U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker presented Cooper-Atkins Corp. with the “E” Award for Experts during a May 28 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The instruments manufacturer received the highest honor for boosting U.S. exports.

“Exporting continues to be the foundation of our sales growth, and we are honored to receive the E Award,” said Carol P. Wallace, CEO of Cooper-Atkins Corp. “Our export sales grew 36 percent in the past four years, enabling us to sustain jobs and even expand our work force.”

In her letter to the company, Pritzker said the Connecticut company was a standout.

  “Cooper-Atkins Corp. has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion,” she wrote. “The E Awards committee was very impressed with Cooper-Atkins’ innovation in entering the international health care market. The company’s development of market entry strategies was also particularly impressive. Cooper-Atkins’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”