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Update from BIC Graphic

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14-SEP UPDATE:

We are pleased to announce that for orders received on Monday, 18-SEP, we will be reinstating 24 Hour Service for all product categories with the exception of writing instruments, lighters and ceramic drinkware.  These categories, which are produced or decorated out of our Florida facilities, will continue to have extended standard lead times by 3 additional days (24 hour service not available). We anticipate to be back to normal lead times, including 24 HR Service, for these categories by the middle of next week and will inform you as soon as that is certain.

Thank you again for your continued support and well wishes as our teams continue to work on getting everything back to normal.

Update from Bullet – Hurricane Irma

bulletTo Our Valued Distributors,

Our team in Miami has been working tirelessly to inspect and clear our facility for re-opening, however we are still without power and internet service. Florida Power & Light is unable to provide updates to individual customers on the timeframe for restoration of power.

As a result, we do not expect to be able to resume production or shipping services in Miami through the balance of this week. We are, however, working to get customer service teams operational in alternate locations in order to begin working through order communications and processing.

We apologize for the continued disruption in service and assure you that we are working diligently to be fully operational as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The PCNA and Bullet Teams

IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Amanda Delaney as Regional Sales Manager – Florida

IMAGEN Brands

Mason, OH – September 5, 2017 – IMAGEN Brands is pleased to introduce Amanda Delaney as Regional Sales Manager – Florida.

IMAGEN Brands would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest colleague, Amanda Delaney. With her passion and love for the industry, we look forward to seeing all the contributions she will bring to the sales team.

We are very excited with the addition of Amanda Delaney to the sales team,” says Ryan Meulemans, District Sales Manager. “With her experience, knowledge, and contagious enthusiasm for the industry, we feel she will be very helpful and refreshing to the customer base in the Florida territory.”

Amanda Delaney

Amanda Delaney – Regional Sales Manager – Florida

Amanda Delaney joins IMAGEN Brands as Regional Sales Manager – FL. She has been in the promotional products industry for over 15 years with a variety of experience including production, Distributor sales, and Supplier inside and outside sales.

My immediate goals with IMAGEN Brands are to make an instant impact and influence on the Florida territory,” explains Delaney. “This is a great company with phenomenal products, and I cannot wait to engage and begin building those relationships with Florida distributors, and see how far we can grow together.”

www.imagenbrands.com
www.crownprod.com
www.vitronicpromotional.com

BIC Graphic Closed Monday, Sept 11

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Due to Hurricane Irma, our manufacturing facilities in Clearwater, FL will continue to be suspended through Monday September 11th . We will have updated communications after the storm has passed and we can re-evaluate.

Hub Pen Recognizes Multi-Line Reps Tim and Pete Rosica

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Braintree, MA, August, 2017 –  Brothers Tim Rosica of Rosica Marketing and Pete Rosica of Rosica Promotions joined Hub Pen’s team of multi-line representatives last spring representing  the company in the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Both brothers have volunteered for the VAPPA (Virginia Promotional Products Association) and CPPA associations.

Tim Rosica

Tim Rosica

Tim has been a multiline rep in the promotional products industry for 21 plus years and started Rosica Marketing over 10 years ago.   He was named one of PPB’s Best Multi-Line Reps of 2016 as well as CPPA’s (Chesapeake Promotional Products Association) Multi-line Rep of the Year for both 2015 and 2016.  Stephanie Petrella of Remline in Newark, Delaware said, “Remline loves Tim Rosica, simply put!  Then add to it the best pen supplier in the industry: You can’t go wrong with Tim and Hub.”

 

Pete Rosica

Pete Rosica

Pete Rosica – 16 years in the industry – has received several Multi Line Rep of the year awards, most recently for the regional associations CPPA and SAAGNY.  The Dutton Team at Summit Marketing (Silver Springs) had this to say about Pete:  “He has always been one of the best salespeople we work with and we have worked with him for many years.  A lot of people can sell, but not everyone can take a challenge and work it through to a good solution.  Pete is always ready to help out with spec samples, virtual proofs and other innovative ways to increase sales with our clients, and his help has been an integral part of our success in increasing our business over the years”

Since Hub Pen teamed with Beacon Promotion earlier this year the brothers have heard nothing but good things about the New Ulm Minnesota promotional powerhouse.  “Beacon has been prompt and thorough when it comes to responding to a customer’s needs.  That helps a rep out in the field tremendously knowing we have that kind of support,” Tim said. “Together with Hub Pen, Beacon gives us an outstanding mix of products to show to our clients and we couldn’t be happier repping these two great companies!”

About HUB:
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 hubpen.com 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 beaconpromotions.com or call customer service at 800-628-9979.

Bullet Facility in Miami Closing Early on Friday

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To Our Valued Distributors,

Due to the extreme weather expected from the landfall of Hurricane Irma this weekend, freight carriers have already suspended pickups and deliveries after 5pm today and the Bullet facility near Miami, FL will be closing at noon on Friday, September 8. We have been working diligently this week to minimize the impact of the impending storm on our service and processing of your orders, while at the same time accommodating the needs of our employees as they purchase supplies, prepare their homes for the storm, and in some cases evacuate their homes altogether. The storm’s forces are expected to impact our immediate area through the beginning of next week, so Bullet will remain closed through Monday, September 11.

It is our hope is that the area will be safe and that transportation services will be operational, allowing us to re-open on Tuesday, September 12. However, safety is our number one priority and we will resume operations as soon as the storm has passed and it is safe to return. Ongoing updates on the operations of the Bullet facility will be shared on our website at www.pcna.com/bullet.

This storm has no impact on the other PCNA lines of business, and Leed’s, Trimark and JournalBooks continue to operate uninterrupted.

We are very appreciative of the support that our customer base has shown this week as we prepare for Irma’s arrival. We are eager to return next week to fulfill your orders.

Thank you,
The PCNA and Bullet Teams

Charles River Apparel Donates Via “Relay to Relief” for Houston

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SHARON, Ma. (September 7, 2017) –Local Sharon, MA business Charles River Apparel will be lending a hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort by hitting the road for the “Relay to Relief”.

Yesterday afternoon, employees at Charles River Apparel loaded up the Charles River Apparel van to the brim with apparel donations and Walmart gift cards. Co-owners Deb and Barry Lipsett then lead the charge by driving the first leg of the trip, with several Charles River Apparel sales representatives stepping up to drive different legs of the trip. The official journey began yesterday evening on Tuesday, September 5th with Barry and Deb Lipsett departing from Sharon, MA with a final arrival date in Houston, TX on Saturday, September 9th.

Additionally, The Advertising Speciality Institue® (ASI) Promotional Products Organization is graciously partnering with Deb and Barry to match their $10,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank with their own $10,000 donation. A combined $20,000 will be donated in total to the Houston Food Bank to help those in need.

Charles River Apparel will cap off the trip by donating 240 doggie rain jackets and the van used for the trip to a Texas animal rescue shelter for their use in the transportation of animals and other efforts.

“It wasn’t a question of if we should help,” says Deb Lipsett, Director of Charles River Cares. “It was a question of how we could best help and how quickly we could make it happen.” Lipsett continues, “charitable giving is such an important part of our culture. Employees were jumping at the chance to be a part of giving back to the Houston community”.

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. Low minimums, decorating (screen print or embroidery) capabilities and same day shipping make Charles River Apparel a one-stop shop for superior quality apparel. Charles River Apparel sells through more than 13,000 distributors and stores nationwide. Charles River Apparel is a Top 40 ASI Supplier for the second year in a row. For more information, visit www.charlesriverapparel.com.

Hirsch Gift Resumes Normal Business Operations

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Houston, TX – Hirsch Gift is back in production days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.  Hirsch Gift’s offices suffered minimal damage during the storm and our team is available to process and ship orders as usual.

Hirsch Gift’s President, Peter Hirsch said, “We appreciate the many messages of support and donations we have received and remain Houston Strong in our Harvey Relief efforts. Volunteers from HPPA have been assisting our relief efforts by helping us organize and distribute donations to shelters around the Houston area, as we resume normal business operations.”

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Maria LaFinchi Joins MAC Specialties

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MAC Specialties, Inc. is pleased to announce that effective September 5, 2017, Maria D. LaFichi will be joining our company as Vice President of Sales. Maria brings over 40 years of industry experience to our company, most recently as Executive Vice President for Zenith Promotions, a position she held for 20 years.

In addition to sales, Maria will assist in new product research and development as well as marketing, catalog and web development. We are excited to have her on board and encourage you to contact Maria via email: sportpromaria@gmail.com to help welcome her to her new position! She is looking forward to hearing from the too-numerous-to-mention industry relationships that she has developed over the years, and is eager to assist you with our fabulous line of products!

Sincerely,

Mark Cohen, President
MAC Specialties, Ltd.
www.sportproducts.com

Pepco Poms Collecting School Supplies in Houston

Pepco Poms

Jeanna Abercrombie of Pepco Poms of Houston – whose facility so far is fine – is spearheading a drive to collect school supplies and children’s clothing to help families and employees in two near-by small towns hard hit by the flooding, to make sure they have what they need when children do return to school. “I know Red Cross and FEMA will help,” said Jeanna. “This is just the next level of help to aid in the stress of parents and teachers who have also been affected. I just don’t want these small towns to be forgotten. There’s got to be more sunshine and hope.”

Jeanna is collecting the specific items below:

  • Walmart gift cards (so families can shop for themselves)
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies like notebooks, crayons etc.
  • Kids shoes, T-shirts, shorts, socks and underwear, preferably new

Mark the boxes with whatever is inside and ship to:
Jeanna Abercrombie
School Relief Efforts
Pepco Promotional Products
9611 Highway 60 South
Lane City, Texas 77453

If you have questions, email Jeanna at jabercrombie@pepcopoms.com.