PPPC’s 2017 National Convention Draws More Than 2,600 Attendees
The Promotional Products Professionals of Canada’s 2017 National Convention, held February 12-14 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, drew exhibitors and attendees from across Canada and beyond. The three-day event featured networking and education opportunities, an extensive trade-show floor and presentation of the PPPC Image Awards.
Prime Expands Jetline’s South Carolina Facility
Supplier Prime Line (PPAI 112744) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February at its Jetline (PPAI 113558) plant in Gaffney, South Carolina to mark the facility’s expansion. The event was attended by employees, distributors and members of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. The company undertook the expansion to stay ahead of demand, and the facility now features additional manufacturing and warehouse space and includes upgrades to its silk screen, embroidery and multicolor drinkware areas.
BIC Graphic Red Wing Donates $5,500 To Local Sheriff Department
BIC Graphic (PPAI 114187) donated $5,500 to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office in Red Wing, Minnesota, in support of founding a water rescue and recovery team. In 2015, the Red Wing area was struck by the tragic loss of a young mother of two when her vehicle went into the Mississippi River. As a result, the local sheriff department prioritized the need for a water rescue and recovery team.
UK’s PPExpo Draws Strong Crowds, Introduces New Format For 2018
On January 25, the Promotional Products Expo, formerly the Trade Only National Show, kicked off at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, UK. Now in its 11th year, the two-day show featured trade-show, education and networking opportunities. In 2018, PPExpo will be replaced by a new show, Resellex, which will run January 14-16. The new event will see several additions to the PPExpo format, including an extension to three days to allow for an industry conference and more education.
PPAI’s Barnett Joins PPAS For Young Professionals Discussion
On February 7, PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett joined Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS) to facilitate a young professional panel discussion. The event also included a tabletop show and luncheon.
Barnett was joined on the panel by Mike Eaton, lorieaton.com; Farrah Vargas, Allied Affiliated Funding and Sarah Thomas, American Solutions for Business. Their discussion explored what it means to be a young professional in the industry and the nuances of doing business in an environment that consists of a primarily older demographic. The conversation also turned to consumerism from the Millennial point of view including technology integration, use of social media for promotion and sales, as well as how young professionals identify trends and industry best practices.