Supplier News

Stromberg Brand Umbrellas Hires Jim Curtis to Represent it in New England
November 4, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The Hudson Valley Umbrella Company, parent company of Valley Cottage, New York-based Stromberg Brand Umbrellas, has announced the hiring of 20-year industry veteran Jim Curtis of Clinton, Connecticut-based JC Corporate Sales, as its multi-line sales representative in New England. “Jim knows the…

Mets' Manager Fidgets with BIC Pen During World Series
November 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm

We all have our nervous tics. Some people bite their nails, others may twirl their hoodies' drawstrings. New York Mets manager Terry Collins showed his nerves during Game 5 of the World Series by fiddling with a pen. The pen that Collins furiously clicked was a…

Sunken Cargo Ship El Faro Believed to Be Found
November 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm

The El Faro, the cargo ship that went missing during Hurricane Joaquin, may have been found. According to NJ.com, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that a U.S. Navy search team found the wreckage at a depth of approximately 15,000 feet, near the ship's last-known…

Grossman Marketing Group Acquires Fleet Business Products
November 2, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Grossman Marketing Group, Somerville, Mass., a print and promotional products company, has acquired Fleet Business Products, East Hartford, Conn. The new acquisition comes just two years after Grossman Marketing Group acquired ASAP Inc., a Norwalk, Connecticut-based promotional products firm. Grossman Marketing Group, founded in 1910, opened its first office in Hartford, Conn., in the late…

The Magnet Group Hires Industry Veteran Cathy Cummings
November 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The Magnet Group, Washington, Mo., recently announced the addition of 20-year industry veteran Cathy Cummings to the key account organization, starting Nov 9. Since 2009, Cummings worked with AIA Corporation, Neenah, Wis., as supplier relations manager. Prior to AIA Corporation, Cummings worked with MARCO Promotional Products, Oshkosh, Wis., as director of vendor relations and merchandising,…

Fields Manufacturing Acquires American Greenwood Inc.
October 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Fields Manufacturing, St. Cloud, Minn., has acquired the assets of American Greenwood Inc. and Sprout Tyme. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. American Greenwood Inc., a 115-year-old company, and Sprout Tyme are headquartered in Chicago. American Greenwood Inc. is a supplier of buttons, hand fans, drinkware, bags and more. Sprout Tyme is a…

Top Brands Inc. Announces Sale to Industry Veterans
October 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Top Brands Inc., Oshkosh, Wis., a supplier of products to the premium-incentive and promotional products industries, announced the sale of the company to two industry veterans, Pam and Gary Slavonic. The couple has an extensive background in the industry. Pam started her career as an incentive buyer for Dr. Pepper, and transitioned to senior buyer at…

Diversified Labeling Solutions Celebrates 30th Anniversary
October 29, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Diversified Labeling Solutions (DLS), Itasca, Ill., has announced the recent celebration of its 30th anniversary. In 1985, founder and owner Bob Hakman identified a growing demand for barcode pressure-sensitive products, and formed the company, aiming to provide high-quality, custom-printed tape to the distributor market. The company started with a 1,550-square-foot facility. Today, DLS has more…

A Brand Company Acquires Design Accessories Inc.
October 29, 2015 at 1:34 pm

A Brand Company, Charlotte, N.C., today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Roanoke, Virginia-based promotional marketing organization Design Accessories Inc. The deal includes the company’s two subsidiaries, Design Marketing and PerformanceLink Systems Inc. Design Marketing, a promotional marketing distributor, will fold into BrandAlliance in early 2016, when Activate! Promotions + Marketing…

Amazon May Launch Its Own Line of Clothing
October 28, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Amazon is well-known for trying its hand at difficult products in crowded marketplaces, like smartphones and speakers. Now the online retailer may soon add clothing to the list, according to a report from BuzzFeed. Onstage at the WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit, Amazon Fashion's vice president of clothing Jeff Yurcisin said the company is…