Hub Pen and MLR Sharon Schiffelhuber Awarded SAAGNY Achievement Awards

Hub Pens

New Rochelle, NY, December, 2017 – Hub Pen is pleased to announce that the company and their MLR Sharon Schiffelhuber were honored with 2017 SAAGNY (Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York) Achievement Awards.  Award winners were announced at the association’s holiday party on December 7.  “Recognizing our membership for their achievements throughout the year is by far my favorite aspect of the holiday party,” said SAAGNY President John R. B. Cudahy, CAS.  “What makes it even more special is many of the award winners were selected by their peers.”

Hub Pen Company received the organization’s Supplier Technology Award for its outstanding web presence through effective mobile marketing, maintaining an informative and distributor friendly supplier website, and its engaging and responsive social media channels.

The company’s MLR Sharon Schiffelhuber received SAAGNY’s Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work in the industry and her community including her work as a Boy Scout leader; volunteering for West Essex Parents for Autism Awareness (WEPPA); and for her work with the SAAGNY Foundation, most notable as co-chair for two popular programs for children in the community.

“We are thrilled to receive the technology award, and for Sharon for receiving the humanitarian award,” said Hub Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Trina Bicknell.  “They are both great honors.”



About Hub Pen:
Boston has been described as the “Hub of the Universe” and in the Hub Pen story the same holds true. From Frank and Rita Fleming’s humble beginnings in Boston in 1954 to the 100 million pen annual operations of today, Hub Pen has grown to serve an ever -increasing national and international market.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.  For more information on Hub Pen, visit our website at or call customer service at 800-388-2323.

About Beacon:
Beacon is a multiple Star Supplier Winner with a great reputation for service.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on  SAGE and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.   Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as:  Calendars, table covers, housewares, tools, techie, auto, highlighters and Name badges.  You will also find premium leather products in our Canyon Outback Leather line and Name Brand products for executive gifts and incentives.   For more information on Beacon, visit our website at or call customer service at 800-628-9979.

DistributorCentral is Launching a New Dashboard in January of 2018


There is an exciting new face-lift to the DistributorCentral dashboard that will be launching January of 2018.

“We are excited to move the DistributorCentral dashboard to the next stage in modernization…”, says DistributorCentral’s User Experience Designer, Rachel Dykes.

What’s New?

We have replaced the horizontal navigation menu, at the top, with a modern side-menu that is now located down the left of the page. Other changes you will see include updated fonts, colors, and increased readability

Activating the new dashboard

In 2 simple steps you can using our new dashboard:

  1. In the very top right of your dashboard, click the “Preview” link
  2. Your page will then load the new dashboard

What do you think?

With the new update, there is now an easy way to submit your feedback directly to our team.

  1. Just click on the smiley face in the top right of the dashboard
  2. Type in your feedback
  3. Let us know if it is a “happy” comment or an “unhappy” comment by selecting either a smiley face, or frown face.
  4. Then Submit your feedback

We are dedicated to building an environment that is comprehensive but easy-to-use. Your feedback is vital in us reaching this goal, so please let us know how you like the new dashboard, or other updates that we release in the future.

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant Finalizes Lanco Acquisition

Chocolate Inn

NC Chocolate Manufacturing LLC (NCCM), parent company of Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant, acquired the assets of Lanco, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

The acquisition, which is NCCM’s sixth in the promotional products industry and its largest to date, was finalized on Dec. 8.

“We are excited to announce the acquisition of Lanco,” Lance Stier, managing member of NCCM, said in a press release. “The acquisition significantly expands our presence in the food category—where Lanco has been a long-time leader in chocolate foiled squares and other edibles—plus, significantly enhances our product offering, including best-selling full color microfibers, lip balms, hand sanitizers, customized bottled water and other popular promotional items.”

NCCM plans to release a “Best of Chocolate Inn/Lanco” catalog in early 2018, which will include offerings from each brand. Going forward, Lanco will retain its name and operate from its Ronkonkoma facility.

“We believe these businesses are highly synergistic,” David Miller, president of Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant said. “Our customer bases and product lines are highly complementary. Plus, we are very excited to invest capital into developing new products and new capabilities for our expanding customer base.”

“I am thrilled to have Lanco join the Chocolate Inn family,” Scott Slade, president of Lanco said. “I am looking forward to working with their team and creating a customer experience that will be unmatched in the industry. Joining forces will allow us to build upon the foundation of our business—the customer-first focus. Chocolate Inn’s business model will allow us to bring Lanco’s customers industry-leading capabilities including product innovation, increased in-stock levels and exemplary service.”

For more information on Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant, visit



San Diego, CA – Terry Town (asi90913, ppai230911, sage66966), frequently awarded Supplier of Towels, Blankets, Robes and related accessories, has announced the hiring of McGovern Marketing, Kurt & Kyle McGovern, to represent the company in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

“Kurt and Kyle have deep experience in the states they represent and we’re thrilled to now have the highest level of professional coverage in such an important region”, commented Michael Del Bucchia, Vice President of Sales.

The McGoverns complete what has become a powerful nationwide Terry Town sales force. They join Ed Maloney & Blake Dugger in the West, Scott Blankenship & Sharon Wohlleber in the Southwest, Joe Keely in the lower Midwest, Jon Wendinger in the upper Midwest, Chris Sinatra in the Central Midwest, Mark Larned & Ken Cecco in the Northeast and Bill McDonald & Doug Terry in the Southeast.

Terry Town offers the broadest color, style, and size selection of Towels, Blankets, Robes and spa/home gift items in the promotional product industry. Our unique embellishment capabilities such as or proprietary full color sublimation, award-winning screen printing along with exceptional embroidery can be found on our website at

alphabroder and Prime Line Combine


The merger will create the industry’s first true “one-stop-shop” for promotional products, raising the bar on convenience, service and solutions.

alphabroder, Trevose, Pa., the leading distributor of imprintable sportswear and accessories in North America, has announced the addition of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Line to its family of brands. The combination of these two companies establishes a new standard in the industry for convenience, service and solutions, creating the industry’s first true “one-stop-shop.”

“As a family business with long-time employees, we gave careful consideration to this strategic move, and ultimately feel that this is in the best interest of both customers and employees,” said Jeff Lederer, now president of alphabroder’s hard goods division, which will operate under the Prime Line name, and will report directly to alphabroder CEO Norm Hullinger. “The industry is changing, and it was important for me to make sure Prime Line is positioned in the best possible way moving into the future. We have chosen a partner in alphabroder that matches our values and commitment to the future. I am so excited to work with Norm and Dan Pantano, president of alphabroder, helping to lead the team to the next level.”

Lederer and the long-time members of the Prime Line management team will be joining the alphabroder management team while continuing to operate Prime Line with the same dedication to customers and family values that created one of the industry’s leading companies, which was one of the key drivers for alphabroder in this deal.

As plans were being formed for the integration of these two great companies, Hullinger and Lederer agreed to place one priority above all else: Continue to deliver the highest level of service to all of our customers.

“The combination of these two great companies and cultures was born out of the input from our customers,” Hullinger said. “We will honor this by continuing our sharp focus on their businesses. Bringing our organizations together will provide us with the flexibility and agility to focus 100 percent on our customers, to deliver best-in-class solutions to help their businesses succeed. This merger provides our customers with unmatched product choice, reach, delivery and availability. The quality and longevity of the Prime Line team and their corporate culture firmly grounded in family values brings a high level of predictability to the business, which is essential to delivering the ultimate customer experience, and these were the key drivers of this deal.”

alphabroder is committed to the ongoing growth of the company and the industry. Prime Line is the fourth significant company to join the alphabroder family in the last five years, having added Bodek and Rhodesin 2015, Ash City Worldwide in 2014 and Imprints Wholesale in 2012.

Tricia Lyster
(215) 291-6140 ext. 1399

About alphabroder:
Founded in 1919, alphabroder is North America’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the promotional products marketplace. alphabroder offers more than 40 brands including a broad selection of retail and trade brands from Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Jerzees, Bella + Canvas, Next Level, American Apparel, adidas Golf, Champion, alternative and Dickies, as well as private label brands including UltraClub, North End Sport, North End, Core365, Devon & Jones, Harriton and Team 365.

About Prime Line:
Founded in 1980, Prime Line became an industry leader through the introduction of innovative products and services. The company, headquartered in Bridgeport, Conn., now offers more than 1700 products across 15 categories. It features exclusive brands such as MopToppers, Leeman New York, Rubik’s and BUILT, as well as numerous product collections. In 2016, it acquired Jetline, which was rebranded as Prime’s value line. Source Abroad by Prime is the company’s custom and overseas sourcing division offering fully custom products as well as fast turn import items. A founding member of QCA, Prime has an industry leading focus on product safety and regulatory compliance.

For more information on alphabroder, visit For more information on Prime Line, visit

Hub Pen Company Bolsters Portfolio with a Pair of Drinkware Additions

Hub Pens

New York, NY, November 30th, 2017 – The U.S.’ second largest designer and supplier of promotional writing instruments, Hub Pen Company (, has made significant additions to its product portfolio with the acquisition of Balch Springs, Texas’s Best Promotions USA ( and Channelview, Texas’s Cooler Graphics ( in deals that were finalized on November 15th, 2017.

The companies share a common foundation, rooted in best-in-class service, quick turnaround times and forging long-lasting partnerships with their respective customer bases.  As a combined business, this commitment to satisfying customers will continue to be the company’s top priority. Best Promotions and Cooler Graphics add distinctly different product lines and separate production facilities to Hub’s current offerings, so the integration is expected to be seamless for employees and customers of all firms, while expanding offerings for customers.

“For more than 60 years, Hub Pen has focused solely on writing instruments and in doing so we have been able to deliver the highest quality pens at a better value than anyone in the market,” said Joe Fleming, President of Hub Pen. “Building on the 2016 addition of Beacon Promotions and its broad portfolio of quality products, joining forces with Best Promotions USA and Cooler Graphics enables us to apply that same passion for excellence to the drinkware category.”

Best Promotions USA president, Mike Hicks, sees similar value for his company in the wake of the merger. “We started by bringing things together with Cooler Graphics. We jumped at the opportunity to add the world famous Slap, Wrap and Go beverage holder, along with a full line of neoprene-based promotional products to the Best portfolio. And then, to have an opportunity to partner with an industry leader like Hub and gain access to the great product lines they have, that was a complete win-win for us,” Hicks said. Adding, “We are really looking forward to adding all of these new drinkware offerings to the Hub/Beacon portfolio of promotional products.”

Both Fleming and Hicks will remain in leadership roles for the combined team going forward. Cooler Graphics will roll up into a brand within Best Promotions, with Jeromy Turner remaining in the general manager role at Cooler Graphics’ Channelview, TX facility. Hub Pen and Best Promotions USA will continue to attend industry events; appearing for the first time with a shared strategy for the ASI and PPAI Expos in January 2018.


About Hub Pen Company
Hub Pen Company is a second generation, family-owned business headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts. Its 300+ employees service more than 12,000 promotional products distributors and the company decorates more than 215 million pens each year – making it the second largest designer and supplier of promotional writing instruments in the United States.

About Beacon Promotions
Beacon Promotions is an award-winning promotional products supplier with a great reputation for service and customer satisfaction. Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as: calendars, table covers, housewares, tools, technology solutions, automotive accessories, highlighters and name badges. Beacon also provides premium leather products in its Canyon Outback Leather line and countless name brand products for executive gifts and incentives.

About Best Promotions USA
Best Promotions USA is a leading provider of imprinted drinkware promotional products headquartered in Balch Springs, Texas. Founded in 2007, the company is comprised of 90 employees committed to answering the phone and saying yes to all of its customers. Best is especially well-known for the millions of coolies produced on state-of-the-art equipment enabling industry leading delivery times.

About Cooler Graphics
Cooler Graphics is a second generation, family-owned business headquartered in Channelview, Texas. Founded in 2001 by Gerald Tuner, Cooler Graphics specializes in neoprene-based promotional products. Known for its Slap, Wrap and Go beverage insulator bracelet, Cooler Graphics also sells coolies, bottle hoodies, lunch bags, and other outdoor sportsmen products.



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New Field Sales Managers Will Enhance Service To Customers In Three U.S. Territories

 PITTSBURGH, PA — December 5, 2017 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is excited to announce the addition of three new Hardgoods Field Sales Managers.

  • Matt Dyke comes to PCNA with 12 years of experience in the promotional products industry. He will be serving customers in North Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
  • Julie Nordine Jacob comes to PCNA with over 17 years of experience in the promotional products industry. She will be serving customers in Northern Georgia.
  • Jim Ferris comes to PCNA with three years of experience in the promotional products industry. He will be serving customers in Indiana.

The new Field Sales Managers will be their customers’ primary contact for PCNA Hardgoods. With these additions, PCNA continues to provide distributors with best-in-class service for the industry’s biggest product collection.

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About Polyconcept North America
Polyconcept North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, a global promotional products supplier. With headquarters near Pittsburgh, Pa., PCNA operates Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and Trimark. As the corporate home for this diverse group of suppliers, PCNA offers customers the widest selection of products, cutting-edge decoration and excellent service. Learn more at


Pro Towels Family

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – December 4, 2017 – The Pro Towels Family is excited to announce the promotion of Keith Lofton to the role of Vice President of Sales.

Keith has been an invaluable member of the team for almost 6 years, from a starting role as regional director in the southeast, to most recently National Accounts Director, East. Former VP of Sales, Brian Porter, on Keith’s promotion “Keith is one of the hardest working, most forward thinking, and true team
players I’ve had the honor to call a coworker and a friend. We came in at the same time, with a single goal… to make Pro Towels the undisputed largest and most well-respected towel companies in the industry. Mission accomplished! With my departure, I couldn’t imagine someone more equipped to continue that mission with Superior, Kanata and Neet Feet!”

“We are super excited to see Keith’s growth within our company. We believe Keith is in the best position to take the Pro Towels Family to the next level,” states President of Pro Towels Family, Kevin Nord.

Keith shares the excitement for the promotion as well. “I’m so thrilled with this opportunity. It’s something I’ve been preparing myself for since I’ve started at Pro Towels and I’m ready for my next challenge. It has been a pleasure to learn and grow under Brian these past few years and he will be missed. Our team has worked hard to be able to take the next step and it’s that time. I can’t wait!”

Keith Lofton

Keith Lofton

About Pro Towels
Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations on both the east and west coast. The company offers in-house screen printing and embroidery services to support a broad product line of beach, golf, and sport towels. Additionally, Pro Towels carries bathrobes and other beach accessories to complement its towel line. The Pro Towels family of companies also includes Kanata Blanket Company, a leader in premium blankets, décor and lifestyle products, and Superior, a leader in contract decorating for the promotional products industry for over 30 years. Most recently, the Pro Towels family acquired Neet Feet, a supplier of quality custom logo flip flops and premium footwear.




Grand Island, New York; December 5, 2017 Starline USA is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Porter to its Senior Management Team as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Brian brings with him over 20 years of promotional products experience to the Starline family and remains an active volunteer in the industry. He most recently served as VP of North American Sales at ProTowels. Prior to that, Brian held positions at Spector & Co. and Barton Nelson (Bebco).

Brian currently serves on the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) Board of Trustees. He is also a long-time volunteer for the Promotional Products Association of the Midwest (PPAM) regional association, having served as its President in 2016.

“We are thrilled to have Brian join the Starline family,” says Daniel Norris, Starline President. “Our partnership reflects Starline’s dedication to  enhancing current client relationships and exposing our expansive offerings to a larger client base.”

“For years, I’ve watched Starline become the leader in so many categories,” says Brian. “With an exceptional management team in place and as a forerunner in the technological future of our industry, I am beyond excited about joining this organization!”

Brian will oversee the USA and Canadian Sales and Marketing Teams. Reporting to Brian will be Alex Jovetic, VP of Canadian Sales and Julie Fritsch, Director of Marketing.

Brian Porter

Brian Porter


ABOUT STARLINE | Starline is a Top 50 supplier in the Promotional Products Industry specializing in quality, high-end gifts. Starline is the home of the patented and award winning TruColor™ digital decoration technique. With locations in Grand Island, NY and Concord, Ontario, Starline remains committed to seamlessly servicing the needs of its North American distributor base. For more information, please visit our website

Sweda Welcomes Craig Wallace as New National Accounts Rep

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(CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., December 1, 2017) – Sweda Company, LLC (ASI 90305, PPAI 113914, SAGE 56805, UPIC SWEDA)

Sweda is proud to announce the hiring of Craig Wallace as a new National Accounts Executive. Craig joins Sweda most recently from OMNi Apparel where he served as the Business Development Manager, representing many of the accounts he will work with at Sweda. Prior to working with OMNi, Craig spent 11 years with Staples Promotional Products in a variety of roles including Field Sales Manager. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig on board Team Sweda,” says Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kellie Claudio. In his position at Sweda, Craig will be managing a portfolio of national accounts.

Craig Wallace

Craig Wallace

ABOUT SWEDA: Founded in 1976, Sweda Company, LLC is the preferred choice of innovative marketing solutions for the advertising specialties industry. Sweda is a founding member of Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) and an ASI 5-Star Supplier, offering complete services, competitive pricing and quality customer care to its distributor customers. Sweda’s product offering covers 18 categories including: bags, drinkware, headwear, gifts, home and office, outdoors, gift sets, stationery, technology, time and writing instruments.