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.
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.