QCA Momentum Continues with Five New Applicants
“The number of suppliers attaching a high priority to product safety, quality and compliance programs is a great step forward for our industry,” said Rick Brenner, CEO of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Line, a QCA accredited supplier. Brenner continued, “The more confident end-buyers are about our product offerings, the more our industry will continue to grow and thrive. QCA has established the gold standard in these pursuits by providing an independent assessment and certification of each supplier’s supply chain processes. We welcome all of our new applicants and look forward to the day that the vast majority of suppliers pursue QCA accreditation.”
The Chicago-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which suppliers that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially-compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. QCA accreditation is granted to companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices.
The QCA was formed in July 2008 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products. Currently 11 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA accreditation—Barton Nelson Inc., BDA Inc., BroderBros., Dard Products Inc., Gemline, Gordon Sinclair, Leed’s; Logomark Inc., MMI, Prime Line. and Sweda Company. Brent Stone serves as executive director of operations.
For more information on the QCA, visit www.qcalliance.org.