PPB Newslink Breaking News October 29: Industry Companies Prepare For Hurricane Sandy; Find Out How You Can Help
As Hurricane Sandy advances toward the eastern coast of the United States, industry companies are taking action to ride out the storm. The hurricane is expected to make landfall late today and early Tuesday along coastal states including Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia, with the potential for its effects to be felt as far inland as Chicago. Due to widespread evacuations and extensive flooding forecast, companies in the area affected are preparing for a disruption in business over the next few days.
PPAI has heard from a number of companies planning to adjust their operations in response to the hurricane. The information below represents their current intentions, although their plans may change as the storm progresses. Most can still be reached through phone, e-mail or social media as the situation allows.
- Ad-A-Day, in Taunton, Massachusetts, is closed today, and expects to resume normal operations by noon Tuesday, October 30.
- Artistic Toy Manufacturing, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, closed today at noon.
- Bellmawr, New Jersey’s Admints & Zagabor is closed today, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30.
- Bay State Specialty Co., headquartered in Middleboro, Massachusetts, closed at noon today.
- Bankers Pen Co. in Garfield, New Jersey is closed today.
- Bodek and Rhodes’ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office and warehouse will be closed today.
- Charles River Apparel in Sharon, Massachusetts, will be open to take orders today although no orders will ship until later. It will open late Tuesday at 10 am ET.
- Compass Industries in New York City has closed its offices for today and Tuesday.
- DLX Industries, Inc. and Paulmay Company in Brooklyn, New York, are closed today and anticipate being closed Tuesday.
- New York, New York-based Diverse Printing & Graphics, Inc. is closed today.
- Hub Pen Company, headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts, closed at noon ET today.
- Jornik Manufacturing in Stamford, Connecticut, closed its offices today at 12:30 pm ET, and expects to be closed through Tuesday.
- The Knobby Krafters in Attleboro, Massachusetts, expects its offices and production and shipping departments to remain in service although there may be interruptions due to power, phone or internet outages.
- Liqui-Mark’s Hauppauge, New York, facility is closed today.
- Mineola, New York-based Markon Pen & Pencil is closed today and Tuesday.
- Moleskin America in New York City is closed today.
- Peerless Umbrella in Newark, New Jersey, closed at 1 pm today.
- PICNIC PLUS in West Chester, Pennsylvania, closed today at 2 pm ET and will be closed all day Tuesday, October 30.
- Prime Line, based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, closed at 1 pm ET today. Any orders scheduled to ship today or tomorrow, Tuesday, October 30, may be delayed. The supplier expects to reopen for business at 10 am Tuesday.
- Points of Light in Fairfield, New Jersey, is closed today.
- Promo Marketing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has closed its offices today.
- RoadPro Promotional Products in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, expects disruptions with all facets of its business over the next two to three days.
- SanMar’s Robbinsville, New Jersey, warehouse is closed today.
- Towel Specialties, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is closed today. However, several employees are working from home and will respond to voice mails and e-mails, provided they have electricity.
- Vantage Apparel has temporarily suspended operations at its Avenel, New Jersey, offices due to the storm. Its Santa Ana, California, and St. Louis, Missouri, facilities are operating normally.
- Walker-Clay’s Hanson, Massachusetts, office is closed today. Calls will be forwarded to a single phone line and the distributor will return calls as quickly as possible. It is also accessible via e-mail or Facebook.
- Zenith Promotions’ offices in Lawrence, New York, are in an evacuation zone and are closed today. Staff will monitor e-mails as long as they have power, and the supplier will re-open as soon as it is safe for staff to return.
After the storm, companies who need assistance can get help from the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Business Recovery Fund. Donations are requested now to ensure the fund is available to all those who need it.
The Business Recovery Fund has been set up to help promotional products industry members and non-members get back to business in the wake of a natural disaster. The fund can help replace lost equipment and supplies—computers, cell phones, office supplies, promotional products catalogs and samples, provide a work area, or give other assistance as needed to get a business up and running as soon as possible.
HOW TO HELP
- REPORT business outages to PPAI disaster recovery hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-258-3063. Outage notices will be posted to PPAI sites upon receipt.
- DONATE to the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Business Recovery Fund: Financial contributions can be made online or directed to the Promotional Products Business Recovery Fund, care of PPAI RAC, 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038. This fund is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions will be tax deductible. Donations help enable the PPDRF–Business Recovery Fund to prepare for and provide assistance to the promotional products industry in response to disasters.
- SEND donation proposals for goods, materials and services essential to operating and managing a distributor sales office or supplier manufacturing facility to email@example.com.
Read Tuesday’s issue of PPB Newslink for the latest information on industry companies’ responses to Hurricane Sandy.