Tom and Patty Hastings, formerly of Pender, were recently honored at the White House in Washington, D.C., when their company, TSL Companies, Inc. of Omaha, received national recognition.

International Logistics, Inc. (ILI), a subsidiary of TSL Companies, was awarded the Presidential “E” Award for Exports by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary John Bryson.

The “E” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“We are honored to receive the “E” Award,” said Tom Hastings, president and CEO of TSL Companies. “We would like to thank all of our customers who made this possible.”

Tom is the brother of Pender resident Mike Hastings, and Patty is the daughter of Phyllis Krahmer of Emerson and sister of Thurston County sheriff Shelly Krahmer Perez.

Additionally, Bill Hoppner is executive vice president of TSL Companies. Bill and his wife, Nancy (Tonjes) Hoppner, were both born and raised in Pender.

A total of 41 U.S. companies and organizations were presented with the “E” Award at the May 17 World Trade Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. ILI was one of only four export service providers to receive this award.

ILI is a global supply chain solution provider and expert in developing distribution solutions that are flexible and specific to the needs of the customer at competitive rates. ILI has a coast-to-coast, border-to-border presence along with more than 100 international offices in 85 countries. Additionally, it offers warehousing, transloading and consolidation services and has contracts with all major railroads and steamship lines.

“I am pleased to recognize International Logistics, Inc. for receiving the President’s ‘E’ Award, which honors companies that make significant contributions toward increasing U.S. exports,” Bryson said.

“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’ Award winners like International Logistics, Inc. have excelled in this effort, demonstrating four years of successive export growth. It is companies like this that are helping to grow our economy and put more Americans back to work,” he said.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first presentation of the President’s “E” Award by President John F. Kennedy. The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order in 1961 to encourage U.S. companies to sell their products abroad.

The companies being honored with this award are selling high quality products and services in every corner of the world and, most importantly, helping create good jobs for American workers.

With more than 100 offices worldwide, ILI’s parent company, TSL Companies, was founded in 1981. It now has terminals in Omaha, Kansas City and Denver and holds the honor of the largest international intermodal trucking company between the Mississippi and the Rockies in the upper 14 Plains states.

The company’s slogan is “One call does it all.”

“We move a shipment from origin to destination, meeting all requirements in between,” Tom Hastings said. “When we go to a customer, we are selling the entire package from depots to drayage to freight forwarding and more. We haul anything and everything, anywhere and everywhere.”

Thomas Hastings knows the trucking traditions of Nebraska quite well; he grew up in the culture.

“I am steeped in the spirit of the transportation business,” he said.

“I’ve been around it my entire life. My dad ran a small trucking company in northeast Nebraska, and I started driving semi for him at 16 years old.”