Management

Hub Pen Recognizes Multi-Line Rep Scott Blankenship
July 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Hub Pen Company, Braintree, Mass., recognized multi-line sales representative Scott Blankenship for his service to the company and industry. Scott Blankenship joined Hub Pen Company as a multi-line sales rep in early 2011, representing North Texas. In 2014, he started representing the company in Oklahoma as well. Blankenship was born in California, but has lived…

BDA LLC Acquires SwervePoint
July 20, 2017 at 1:52 pm

BDA LLC, Woodinville, Wash., announced yesterday that it has acquired Boston-based SwervePoint. “Over the last decade, SwervePoint has established itself as an industry innovator focused on amazing customer service," Jay Deutsch, co-founder and CEO of BDA, said in a press release. Early on, we identified them as a potential acquisition partner due to business acumen…

Did Staples' Board Sell Too Low? Multiple Law Firms Think So
July 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

A little less than a month ago, Staples' board of directors unanimously approved a sale to Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion, and the dust seemed to be settling on the whole situation. But, because we are apparently masters of foreshadowing, our last words on the subject were "The story of Staples could be far from…

HALO Branded Solutions Completes Record-Breaking National Sales Meeting
July 19, 2017 at 11:52 am

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., recently concluded its annual National Sales Meeting with record attendance of more than 300 of the company’s top account executives and more than 200 supplier personnel from HALO’s Preferred Supplier Program at The Omni Nashville…

iPROMOTEu Adds Two Industry Veterans to Its Management Team
July 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

iPROMOTEu, Wayland, Mass., announced that it has hired industry veterans Gary Goodhart and Guy Dupuis as directors of affiliate sales development. In this role, they will work with iPROMOTEu’s independent distributor affiliates (IDAs) to help them increase their sales and profitability. Both new hires have considerable experience working in the promotional products industry and, in…

Is Ethiopia the New Hub for Apparel Manufacturing?
July 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

For companies who source apparel items outside of the U.S., countries like China and Bangladesh have been some of the primary origins. In recent years, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries have increased production.…

CPS/Keystone Announces Management Buyout
July 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

CPS/Keystone, Erie, Pa., announced a management-led buyout of the company in partnership with a financial sponsor. Key members of the senior management team participating in the buyout include Kippie Helzel, senior vice president of sales; Pete Gleason, vice president of sales; and Eric Enzbrenner, vice president of manufacturing. Leon Bilewitz, president and founder of CPS/Keystone…

Los Angeles Sets Aside $3M to Retrain Former American Apparel Employees
July 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Approximately 600 former American Apparel employees who were laid off following the company's sale to Gildan Activewear will receive new job skills training as part of a $3 million award from the California Employment Development Department. The award is designed to retrain workers impacted by the company's bankruptcy and sale this year. The award will…