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Staff Writer
Stormtech Launches 1:1 Initiative Philanthropic Program

Stormtech, Burnaby, B.C., announced the launch of its 1:1 Initiative, a philanthropic program that helps introduce at-risk youth to outdoor adventure. Stormtech wants everyone to experience their love of the outdoors. This is why Stormtech will be donating 1 percent of its total global sales in the form of much needed apparel to partner organizations.…

IMAGEN Brands Welcomes Mark King and Sonna Greer to Sales Team

IMAGEN Brands, Mason, Ohio, parent company of Crown and Vitronic, announced the addition of two new team members: Mark King and Sonna Greer. King joins the team as regional sales manager covering the Midwest, including Michigan and Indiana. Mark has more than 16 years of experience in the promotional…

When a T-shirt Is Not Enough

Sometimes our customers' creative juices falter, and we end up allowing them to 'settle for safe,' meaning they take the easy route rather than the one that requires a little more thought and dedication, but pays off a little more. In many cases this means a T-shirt with a screen-print—not that there's anything wrong with…

Blue Generation's Eric Rubin on the Cannabis Industry, a $22 Billion (and Growing) Promotional Market

The $22 billion cannabis industry is expected to reach more than $46 billion in value by 2027. Eric Rubin, president of Blue Generation, joined the show to talk about the huge promotional products sales opportunities the market presents, especially in branded apparel. Plus, Sean and Brendan are talking Blockbuster Video! Get your JNCO jeans ready, because only '90s kids will remember this episode...

Drum-Line Acquires Elliott Calendar Company

Drum-Line, Stuttgart, Ark., has entered into an agreement to acquire Elliott Calendar Company, also known as Hour Glass Line, based in Coshocton, Ohio. Amberlea Barnes, Drum-Line CEO, said Elliott Calendar’s production and customer service will be moved to Drum-Line’s factory, and that the consolidation should be complete by end of April. Most Hour Glass calendar…

BIC Graphic North America Enters Exclusive Partnership with Osprey

BIC Graphic North America, Clearwater, Fla., announced a new and exclusive partnership with Osprey. For more than 40 years, Osprey has created innovative and durable carrying products. “I’m proud to partner with Osprey because they truly stand behind the quality of their packs with the All Mighty…

TG Promotions Inc. Joins American Solutions for Business

American Solutions for Business, Glenwood, Minn., announced that TG Promotions has joined the team. The distributor consists of a group of nine people (three sales and sales support team members), and was founded by Terry Greer and his wife, Linda. It also brought on Jessica Huffman Dobosh to the sales team in November 2017. Dobosh…

HUB Pen Company Promotes Joe Tessier to Quality Control Specialist

HUB Promotional Group’s HUB Pen Company, Braintree, Mass., announced the promotion of Joe Tessier from junior buyer to quality control specialist. Tessier came to work at HUB Pen five years ago, working nights in the quality control department while attending Charlton College of Business for Supply Chain Management. In…

Quinn Begins 25th Anniversary Year with 114 New Products

Hanover, Pennsylvania-based QUINN's president and CEO Matt Quinn announced that the company will launch 114 new products in seven categories to kick off its 25th Anniversary year. Products receiving the biggest buzz at early season trade shows were in two categories: technology-based solutions to enhance modern displays and products that deliver convenience. From four-color printed…

QUINN Begins 25th Anniversary Year With 114 New Products

QUINN, Hanover, Pa., announced the launch of 114 new products in seven categories to kick off the 25th anniversary year for the company. Products receiving the biggest buzz at early season trade shows were in two categories: technology-based solutions to enhance modern displays, and products that deliver convenience. All of the products were enhanced with…

EMT Promotes Brian Stidham to Director of Business Development

EMT, Indianapolis, has promoted national sales manager Brian Stidham to serve as its director of business development. His new role will focus on customer relationships, revenue growth and market strategy. “No one is better than Brian at building successful partnerships,” said EMT president Phil Saks. “This change will allow…

Facilisgroup Releases Partner Growth Statistics

Facilisgroup recently released its benchmark study to its member partners. These statistics showed Facilisgroup distributor members reached an average of 10 percent year-over-year growth in 2018, beating the industry average. Distributors completed $767 million in sales from industry suppliers. This growth was demonstrated by a record 232 partner sales representatives being honored at Facilisgroup’s annual Top…

Ken Morrison Joins Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco, Hicksville, N.Y., has named Ken Morrison national account manager. In this role, Morrison will tap into his more than 25 years of experience in the promotional products industry to build relationships with top distributors and key accounts around the country to increase sales. “I am…

Starline Announces New Partnerships With Industry Buying Groups

Starline, Grand Island, N.Y., announced new and growing partnerships with buying groups Proforma, Reciprocity Road and The Partnering Group. Starline has achieved MVPLP supplier status with Proforma and is now a member of Reciprocity Road and The Partnering Group. “These three groups are incredibly well respected throughout the industry,” said Starline senior vice president of sales and marketing Brian…

Precision Crystal Gifts and Awards Hires Amy Wooldridge as Customer Service Rep

Precision Crystal Gifts and Awards, Bartlett, Tenn., announced that Amy Wooldridge has joined the team as a customer service representative. Wooldridge has more than a decade of experience in the promotional products industry, and formerly worked at Crystal Images, City of Industry, Calif. She has deep experience in working…