Export Achievement Award

The Export Achievement Award recognizes U.S. companies that have either made their first export sale or expanded their sales into overseas markets with assistance from the U.S. Commercial Service.

Export Achievement Award 2018: Chesapeake Specialty Products

The math is simple – if only 5 percent of the world’s population is American, 95 percent of the potential customers for our goods and services are in other countries,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “We need to do everything we can to help U.S. businesses reach new markets, increase sales and create new jobs through exporting. With the help of the U.S. Commercial Service, the Second District’s own Chesapeake Specialty Products is proof of the success that can come when companies go global and I am proud to present the Export Achievement Award today.”

The Baltimore-based manufacturer exports its metallic abrasives, foundry sand additives, and high-density iron products to 26 countries. It has worked with U.S. Commercial Service international trade specialists to open doors in five countries including Germany, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, and most recently, Turkey.

“The U.S. Commercial Service representatives involved in this project were excellent,” said Kenneth Sanchez, President of Chesapeake Specialty Products. “The in-country staff helped tremendously with locating a desirable distributor. Also, it was nice to know that I was being looked after during my stay in Istanbul. I will definitely continue to use the service in other areas of the world as I think it is very beneficial to U.S. companies.”

Small businesses play an important role in placing “Made in America” products in international markets, with 98 percent of U.S. exporting companies having fewer than 500 employees. Companies like Chesapeake Specialty Products create and support jobs in local communities across the country.

“We’re here to work hand-in-hand with local firms to assess their export potential and provide solutions that make their goals of operating internationally a reality,” said Colleen Fisher, Director of U.S. Commercial Service Baltimore. “Our local office can connect local firms to our network of trade specialists in more than 75 markets. Our international colleagues help Maryland firms with translation, transportation, regulations, and matchmaking in challenging global markets.”


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