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PIONEER BALLOON COMPANY RELEASES NEW ROSE GOLD QUALATEX® LATEX AND MICROFOIL® BALLOONS

Pioneer Logo

Pioneer Balloon Company released its latest latex and Microfoil balloon color: Rose Gold. Rose Gold is a currently trending color in the world of promotional products, fashion, and retail and Pioneer capitalized on this trend by producing Rose Gold Qualatex latex and Microfoil balloon colors. The new beautiful color will be offered in the following sizes: 11″ Round Qualatex latex, 30″ Round Qualatex latex, 18″ Round, 18″ Heart, 20″ Star, and 36″ Heart Microfoil
balloons. These balloons are currently available to order.

Founded in 1917, Pioneer Balloon Company is the leading manufacturer promotional products, branded as the Pioneer Line. It includes Qualatex® and AdRite™ latex balloons, Microfoil® balloons, AdMax® balls, Ad Inflatable™ displays, Promotional Flags, Banners, Table Covers & Runners, Event Tents, Pop Up Walls, and Economy Backdrops. For mor e information on Pioneer Line products, call 800-685-4441, email: info@pioneerline.com, or visit pioneerline.com.

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The Chest announces the addition of Brad Schroepfer to the Sales Team

Mary Dobsch, owner The Chest, is pleased to announce Brad Schroepfer, TMB Marketing, Inc., has joined The Chest as of June 1, 2017.

As a veteran in the Promotional Products Industry, Brad brings 29 years of experience to The Chest and welcomes the chance to work with Distributors and solve their customer’s sales opportunities.  “Once I get the chance to present the wide range of creative options available with a line like The Chest, that’s when the real magic happens!   It is extremely rewarding to see an idea that I suggested eventually become the solution.”

“Brad will provide the necessary presence with distributors that we want in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas in addition to Oklahoma,“ noted Mary Dobsch.     “Brad is an outstanding asset to our team and we are pleased that he is able to represent The Chest once again!  With Brad’s prior working knowledge and experience of our product line and creative capabilities, we’re eager to work more closely the distributors throughout his area!”

The Chest has a 35+ year history in the Promotional Products industry, manufacturing custom packaging and boxes in both corrugated and chipboard material.   The Chest is your source for unique, custom projects with fulfillment services available to meet a variety of customer needs.   Contact the factory today to discuss custom and stock options available to you and your customer.  Visit www.chestinc.com to learn more about the full product line available from The Chest.

 

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AWS names Scott Nussinow as Executive Vice President

Artwork Services USA

Columbia, MD – Promotional industry veteran and PPAI Fellow Scott A. Nussinow, MAS has been named Executive Vice President of service provider ArtworkServicesUSA / AWS.

Said Varshal Thakor, AWS President. “Scott’s knowledge of process, background in technology, and ability to connect and engage with peers make him a perfect fit for AWS.”

Nussinow added, “AWS is the preeminent industry back-office and technology services provider. I’m excited by their forward-thinking direction and am looking forward to sharing a compelling story.

Nussinow held senior positions with Falcon, Points of Light, iservecorp/OrderTrax and Gweepromo. He’s volunteered and participated on multiple committees and boards including PPAI, PPEF, SAAGNY Foundation and more.

Since 1999, Artwork Services USA provides scalable back-office order management and artwork services along with its multi-platform web service, eWiz. The AWS team of 800+ employees offers 24/5 and 24/7 real-time response with redundant locations and servers in the U.K. and the U.S.

Nussinow may be reached at scott@artworkservicesusa.com and at 207.619.1015.

Pro Towels Named Among PPB Magazine’s Greatest Companies To Work For in 2017

Pro Towels Family

PPB Greatest Companies To Work For 2017

The industry’s largest towel supplier

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (May 9, 2017) – The Pro Towels family announced that it has been named one of the promotional products industry’s 2017 Greatest Companies To Work For by PPB (Promotional Products Business) magazine. PPB is the industry’s flagship publication published by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the not-for-profit association for more than 14,300 corporate member companies and more than 510,000 industry professionals who lead the $21 billion industry.

PPB’s annual search to find the best industry employers turned up more than 100 companies nominated by their highly satisfied employees. Pro Towels was one of 60 selected for its ability to emulate best practices that keep workers happy, satisfied and engaged. The PPB recognitions were based on employee responses to an online survey exploring several key areas, including engagement, effectiveness, leadership, ethics, pay, benefits, training and work/life balance.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the ‘Greatest’ companies to work for by both PPB and our employees,” said Kevin Nord, President. “We take employee satisfaction to heart and are dedicated to making sure that our employees benefit from a culture that promotes creativity and supports personal growth. In fact, we encourage all Pro Towels employees to take an active role in making our work environment highly productive, collaborative and constantly evolving to keep pace with this exciting industry and the clients we serve.”

Of those industry companies with winning scores, 19 were suppliers, 39 were distributors and two were business services companies. The size of the winning companies, categorized by numbers of employees, was diverse ranging from five to more than 600 and company history was varied too. The oldest company was founded in 1878; the newest is just four years old. Learn more about these outstanding workplaces and see what their employees say about working there in the June issue of PPB available later this month.

For more information about Pro Towels, please visit www.protowels.com.

About Pro Towels
Pro Towels is the largest towel supplier to the promotional product industry with locations coast to coast for the US and Canada. The company offers in-house screen printing, sublimation 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 other premium footwear.

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JNI Names Origaudio Supplier of the Year

Origaudio Logo

(Houston, Texas – April 21, 2017) Jack Nadel International (JNI) honored Origaudio with the Partner of the Year Award during their annual national sales event, NadelU. Held at Hotel ZaZa in downtown Houston, the event convened over 150 of JNI’s national Branding Account Consultants, Coordinators, Key Managers and 30 of its best supplier partners to explore, discover, and evolve.

Debbie Abergel, JNI’s Chief Strategy Officer along with JNI’s CEO Craig Nadel, presented Origaudio the award and explained, “When we introduce a new supplier into our JNI family, we want ensure they’re a great fit and that, together, we’ll be able to build and nurture a long-lasting relationship. Origaudio has been there from the beginning by providing proactive support, innovative ideas, and investing in our relationship to make sure we grow together. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and know there are only great things ahead.”

Mike Szymczak, Origaudio’s co-founder and chief operating officer, accepted the award and commented, “It’s amazing partners like JNI that keeps pushing us to offer the best and most cutting-edge products available in the promotional product industry. We will always strive to exceed expectations in product quality and customer support for JNI and all our distributors.”

Origaudio has managed to see continued growth in both sales and within the organization. As of January 2017, they doubled their product line including the launch of the industry’s first digital imprinted tech backpacks with a one-piece minimum with a three-day production time. By December of 2016, Origaudio doubled the number of its employees as well as opened a second office in the San Francisco bay area to better server their distributors in that area. The upward trend continues as Origaudio adds new and forward-thinking products that the industry has yet to see.

Founded in 2009 by Jason Lucash and Mike Szymczak, Origaudio is a supplier of modern and creative tech products. The company combines innovative and award-winning products with superior customer service and a simple way of doing business. Origaudio prides itself in making creative and unique products that people will enjoy and carry wherever the journey takes them.

Origaudio named Jack Nadel Supplier of the Year

Pictured from left to right: Mike Szymczak, Debbie Abergel, Cassidy Shaw, and Craig Nadel

World Emblem Launches Stickers International

World Emblem

As one of the leaders in its industry, World Emblem is proud to announce the expansion of its already vast collection of products to include a special division of stickers. Stickers International provides personalized stickers available in domed, metallic, matte & glossy. This allows you the freedom of choice to design the perfect sticker for your needs.

Stickers International is your ideal partner for high quality, custom stickers. Stickers International provides services to all aspects of business and industry. Their diverse client base includes hospitality, retail, personal and professional services, promotional, schools, medical offices, and the travel industry. Your stickers can be designed and ordered through the website at https://www.stickersinternational.us/. Their special virtual designer allows customers to customize their own designs at no charge. No graphic design experience is necessary. Once designed, customers have the option to download a free PDF proof of their order for their reference. Free in-house design services are also available to those customers in need of additional assistance with their orders. A variety of fittings as well as endless design possibilities make this a perfect product for all your identification needs. World Emblem International is proud to give a special offer. Submit the code NEW10 at checkout and get 10% off your next order of stickers from Stickers International.

Stickers International

About World Emblem
World Emblem is one of the world’s foremost designers and manufacturers of both industrial and domestic wash, custom embroidered, digital print and sublimated emblems. In addition, World Emblem is also a leading manufacturer of custom transfers, direct screen printing, direct embroidery, reflective emblems and much more. True to its name, World Emblem is a global leader in the identification market, with 7 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Leed’s Launches HXD Decoration

Leeds

Leed’s Launches HXD Decoration

Available on select backpacks, totes, journals and coolers.

PITTSBURGH — April 19, 2017 — Leed’s, a leading promotional products supplier, recently introduced HXD, a cutting-edge decoration method available on select backpacks, totes, journals and coolers. With HXD, logos and other branding elements are given an added dimension that creates a subtle pop on product surfaces. Leed’s parent company, Polyconcept North America, is the exclusive provider of the patented HXD manufacturing process in the United States and Canada.  Trimark, PCNA’s apparel division, introduced HXD in March 2016.

HXD combines key attributes of two decoration methods – the surface interest and high perceived value of embroidery, and the detail, unlimited color and location versatility of transfer. The decoration is remarkably durable, as well. The adhesives have been tested to withstand everyday wear and tear, washing machines and dry cleaning. HXD is available in standard and metallic finishes, as well as a variety of specialty finishes and textures.

To prepare customer artwork for reproduction in HXD, there is a three-step process. First, the customer submits a vector art file. Then, a two-dimensional line art representation of the logo is created. Finally, a three-dimensional color rendering is developed to achieve the HXD look. Following artwork preparation, a special HXD tool is created for the artwork and the decoration is applied to the product.  Since PCNA manufactures the HXD decoration, rather than use a third party, turnaround times are faster and costs are reduced.

The HXD look is currently a popular trend in retail. It’s been seen in professional sports on both the field and sidelines. “We are really excited to offer HXD decoration on these popular Leed’s products,” said Leanne Finney, PCNA Vice President of Marketing. “It’s a truly unique way for brands to set themselves apart. This look is trending in retail and we’re proud to be the exclusive provider of HXD in the U.S. and Canada.”

For more information on HXD, including an image gallery and pricing, visit www.pcna.com/Leeds/.

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About Leed’s
Leed’s is the premier supplier of high-quality promotional products, with goods ranging from pens and drinkware to bags and mobile tech. With an in-house product development team and dozens of leading retail brands, Leed’s continually introduces products with the look, feel and performance customers want, while our award-winning service and cutting-edge decoration capabilities provide a seamless experience from start to finish. As a founding member of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Leed’s promotes quality, safety and integrity among suppliers and has been the recipient of many honors, including 2014 Top Supplier of the Year by Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC) and dozens of ASI Distributor Choice Awards. With global operations headquartered in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Leed’s has been synonymous with excellence for more than 20 years.

Hub Pen Hires Account Manager Bjanka Andov

Hub Pens

Beacon

Braintree, MA, April, 2017 – Hub Pen Company and Beacon Promotions are proud to announce the addition of account manager Bjanka Andov to their inside sales team.  Bjanka came to Hub Pen with almost ten years of account management experience in the telecommunications market.  A Bosnian native and former resident of Germany, she moved to the US with her family nineteen years ago.  Her father Pavle came to work with Hub Pen, running the warehouse until his retirement in 2012.

“I have seen the company grow and prosper over many years. It is amazing to see that so many people have been with Hub for such a long time,” Bjanka remarked.   “You really feel as part of the team from day one. I have learned so much since I came here, and I feel grateful to have so many great co-workers to learn from.”

Bjanka Andov

Bjanka Andov

Bjanka has two small children who keep her busy while not at Hub, a four year old girl and one year old boy.  “Work does not stop when I get home, but when I do catch some time to myself, I enjoy a Barre or Zumba workout. I also love cooking and listening to music.”

“Bjanka is a terrific addition to the Hub Pen/Beacon Promotions Team,” said National Sales Manager, Andy Arruda.   “We have a tremendous sales team and she fits right in with her enthusiasm, intelligence and pleasant personality.  We are lucky to have her!”

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:
A multiple Star Supplier Winner with a great reputation for service.  Our customers have rated us “A+” on the SAGE rating system and 5 out of 5 stars on ESP.   Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as:  calendars and planners, table covers, flashlights, highlighters, housewares 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.

Rustico LLC advises its customers to be aware of new promotional lines which purport to replicate Rustico’s original blueprint designs

Rustico LLC advises its customers to be aware of new promotional lines which purport to replicate Rustico’s original blueprint designs

Orem, Utah- April 14, 2017 –  Rustico LLC – a premium leather supplier that designs and creates authentic-high end journals, bags, wallets and accessories – would like to inform customers that a new promotional line was launched earlier this year with products which appear substantially similar to Rustico’s designs. Rustico encourages customers to verify the source and authenticity of these products and to not accidently pass off imitated SKUs, vintage hardware, hand-sewn patterns, and trade dress as original Rustico designs.

“We are not affiliated with, nor do we license our designs to anyone. Genuine Rustico products are only available through us and each product has our unmistakable Mark of Authenticity,” said Isaac Childs, Chief Creative Officer at Rustico. “While we find this type of imitation flattering but disappointing, Rustico’s purpose is to inspire others to live intentionally and leave their mark. We have been in the industry for 15 years doing just that. We are the original architects of our designs and we will continue to provide first-rate, honest business to our customers,” said Childs.

Rustico first learned of one replicating line at the PPAI EXPO earlier this January in Las Vegas.

Rustico attributes its 15 years of success to its commitment to its core values: authenticity, craftsmanship, generosity, and purpose. In fact, each member of the Rustico family is encouraged to live the company’s mantra of being authentic and to channel their inner craftsmanship—creating and designing from within, true to oneself.

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Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group

IMAGEN Brands

Mason, OH – April 13, 2017 – Crown and Vitronic receives the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group.

Crown and Vitronic was recently awarded the 2016 Spartan Award from Spartan Promotional Group. Kari Rehder, Regional Sales Manager, accepted the award on behalf of IMAGEN Brands at the Spartan’s Award Banquet at the Oak Marsh Country Club in Oakdale, MN on Tuesday, March 21.

“Kari Rehder is our go to person at IMAGEN Brands and works hard to make sure we have all of the information we need to succeed with our orders,” says Cori Hohenwald, Director of Marketing and Vendor Relations. “Her knowledge of the promotional product industry and “spartastic” personality makes her someone that everyone at Spartan likes to work with.”

“Both Crown and Vitronic make getting products into our clients’ hands very efficient and cost effective,” adds Hohenwald. “Crown and Vitronic offer great deals on both samples and self-promotion items that we are able to show our clients. The great service and reliability of both companies have propelled IMAGEN Brands to become one of our Top Suppliers.”

Spartan Award

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