of free trade.”

To successfully enter four new-to-the-company markets--India, Russia, Israel and Ireland-–with the company’s revolutionary point of entry ultra-filtration systems, Antunes Filtration Technologies worked directly with International Trade Specialist Robin Mugford and the DOC Export Assistance Center in Libertyville, Illinois.

“The Export Achievement Certificate recognizes business clients of the U.S. Commercial Service that have used the services of its Export Assistance Centers to make their first export sale or open new foreign markets,” says Mugford. “The Centers are committed to helping U.S. firms realize their export potential by providing expert counseling, information on markets abroad, international contacts and advocacy services. Helping small and mid-sized companies such as A.J. Antunes & Co. to increase their exports is critical to increasing economic growth and creating new jobs.”

Glenn Bullock, president of A.J. Antunes & Co., accepted the award. “We are honored to receive the Export Achievement Certificate, and we are profoundly grateful to the Export Assistance Center for helping to pave the way for our entry into these new markets,” he says. “Their expert guidance, and the opportunities they provided, proved invaluable. We look forward to continuing to work with them as we expand the reach of our products and services beyond the 130 countries we currently serve.” About A.J. Antunes & Co. Carol Stream, Illinois-based A.J. Antunes & Co. is a privately held, family-run manufacturer with three divisions, a large product base and a worldwide reputation for quality. Antunes Foodservice Equipment manufactures countertop foodservice equipment under the A.J. Antunes & Co. Roundup and TimeTech brands. Antunes Controls manufacturers OEM electronic controls and air and gas pressure switches and Antunes Filtration Technologies manufactures point of entry ultra-filtration systems. For additional information, please visit www.ajantunes.com. ###