photo of Viking Spas presented with E Award
John Bryson, U.S. Commerce Secretary, presents Viking’s Tom Kneeshaw (left) and Tom Veneklase (right) with the President’s “E” Award in Washington, D.C.

Viking Spas, maker of the Viking and Destiny River hot tub brands, was presented with the President's prestigious "E" Award by U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on May 17.  Viking Spas CEO/President Tom Veneklase and Director of Sales and Marketing Tom Kneeshaw accepted the award on behalf of the company at a White House ceremony

According to Viking, the President's "E" Award is the highest recognition a U.S. entity may receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

"We are very humbled by winning the award and my congratulations goes out to all the employees of Viking Spas and a deep gratitude to our customers who support our efforts in building our product" said Veneklase .

Secretary Bryson praised the Wyoming, Mich., manufacturer for its commitment to American workers and American-made products. "This Administration is committed to leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers to help U.S. companies build things here and sell them around the world. ‘E’ Awards winners like Viking Spas have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth,” he said. “It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work."

The awards are given to applicants that can demonstrate a significant contribution to expanding U.S. exports in ways that are measurable, innovative, and sustainable and have broad impact, according to the Commerce Department.