Staff Writer

Staff Writer
AIA Celebrates Record-Breaking Year, Honors Owner Community

AIA Corporation, Neenah, Wis., hosted a red-carpet celebration at Celebrity Cars of Las Vegas during the 2019 PPAI Expo this week, to commemorate a record-breaking year and recognize the achievements of its owner community. Matt Gresge, CEO of…

Leed’s and FinalStraw Partner to Bring Reusable Straws to Promo Industry

Leed’s, New Kensington, Pa., and FinalStraw, a manufacturer of collapsible, reusable straws, announced their exclusive partnership to bring the FinalStraw brand to the promotional products industry. “Leed’s is an industry leader who understands the importance of corporate social responsibility, so our partnership with them felt very natural,” said Emma Cohen, CEO and co-founder for FinalStraw.…

Delta Apparel Announces Preliminary First Quarter Results

Delta Apparel on Monday announced preliminary results for its 2019 fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2018. The company anticipates overall net sales for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year to come in ahead of expectations at approximately $101 million, or about a 12 percent increase from prior year net sales of $90.3…

AIA Promotes Clay Hall to Director of Owner Success

AIA Corporation, Neenah, Wis., announced today the promotion of Clay Hall to director of owner success. Since joining AIA in 2015, Hall has served in several roles, including owner success and recruitment, as well as sales development...

Leed's Announces Product Line Expansion With CamelBak

Leed’s, Pittsburgh, announced that it is expanding its CamelBak product offering for 2019. The company will carry backpacks and is adding new drinkware styles from the popular retail brand. Leed’s will begin carrying five CamelBak backpack styles in eight different colors for 2019. The items that will be offered are the CamelBak Hydrobak, CamelBak Arete…

Altitude Group Plc Acquires AIM

Advertising Industry Mastermind LLC (AIM) announced today that it has been acquired by Altitude Group Plc, a publicly traded U.K. company with operations in the U.K. and U.S. AIM will continue to operate as AIM under the strategic leadership of Jamie Coggeshall (founder and president) and Nichole Stella (CEO). Financial details of the deal were not disclosed...

Maple Ridge Farms Names Jodie Schillinger Executive Vice President

Maple Ridge Farms, Mosinee, Wis., announced the appointment of Jodie Schillinger, CAS, a 20-year company veteran, to the position of executive vice president, effective Jan. 1, 2019. She will report directly to company president Tom Riordan. "Jodie’s ability…

DiscountMugs.com Notifies Customers of Data Breach

DiscountMugs.com, the Top 50 distributor based in Medley, Fla., said a data breach may have exposed customer credit card numbers and other sensitive information. In a letter to customers, the company said it discovered the breach on Nov. 16, and that orders placed between Aug. 5 and Nov. 16 may have been affected...

Blue Generation Introduces Direct Import Sourcing Program

Blue Generation, Long Island City, N.Y., is introducing Blue Direct, a direct import sourcing program that eliminates the challenges of "import aggravation" by handling every aspect of production logistics for the customer. Customers can choose from Blue Generation's extensive style line-up and running fabrics, and receive fast turnaround and competitive pricing with the assurance of…

Geiger Acquires Distributor CM Promotions

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, a multi-generational family owned and operated company, announced it has acquired Bloomington, Illinois-based distributor CM Promotions as part of its continued expansion strategy and to broaden its client base in the Midwest...

Royal Apparel Announces No Price Increases for First Half of 2019

Royal Apparel, Hauppauge, N.Y., a made-in-USA knitwear manufacturer, announced that there will be no price increases for first half 2019. Prices will remain the same, in spite of raising labor costs, a hike in raw material costs and tariffs. With the company's U.S. manufacturing (knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing ), it is committed to delivering the same…

Geiger Promotes 3 Members of Executive Team

Jo-an Lantz, president of Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, announced that it has promoted three members of its executive team to new roles and responsibilities. Bob Blaisdell, CPA, CMA, has been promoted to oversee all administrative operations in addition to the finance, legal and compliance departments. He has been with the…

Thermos LLC Announces Partnerships With Allen ColorCraft and Compass Industries

Thermos LLC, Schaumburg, Ill., announced today its partnership with The Allen Company (aka Allen/ColorCraft) and Compass Industries Inc. to expand its reach into the promotional products market. Allen/ColorCraft, a supplier of drinkware in the promotional products market, will be distributing Thermos brand vacuum-insulated food and beverage containers within the promotional products industry in the U.S.,…