POLYCONCEPT NORTH AMERICA ACQUIRES HUMPHREYLINE

Top Supplier Now Offers Popular Line of Made in the USA Products 

PITTSBURGH — October 31, 2014 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), the largest promotional products supplier of decorated hard goods and apparel, today announces its acquisition of HumphreyLine (ASI 62050; PPAI 113957), the premier manufacturer of Made in the USA products in the industry.

“Over the past six years we’ve discussed with HumphreyLine’s owner, Mel Ellis, a variety of ways of working together,” said Jim Epstein, chief development officer of Polyconcept.  “Earlier this year, the acquisition potential arose and together we moved quickly to close a deal. This aligned well with PCNA’s heightened interest in adding additional companies to our group through a stepped-up acquisition program.”

Since 1957, HumphreyLine has specialized in providing high-quality, USA Made promotional plastic products and personal care amenities.  PCNA will now offer the company’s full line of products including category expansions into USA Made hand sanitizers, lip balms, insect repellents, sunscreens, stadium cups, sand pails and toothbrushes, among others.  In addition, the acquisition will allow PCNA to offer new decorating capabilities including full-color labeling, offset printing, as well as variable data capabilities.

“Products made in the USA have become an important offering in our industry,” said David Nicholson, president of Polyconcept North America.  “As a fully integrated and specialized American manufacturer, HumphreyLine gives us the opportunity to provide our customers with the best selection of domestic products for their projects.  The company’s impeccable reputation, as well as their dedication to quality and compliance, make them a great addition to PCNA.”

Customers will now be able to work directly with their PCNA sales representatives on new Made in the USA project opportunities.  However, through the end of the year, HumphreyLine will maintain its existing website, processing and service systems.  In January 2015, this will change as HumphreyLine products will be offered exclusively through PCNA’s Bullet business unit.  Orders will continue to be manufactured, produced and fulfilled out of HumphreyLine’s existing Kentucky facility – which boasts exceptional inventory reliability and an industry record of shipping over 99% of its orders complete and on time for the past 20 consecutive years.

“Our success at HumphreyLine was built on one simple objective – serving our customers,” said Mel Ellis, president of HumphreyLine.  “We believe that PCNA shares the same commitment to customer service, which will allow the legacy of our company to continue.  Additionally, we are proud to watch our line of American-made products continue to be offered to our loyal customers as well as reach new distributors across the industry.  We could not be more pleased or more highly complimented than to be joining such a great, industry-leading firm.”

To view the entire list of products available, visit www.humphreyline.com.  All order and order tracking questions should be directed to HumphreyLine through the end of the year.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading promotional products supplier Polyconcept, operates Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and Trimark, four of the most successful brands in North America.  The Polyconcept North America companies provide recognized best-in-class services to the industry, ensuring the highest standards of reliability and quality. Highly complementary product ranges enable Polyconcept North America companies to provide the market with a very comprehensive assortment of products across all major product categories.  Further information is available at www.pcna.com.

About HumphreyLine

HumphreyLine has been a family-owned and operated supplier to the industry for nearly 60 years.  As the original manufacturer of its full product line, Humphrey has focused on products that can be manufactured successfully in the United States, through the use of automation.  An industry leader in six product categories, HumphreyLine has been recognized as a preferred supplier by most of the leading distributor firms in the industry, and is known both for its emphasis on serving the customer and its record of regulatory compliance and product safety.

Natural Trends Announces New Lubricant Sprayer

Natural Trends Announces New Lubricant Sprayer

SPRINGVILLE, UT – Natural Trends has partnered exclusively with Real Technologies, LLC to introduce the industry’s only all-purpose lubricant in a non-aerosol sprayer, the PlanetSafe L6 Lubricant Spray. The cutting-edge non-toxic, non-hazardous, and non-aerosol lubricant is available today from Natural Trends. Previously available only in retail and industrial markets, this proprietary custom version is co-branded under the PlanetSafe Lubricants brand.
“After literally hundreds of requests, we’re excited to offer an all-purpose lubricant in a sprayer, which can be used in so many ways and places, expanding its promotional appeal,” said Paul Christensen, president of Natural Trends.
The PlanetSafe L6 Lubricant is a bio-synthetic product specially formulated to lubricate, penetrate rusted parts, and clean rust and corrosion from surfaces. It has thousands of uses around the home, yard and shop including use on tools, machinery, equipment and power toys. The product does not contain any toxic substances like many other penetrating oils and lubricants, is low-odor, and is already compliant with the recently enacted low VOC regulations. The lubricant is made in the USA.
The new PlanetSafe L6 Lubricant Sprayer will replace the WD-40 No Mess Pen, which has been discontinued by the WD-40 Company and is no longer available. As the exclusive channel partner for WD-40 products for the promotional products industry, Natural Trends will continue to supply the WD-40 3 oz. Handy Can, including the Ultimate Fix-All Kit and Ultimate Redneck Repair Kit.


Additional product details are available at NaturalTrends.com. For more information, please contact Natural Trends at 800-753-9591.

About Natural Trends:
Natural Trends is a Utah-based supplier of innovative and useful everyday products serving the promotional products industry since 1999. Natural Trends is a values driven company with a strong commitment to social responsibility. Our mission is to help other firms succeed through the promotion of their products and services.

ASI: 73497 PPAI: 235352 UPIC: NTrends

Charles River Apparel Welcomes Customers For 50th Head Of The Charles Regatta Participating Athletes Outfitted In Charles River Gear

SHARON, MA; October 27, 2014 – Charles River Apparel, a leading manufacturer of outerwear and performance apparel, welcomed key distributor customers from across the United States to celebrate the 50th Head of the Charles Regatta on October 18 ‐19 in Boston, MA. Charles River Apparel was a premier sponsor of nonprofit rowing organization Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), providing apparel for several CRI teams, as well as the “Great Eight” men’s boat comprised of Olympic rowers.

Among the distributors invited for the event were Gerry and Debbi Barker of Barker Specialty Co. in Cheshire, CT, Brian and Krista Klefos of Schoolbelles in Cleveland, OH, Danielle Dostal, Natalia Ingerson and Kyle Hatton of Axis Promotions
in New York, NY, and Steven and Maria Baillargeon of Graphic Connections in Sudbury, MA.

Charles River customers with Owner Barry Lipsett, VP of Sales Sam Gotlib, and Manager of Community Partnership Deb Lipsett

Guests stayed at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot’s Place, Home of the famed New England Patriots. At Charles River’s main office in Sharon, MA, customers viewed a presentation given by the Production Department and enjoyed a special lunch, mingling with Charles River employees to the entertainment of a blues live band. Saturday and Sunday customers attended the 50th anniversary of the iconic Head Of The Charles Regatta as guests of Charles River President and Owner,
Barry Lipsett, VP of Sales, Samantha Gotlib, and Manager of Community Partnership, Deb Lipsett. At the regatta,customers saw Community Rowing’s Row Boston team, comprised of youth from the Boston Public Schools, in custom
Charles River rowing unisuits. Additionally, CRI athletes that participated in Head of the Charles’ Para events were outfitted in hi‐tech wicking t‐shirts and warm‐ups. CRI staff members working at the event sported Charles River’s
popular Men’s and Women’s Stealth Pullover and Jacket.

“We really enjoyed welcoming our esteemed customers and friends to our company headquarters, and to Boston to join us for a New England tradition” commented Samantha Gotlib, Vice President of Sales for Charles River Apparel. “It was a memorable weekend for all.”

Polyconcept North America Announces Two New Affiliates in the PCNA Market Place

POLYCONCEPT NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES TWO NEW AFFILIATES IN THE PCNA MARKET PLACE

Fey Promotional Products Group and Evans Manufacturing To Join the PCNA Market Place

PITTSBURGH — October 24, 2014 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), a leading supplier within the promotional products industry, announces today that two additional suppliers have signed on to join the PCNA Market Place.  Fey Promotional Products Group (ASI 54040; PPAI 113944) will have two storefronts launching in November – Fey Line and Mi-Line.  Evans Manufacturing (ASI 52840; PPAI 110747) will activate their storefront in early December.

“Fey Promotional Products Group and its three brands are very excited to join the PCNA Market Place,” said Mike Fey, MAS, vice president for Fey PPG. “The Market Place is revolutionary for the promotional advertising industry.  We appreciate the utilization of technology to enable more streamlined fulfillment of orders as well as the ability to reach a greater number of distributors.”

“Evans Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be a partner in the newly developed PCNA Market Place,” said Shelley Sake, MAS, vice president of sales and marketing for Evans Manufacturing.  “The Market Place will be an invaluable tool for distributors to have access to a wide array of the best products and services in the promotional products industry.   This will be brought to them via a ground-breaking business platform – PCNA Market Place.  At Evans, we pride ourselves in being innovative in technology, product and service, and this initiative is closely aligned with our overall company goals in those areas.    PCNA Market Place will allow Evans to expose a wider audience to the products we offer.    We are excited to be on the ground floor of this exciting venture with the most respected product lines in our industry.”

The PCNA Market Place launched in October 2014 and is a revolutionary new way for distributors to find an even wider range of unique promotional products for their clients.   Products in the PCNA Market Place can be easily accessed through the robust search functionality and filtering of the new www.pcna.com web platform.  In addition, Market Place products can be added to lists, compared or shared just like other PCNA products.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading promotional products supplier Polyconcept, operates Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and Trimark, four of the most successful brands in North America.  The Polyconcept North America companies provide recognized best-in-class services to the industry, ensuring the highest standards of reliability and quality. Highly complementary product ranges enable Polyconcept North America companies to provide the market with a very comprehensive assortment of products across all major product categories.  Further information is available at www.pcna.com.

About Fey Promotional Products Group

With over 50 years of industry experience, Fey Promotional Products Group is comprised of three distinct product offerings – Fey Line, Mi Line by Fey and Reflectix by Fey.  Fey Line is a leading U.S. based manufacturer and decorator of branded business and office products such as ring binders, policy wallets, calendars and tally books to the promotional advertising industry.  Mi Line by Fey produces promotional products used in and around the home from FDA compliant materials such as kitchen utensils, night lights, wall safety plugs, pocket screwdrivers and most notably of which is the World’s Best Pizza CutterTM.  Reflectix by Fey, produces CPSIA compliant reflective safety items with a patented low light reflective technology allowing individuals wearing the items to be seen from over 300 feet away in total darkness.   Further information is available at www.fey-line.com.

About Evans Manufacturing

About Evans Manufacturing, Inc. –  Evans Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer and supplier of innovative promotional products.   Evans leads the industry in the development and selection of products that are specifically designed for the promotional products industry.   With the widest color selection in the industry, and over 300 products that are manufactured in the USA, Evans has established itself as a reliable and well-respected industry supplier.   Further information is available at www.evans-mfg.com.

About PCNA Market Place

PCNA Market Place is a revolutionary new way to find unique promotional products.  PCNA has partnered with select, high quality suppliers to offer products that complement those offered by the PCNA companies.  Through the Market Place, distributors have easy access to a wider range of suppliers with the ease of working through a single supplier – Bullet – a trusted member of the PCNA family.  Suppliers interested in becoming an affiliate member of PCNA Market Place should contact affiliate@PCNAMarketPlace.com for more information.

Jetline Adds Embroidery Capability


Jetline is excited to announce the addition of embroidery to its wide range of existing decoration capabilities. The company expects to do an initial launch with several existing products starting in November, which will then be followed by a category-level product expansion geared towards embroidery.

For additional information, please see the attached press release or visit our newsroom at http://jetlinepromo.com/news/embroidery

Charles River Apparel Among Local Organizations Rushing Aid In Record Time

Company answers request to provide clothing donation in wake of bridge closing

SHARON, MA; October 21, 2014 – Charles River Apparel, a leading manufacturer of outerwear and performance apparel, was recently called upon by non-profit organization, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, with a critical request to provide clothing as quickly as possible. Safety concerns about the access bridge to the Long Island Homeless Shelter in Boston, MA gave the City of Boston little choice but to abruptly close the island. This decision affected more than 400 homeless guests and transitional program residents, many of whom were forced to leave with just the clothes on their backs.

Friends of Boston’s Homeless quickly rallied efforts from the community for clothing, food and toiletries for the hundreds of relocated homeless guests. Charles River apparel was among many perennial advocates of the homeless that provided support, including Friends’ Board of Directors, Boston Red Sox, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Costa Fruit & Produce, TD Garden and others.

“As a family-owned business, we make it a priority to give back to the community through volunteerism and charitable efforts” said Deb Lipsett, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Charles River Apparel. “We are here to assist our neighbors in need. Everyone deserves a warm place to live, food and clothing, so this was an easy decision for us to provide help.” In just one week, more than 100 community partners made donations in support of the community’s most vulnerable, raising over $100,000 thus far.

Founded in 1987, Friends of Boston’s Homeless works to support the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services and to create Beyond Shelter recovery, job training, work experience, employment and transitional and permanent housing programs. “The Friends of Boston’s Homeless is a vehicle for businesses and individuals in the Community to help in the solutions to homelessness”, stated John Rosenthal, Friends Founder and Chairman. “The City of Boston is a national model for respectfully addressing homelessness, and our community partners are generously stepping up once again to help solve the current extremely challenging situation created by the Long Island Bridge closure,” continued Rosenthal.

All of those displaced by this month’s bridge closing were thankfully relocated to new temporary shelters. However, the demand for everyday essentials including clothing, laundry service and food service continue to present special challenges. This is our community and together we can make a difference. Want to help? Simply visit fobh.org to make a donation or to find out other ways you can assist.

For more information about Friends of Boston’s Homeless and the thousands of formerly homeless helped move Beyond Shelter, visit fobh.org. For more information about Charles River Apparel’s support to those in urgent-need situations through the Charles River Cares™ Program, visit charlesriverapparel.com.

ABOUT CHARLES RIVER APPAREL

Charles River Apparel is a leading manufacturer of innovative active wear for a variety of markets. Since its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, New England-based Charles River Apparel has been recognized for the quality, style, performance and value of its apparel, and the high level of its customer service. The company’s award-winning in-house design team incorporates the latest materials and technology into its designs to deliver a line that is notable for its appeal, versatility, and long-lasting wearability. Charles River Apparel sells through more than 13,000 distributors and stores nationwide. For more information visit charlesriverapparel.com.

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Innovation Line Adds Multi-Line Representative

Innovation Line just retained the services of a New Sales Representative, Dan Pigott
to represent them in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and
Washington DC.   Dan has been in the Industry for 25 years and serves currently
as incoming President of the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association. Please click the link below for a profile on Dan Pigott.

http://www.promocorner.com/id/20141006/#/24/

 

 

Innovation Line Hires The Doyle Group

We are pleased to announce our new association with Mike Doyle, Kerry Schmock and Lorel Gardner of The Doyle Group, now being represented exclusively in the Great State of Michigan.

Innovation line is an award winning 5 Star, Platinum, and A Rated leading supplier in the promotional products industry. We have recently received Counselor Magazine’s “Top Ten Fastest Growing Suppliers” for 2013 award. Since 1978, Innovation Line has built a stellar reputation and successful business model utilizing its philosophy of lower prices and higher standards.

We specialize in supplying budget friendly and economical promotional products and USA manufactured acrylic awards. The ALL NEW enclosed 2015 Awards catalog features over 150 unique and creative plaques and awards, most of which are manufactured in our plant in the USA.  Unlike other awards suppliers, Innovation Line offers 4 color process digital printing, screen printing and laser engraving, in any combination, on the products in its award line. Additionally, our full line catalog is packed with exclusive products and very competitively priced tote bags, cinch packs, tech products, office products, sunscreens and sanitizers, lanyards, badge holders, table covers, sunglasses and so much more. Innovation Line offers 2 Day Rush Service on most items and will always ship 3 Day Air at the price of ground freight, as requested.

Lastly, as a special incentive to distributors located in the Great State of Michigan, we have reprinted our popular Super Saver Catalog and extended the special pricing until March 31, 2015!

Check out these money saving coupons from DC ProSupplier Gempire!

POLYCONCEPT NORTH AMERICA INTRODUCES ITS NEW MARKET PLACE

New Shopping Experience Expands Options for Distributors,

Debuts with Partnership with Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant 

PITTSBURGH — October 17, 2014 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), a leading supplier within the promotional products industry, announces today that it has launched the PCNA Market Place within its new web platform www.pcna.com.  The PCNA Market Place is a revolutionary new way for distributors to find an even wider range of unique promotional products for their clients.   Its initial launch features Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant (UPIC: CHOCINN; ASI: 44900; PPAI: 111662; SAGE: 50684; PPPC: 920802) exclusively with seven of their key items.  Additional affiliates and products will be added consistently over time.

For the Market Place, PCNA partners with select, high quality suppliers that offer promotional products that complement those offered by the PCNA companies.  The Market Place benefits distributors by providing easy access to a wider range of suppliers without the need to manage a large number of vendors in their systems.  The Market Place benefits suppliers by providing them expanded reach to more distributors with a streamlined order management process.

Products in the PCNA Market Place can be easily accessed through the robust search functionality and filtering of the new www.pcna.com web platform.  In addition, Market Place products can be added to lists, compared or shared just like other PCNA products.

What makes the PCNA Market Place especially unique is that the affiliate offerings are seamlessly integrated into www.pcna.com.  Each affiliate has their own “store front” in the PCNA Market Place section, but the products are also included, as appropriate, in searches done within Leed’s, Bullet and Trimark Powered by Leed’s.  Further, consolidated order tracking is available within the site as well.

The Market Place experience is made possible by the powerful new systems and customer service capabilities at Bullet.  Distributors can order products from PCNA’s affiliate partners by simply placing orders through Bullet – a trusted member of the PCNA family.  Bullet processes the orders and handles all communication with customers.  The affiliate partner fulfills the order and provides all tracking information back to Bullet.  Bullet then invoices the customer and collects payment.

“Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant is very excited to be the charter member of the PCNA Market Place,” said Lance Stier, principal of Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant. “We believe that PCNA is a premier industry player and it is our strategic mission to associate with premier partners across all aspects of our business, whether with our distributor partners, brand partners – like Godiva® Lindt ® or Jelly Belly ® – or our vendors.  We believe that the PCNA Market Place is a great leap forward in industry technology and, by joining with PCNA, will extend the reach of CITG’s best-in-class food, packaging and printing capabilities to a new universe of customers and opportunities. We are excited and ready to do our part in making this exciting initiative a success.”

Jim Epstein, chief development officer of Polyconcept, shares, “We’re delighted to have Chocolate Inn be our first affiliate to launch the PCNA Market Place. Chocolate Inn is looking forward to partnering with Polyconcept to expand their distributor reach and leverage the new pcna.com web site and tools, while maintaining their own go-to-market. We expect Chocolate Inn to be the first of many supplier affiliates to partner on the Market Place.”

PCNA Market Place is currently only available in the US, but plans are to expand it to Canada in the near future.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading promotional products supplier Polyconcept, operates Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and Trimark, four of the most successful brands in North America.  The Polyconcept North America companies provide recognized best-in-class services to the industry, ensuring the highest standards of reliability and quality. Highly complementary product ranges enable Polyconcept North America companies to provide the market with a very comprehensive assortment of products across all major product categories.  Further information is available at www.pcna.com.

About Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant

With over 50 years of award-winning experience, Chocolate Inn a/ Taylor & Grant is the leading manufacturer of custom chocolate, mints & candy, exclusively servicing distributors in the promotional products industry. The company also offers the widest selection of packaging, products & imprinting options while maintaining the highest food safety standard in the industry. Further information is available at www.taylor-grant.com.

About PCNA Market Place

PCNA Market Place is a revolutionary new way to find unique promotional products.  PCNA has partnered with select, high quality suppliers to offer products that complement those offered by the PCNA companies.  Through the Market Place, distributors have easy access to a wider range of suppliers with the ease of working through a single supplier – Bullet – a trusted member of the PCNA family.  Suppliers interested in becoming an affiliate member of PCNA Market Place should contact affiliate@PCNAMarketPlace.com for more information.

 

CONTACT:

Leanne Finney

Vice President of Marketing

Polyconcept North America

400 Hunt Valley Road

New Kensington, PA  15068

PH:  866-533-3724, ext. 2269

lfinney@pcna.com