BIC Graphic USA, based in Clearwater, Fla., today announced plans to close its facility in Atchison, Kansas, which will result in the layoff of 88 employees. The work will be consolidated into BIC Graphic USA’s operations in Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Fla.
New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s, a member of Polyconcept North America, the second-largest supplier within the promotional products industry, announced it is significantly increasing its offering of products less than $5 with its April 13 "Priced Just Right" product launch.
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Cedar Crest Manufacturing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a new supplier of writing instruments to the promotional products industry. Founded by a team of former Norwood/Souvenir staff, the company offers a distribution network with more than 80 years of experience.
Hub Pen Company, located in Braintree, Mass., announced Newton Manufacturing Company of Newton, Iowa, honored it as one of the company's top suppliers for 2008. Newton chooses their top supplier based on many criteria, including product quality, sales volume, timely response to service needs and marketing efforts.
Promotional products industry veteran Todd P. Nussinow, MAS has been appointed Director of Sales for Lewiston, Maine-based Plannerstore, a promotional products supplier/manufacturer, specializing in planners, journals, dated products and the Farmers Almanac. Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, Nussinow graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s in business administration.
After more than 30 years with BIC, Jack Teague, general manager of Clearwater, Florida-based BIC Graphic USA, announced his retirement effective March 1, 2009. Teague will continue to work on special projects related to the graphic business, representing the company at trade shows, industry events and local community organizations through September 2010.
Prime Line, based in Bridgeport, Conn., announced the launch of a new price matching program. The company will match any competitor's advertised price on the same item. The program applies to items of substantially equal value.
New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s, a member of Polyconcept North America, accepted awards in January from the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), based in Austin, Texas, the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), based in Trevose, Pa.; and Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), based in Saint-Laurent, Québec. In addition, Leed's received awards from leading distributors Jack Nadel International of Los Angeles, the multilocation PeerNet Group and San Jose, California-based Brandvia. Several sales and service representatives from Leed's also received honors from distributors and associations.