MOUNDRIDGE — On Oct. 22, the Grasshopper Co. of Moundridge was honored by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for its contribution to American export growth.

The award, officially known as the 2020 President’s "E" Award, recognized Grasshopper and 27 other companies located across the U.S. for sustained increase in export sales over a four-year period.

"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," said Grasshopper president Stan Guyer.

The President’s "E" Award was created in 1961 by executive order of the president and is the highest recognition a U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. In 2019, U.S. exports reached $2.53 trillion, with goods exports at $1.65 trillion and services exports at their highest level yet at $875.83 billion.

"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," said U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall. "Small businesses face many hurdles when it comes to exporting their goods and gaining market access abroad."

Grasshopper manufacturers zero turning radius mowers and ground maintenance equipment that is currently sold in 54 countries around the world. In 2017, 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.

"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," Guyer said.