More than 200 Export Supply Chain Companies Call on Congressional Leaders to Act on Ex-Im Bank

Cantwell announces letter from supply chain companies who would be hurt by failure to reauthorize Ex-Im

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced a letter from more than 200 small businesses and manufacturers in 34 states urging Congressional leaders to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank or risk hurting companies that make up the supply chain for some of the nation’s larger exporters.

“The Export-Import Bank is absolutely essential to our companies,” the letter said. “While many of us don’t access the Bank’s services directly, our customers do. We sell goods and services of all kinds to American businesses that rely on the Export-Import Bank to sell their products abroad.”

“Recent reports on the uncertainty of the Bank’s future may have already impacted sales, which can negatively impact our bottom line. Our customers need the certainty of export credit to successfully pursue many of their commercial sales abroad.”

Cantwell announced the letter during a speech on the U.S. Senate floor to emphasize the potential harm to small businesses and manufacturers if Congress fails to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires Sept. 30. The Export-Import Bank is the export credit agency for the United States, and it finances or insures the purchase of U.S. goods by foreign customers.

Video of Cantwell’s floor speech is available here.

As the letter points out, large companies rely on small and mid-sized businesses to supply parts and services for products that are sold to customers overseas. Five of the nation’s largest Export-Import Bank customers – Boeing, General Electric, Case New Holland, Siemens Power Corporation and Bechtel – work with a supply chain of 33,000 small and mid-size companies spread out across every state, according to a 2011 study by the Center for Employment through Exports.

“There are thousands of companies across the United States that are part of the supply chain,” Cantwell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “Behind every 777 or Caterpillar tractor, there are thousands of workers who are working every day to refine their product, stay competitive, and retrain and refocus, to make sure we build the very best products in the United States and that we’re competing on a global basis.”

“We’re here to say that making sure we reauthorize this program is critically important to small businesses, manufacturers, and suppliers throughout the United States,” Cantwell said.

About 90 percent of the Export-Import Bank’s transactions directly involve small businesses.

The Export-Import Bank is self-supported through interest payments and fees, turning a profit for the U.S. taxpayer. In 2013, the bank transferred $1 billion to the U.S. Treasury. Nationwide, it has supported $233 billion in exports since 2007.

Cantwell has led the charge on the bank’s reauthorization and been among its most vocal supporters. In 2012, Cantwell introduced a bipartisan amendment to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, and joined local businesses in Spokane, Yakima, Moses Lake and Everett to call for reauthorization.

Below is text from the letter and a list of the companies that signed it. A copy of the letter can be found here.


The Honorable John A. Boehner                                 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker                                                                       Minority Leader

U.S. House of Representatives                                     U.S. House of Representatives

H-232, Capitol Building                                              H-204, Capitol Building

Washington, DC 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515


The Honorable Harry Reid                                          The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Majority Leader                                                           Minority Leader

U.S. Senate                                                                  U.S. Senate

S-221, Capitol Building                                               S-230 Capitol Building

Washington, DC 20510                                               Washington, DC 20510



Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader Reid, Leader Pelosi and Leader McConnell:


We are writing today to ask you to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank without further delay. The Export-Import Bank is absolutely essential to our companies. While many of us don’t access the Bank’s services directly, our customers do. We sell goods and services of all kinds to American businesses that rely on the Export-Import Bank to sell their products abroad.


Recent reports on the uncertainty of the Bank’s future may have already impacted sales, which can negatively impact our bottom line. Our customers need the certainty of export credit to successfully pursue many of their commercial sales abroad.  The ongoing defense budget uncertainty compounds this threat for many of our companies with commercial and defense customers.   


Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank should not be a partisan political game. Until recently, it never has been.  In fact, the Bank has been reauthorized more than a dozen times, and recently it was reauthorized with broad bipartisan support.  Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank also helps reduce the deficit.   The Bank earns money on its fees and interest, and last year returned over one billion dollars to the U.S. Treasury.   It is time for Congress to schedule a vote, and reauthorize the bank.


More than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live abroad. We need our customers to have the ability to sell to those consumers.  If they do, many of our businesses will grow, allowing us to hire more employees and re-invest in our economy.  If they no longer have the Bank’s support, it is our foreign competitors who will reap the benefits of greater exports. 


We urge you to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank immediately, helping to reduce our deficit, provide certainty to our economy, and invest in America’s middle class.





Advanced Welding Technologies, LLC

Wichita, KS


Aero-Flex Corp.

Jupiter, FL


Aero-Plastics Inc.

Renton, WA


Aerospace Fabrications of GA

Dallas, GA


Aerospace Futures Alliance of Washington

Kent, WA


Air Industries Group


Aircraft Maintenance & Support



Anaheim, CA


Airready MRO Services Inc.

Melbourne, AR


Alarin Aircraft Hinge, Inc.




Liberty Lake, WA


American Aerospace Controls, Inc.

Farmingdale, NY


Amerisips of the Carolina's

Charleston, SC

Amphenol APCBT

Nashua, NH


Andrews Tool Co., Inc.

Pantego, TX


Arizona Industrial Hardware

Chandler, AZ


Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Cincinnati, OH


Aviation Partners Boeing


Aviation Technical Services

Everett, WA


B/E Aerospace, Inc. Consumables Management

Tulsa, OK


Bedard Machine Inc.

Brea, CA


Boise Inc.

Boise, ID


Bradham Consulting, LLC

Midlothian, VA


Brogdon Machine Inc.

Blue Springs, MO


Buyken Metal Products, Inc



Cascade Columbia Distribution

Seattle, WA



Central Sales & Service, Inc.

Waverly, TN



Certified Inspection Service Co., Inc.

Phoenix, AZ




San Marcos, TX



Chapel Steel

Portland, OR




Sedro Woolley, WA



Clark Manufacturing, Inc.

Wellington, KS




North Las Vegas, NV



CO Maintenance

South Jordan, UT



Coalition Solutions Integrated (CSI)



Columbus Jack Corporation

Columbus, OH



Commercial Aircraft Painting Services LLC

Portland, OR



Consolidated Truck & Caster Co.

Saint Louis, MO



Council for U.S.-Russia Relations

Seattle, WA



CPI Aerostructures



Crace, Inc,

Bellevue, WA



Cv International

Bend, OR



D&S Septic Tank and Sewer Service Inc.

Pacific, MO



David Mann Lean Consulting

Grand Rapids, MI



Davis Door Service, Inc.

Seattle, WA



Delva Tool and Machine Corporation

Cinnaminson, NJ



Denezol Tool Co., Inc

Salem, Or



DESE Research Inc.

Huntsville, AL




The Woodlands, TX



Diamond Machine Works



Distribution International SW, Inc.

Houston, TX



Diversified Industrial Services

Mukilteo, WA



Dyer Company

Lancaster, PA



E-SUV LLC/ DBA E-Ride Industries

Princeton, MN



E.D. Powerco

Lake Elsinore, CA



East Coast Electronics & Data

Rockaway, NJ



EffectiveUI, Inc

Denver, CO



El-Co Machine Products,Inc.

Inglewood, CA




Mukilteo, WA



Elite Tool LLC

Moscow Mills, MO



Elk Creek Lumber Co.

Wilkesboro, NC



Ellwood Group

Irvine, PA



Esterline Technologies

Bellevue, WA



Eustis Co., Inc.

Mukilteo, WA




Rockford, IL



Exelis Inc.

McLean, VA



Exotic Metals

Kent, WA



Fabrisonic LLC

Columbus, OH



Farwest Aircraft Inc.

Edgewood, WA



Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Seattle, WA



Flanagan Industries

Glastonbury, CT



FlightSafety International

Broken Arrow, OK



Fluid Engineering Associates

Port Ludlow, WA



Fluid Mechanics Valve Company

Houston, TX



Frank V Radomski & Sons, Inc.

Colmar, PA



Frontier Electronic Systems Corp.

Stillwater, OK



Gary Jet Center, Inc.

Gary, IN



Gasline Mechanical Inc.




Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

New Bloomfield, MO



Global Consulting & Investments, Inc.

Issaquah, WA



Global Machine Works, Inc.



Global Trade Insurance



GM Nameplate

Seattle, WA



Growth Nation

Scottsdale, AZ



Hapeman Electronics Inc.

Mercer, PA



Harris Group

Seattle, WA



Henkel Corporation

Bay Point, CA



Herndon Products

O’Fallon, MO



Hexagon Metrology, Inc.

North Kingstown, RI



Hirschler Manufacturing Inc.



HITCO Carbon Composites

Gardena, CA



Hobart Machined Products, Inc.

Hobart, WA




Hermann, MO



Horizon Distributing

Yakima, WA



Houston International Trade Development Council, Inc.



Hubbs Machine & Manufacturing, Inc.

Cedar Hill, MO



Hughes Bros. Aircrafters, Inc.

South Gate, CA



Hurricane Electronics, Inc.

Pompano Beach, FL



HVAC R Services LLC

Auburn, WA




Kent, WA



IHS Inc.

Englewood, CO



Illinois Chamber of Commerce





North Charleston, SC



Independent Machine Company

Gladstone, MI



Industrial Sales & Mfg., Inc.

Erie, PA



Industrial Supplies Company

Trevose, PA



Iridium Communications

Tempe, AZ



J. Maxime Roy, Inc.

Lafayette, LA



Janicki Industries

Sedro Woolley, WA



Jet Systems, Inc

Wilbur, WA



JWD Machine

Fife, WA



Kaas Tailored



Kemeny Associates LLC dba Middleton Research

Middleton, WI



Kenmore Air

Kenmore, WA



Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.

Lancaster, PA



Kubco Industrial Equipment, Inc.

Houston, TX



Lamsco West Inc.

Santa Clarita, CA



LKD Aerospace

Snoqualmie, WA



LMI Aerospace

St. Charles, MO



Lockheed Martin

Chelmsford, MA



LORD Corporation

Cary, NC



Luma Technologies, LLC

Bellevue, WA



Magna Tool Inc

Cypress, CA



Maney Aircraft, Inc.

Ontario, CA



Marketech International, Inc.

Port Townsend, WA



Master CNC, Inc

Washington Twp, MI



Maverick Enterprises

Monroe, NC



Meyer Tool Inc.



MFCP Inc - Fluid Connector Products

Portland, OR



MGL Energy, LLC

Destin, FL



Micro-Coax, Inc.

Pottstown, PA



Microsemi Corporation



Millitech, Inc.



NaviTrade Structured Finance LLC

Barrington, IL



Neenah Enterprises, Inc

Neenah, WI



NewAgeSys, Inc

Princeton Junction, NJ



North Star Aerospace, Inc

Auburn, WA



NovaComp Engineering, Inc.

Bothell, WA



Object Computing, Inc. (OCI)

St. Louis, MO




Seattle, WA



Olympic Tool & Machine Corp.

Aston, PA



Onboard Systems

Vancouver, WA



Orbit International Corp.

Hauppauge, NY




Auburn, WA



Pacific Consolidated Industries LLC

Riverside, CA



Papé Material Handling

Seattle, WA




Irvine, CA



Philips Screw Company



PhoenixMart LLC

Scottsdale, AZ



Pioneer Aerofab Corp.



Pioneer Human Services




PM Testing

Fife, WA



ProTek Models, LLC.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA




Allentown, PA



R & S Machining, Inc.

St. Louis, MO



R&B Electronics, Inc.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI



Robert Schneider & Associates, Inc

Kankakee, IL



Russell Investments

Seattle, WA



S & S Welding

Kent, WA



SEA Wire and Cable, Inc.




Service Steel Aerospace



Sigmatex High Technology Fabrics

Benicia, CA



Silicon Designs, Inc.

Kirkland, WA



Silicon Forest Electronics

Vancouver, WA



SKF Aerospace

Indianapolis, IN



Skills Inc.

Auburn, WA



Sound Machine Services, LLC.

Suquamish, WA



Spirit AeroSystems

Wichita, KS




Tempe, AZ



Steel-Fab, Inc.

Arlington, WA



Sunshine Metals Inc.

Wichita, KS



System Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Inc.

Seattle, WA



System Integrators LLC

Glendale, AZ



Tech Manufacturing, LLC

Wright City, MO



Technical Aero, LLC






Telephonics Corporation

Farmingdale, NY



Telepress, Inc.

Kent, WA



The Complete Line LLC

Redmond, WA



The Entwistle Company

Hudson, MA



The Graeber Group Ltd

Kirkland, WA



The Industrial Controls Company

Sussex, WI



The Rockford Agency, Inc.

Manhattan Beach, CA



Thick Film Technologies, Inc.

Everett, WA



Titan Spring Inc.

Hayden, ID



Toray Composites America, Inc.

Tacoma, WA



Trade Acceptance Group, Ltd.

Edina, MN




Transmet Corporation



TRICOR Systems Inc.



Triumph Actuation Systems – Valencia

Valencia, CA



Triumph Composite Systems

Spokane, WA



TSI Incorporated



TTF Aerospace

Auburn, WA



UEC Electronics

Hanahan, SC



Umbra Cuscinetti Inc.

Everett, WA



United Risk Consultants

Dallas, TX



US Aluminum Casting, LLC

Entiat, WA



Valley Machine Shop Inc.

Kent, WA



Ventower Industries



Verde Wood International

Carrboro, NC



Vosky Precision Machining Corp.

Ronkonkoma, NY



Wallquest Inc.

Wayne, PA



Welded Tubes, Inc.

Orwell, OH



Wheeler Industries, Inc.

North Charleston, SC



Will-Mor Manufacturing, Inc.

Seabrook, NH



Wood Group Mustang Inc.

Houston, TX



Wulbern-Koval Co.

Charleston, SC



Zodiac Aerospace




Zyxaxis Inc.

Wichita, KS