SIMMS Recognized with Presidential-Level Export Award

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Simms Fishing Products, preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear, footwear, and technical apparel in fishing, was one of 123 nationwide companies and organizations to receive the President’s E Award for exporting excellence during a May 16 ceremony in Washington, D.C. This is the first time that a Montana-based firm has received the award.

During her address to the audience on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker made a point to recognize Simms. “Today, we honor companies like Simms Fishing Products – the first ever Montana company to receive an E Award,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The recipients being honored today 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.”

Simms Fishing Products International Sales Manager, Tim Malyurek, and Senior Director, Employee & Community Engagement, Diane Bristol, were on hand to accept the award from the Secretary.  Bristol said that her firm is thrilled to be recognized for continued success and growth in international markets, and considers it a great honor to be the first company in Montana to receive the President’s E Award.

“Over the last 25 plus years, we have made a concerted effort to find the best partners to help us build our brand internationally”, Bristol said. “We have a deep appreciation for the relationships we’ve built and the efforts they’ve made to represent us.”

The President’s E Award was created by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to recognize persons, firms, and organizations that contribute to expanding U.S. exports. Since 1961, nearly 2,800 companies have received the E Award recognition.

About Simms Fishing Products: Established in 1980, Simms is the preeminent manufacturer of waders, outerwear and technical fishing apparel and accessories.  Simms’ new 80,000 square foot facility in Bozeman is the country’s only manufacturing facility for fishing waders.  The full line of Simms gear is available at specialty and large format retailers across North America as well as

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