U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Hydro-Thermal Corp. with the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. It is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making ongoing significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Hydro-Thermal, Waukesha, Wis., designs and manufactures industrial and sanitary steam heating solutions. Its patented heating system mixes steam and process liquids completely while delivering precise and consistent temperature, instantaneous heating and no scaling or fouling of the product. The system has been installed in facilities in more than 85 countries.

The “E” Star Award is the more exclusive of the two levels of “E” Awards, with only eight companies selected to receive this highest tier of recognition for exports. A prerequisite for winning the “E” Star Award is first winning the “E” Award, which Hydro-Thermal won in 2014, then continuing to grow a strong commitment to exports for an additional four years. Companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, which is part of the Department’s International Trade Administration.