Oct. 30 2020 06:00 AM

The manufacturer was the only Kansas company to receive the award this year.

Photo: Grasshopper Mowers

The Grasshopper Company, Moundridge, Kansas, received the President’s “E” Award for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The company was honored Oct. 22 by Wilbur Ross, U.S. secretary of commerce. Grasshopper was the only Kansas company to receive the award this year.

“After decades of work to grow our international presence, this award comes as a great honor to the employees throughout our world headquarters and international importers who have worked tirelessly to promote and deliver the legendary benefits of Grasshopper equipment around the globe,” says Grasshopper President Stan Guyer. “Our vision has always been rooted in relationships and long-term goals, and the decision to enter global markets was a commitment by the entire Grasshopper team to expand our vision and our skill sets. From logistics to finance, from engineering and production to marketing, all Grasshopper employees play a key role in assuring international sales are as seamless as domestic sales. The company’s roots run deep in Kansas, and the expansion of international sales has allowed it’s employees and the region at large to benefit from the ripple effects of revenue generated from outside of the United States.”

Adapting to the resources at-hand and adopting technology early have been keys to Grasshopper’s competitiveness, growth and position as an industry leader. That adaptability set Grasshopper up for international success, with sales in more than 50 countries.

The company was selected to represent Kansas on the front lawn of the White House as part of the inaugural Made in America product showcase celebrating each state’s commitment to manufacturing in 2017. Several presidents are familiar with the company’s equipment. The White House has been a repeat customer for more than 17 years.

“Congratulations to Grasshopper on a truly prestigious honor and continued commitment to international growth. It is companies like this that prove that great things do indeed come from rural America,” says U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall. “Small businesses face many hurdles when it comes to exporting their goods and gaining market access abroad.”

The President’s “E” Award was created in 1961 by executive order and is the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.