February 2010

GCPPA Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Membership Push

The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) in south Florida is celebrating its 25th anniversary with special events tied to an increase in membership. “One of the biggest things the regionals are having trouble with is membership,” says GCPPA President … Read More »

RAC Board Holds Powwow Over Strategic Planning

PPAI’s Regional Association Council (RAC) board met February 19-21 at PPAI Headquarters in Irving, Texas, for a strategic planning and training meeting with the Association’s regional relations group. “The Regional Association Council is now 10 years old,” says Michele Packard-Milam, … Read More »

Safeguard Unveils Web-Based Training For Its Network

Dallas-based Safeguard Business Systems, Inc. (UPIC: SAFE0003) is launching a new web-based learning system for its nearly 300-member distributor network this week at its North American Business Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. Designed as a one-stop shop for product, sales … Read More »

Norwood Plans To Consolidate Some Manufacturing Operations

Indianapolis, Indiana-based supplier Norwood Promotional Products (UPIC: NORWOOD), a subsidiary of BIC Graphic USA (UPIC: BIC), said today it plans to close its San Antonio, Texas, facility and consolidate operations into its Redwing, Minnesota, facility and other existing Norwood locations. … Read More »

Corvest SPV Announces Sale Of Company, Layoffs

Largo, Florida-based multimillion dollar Corvest SPV, parent company of Adva-Lite (UPIC: Advalite), Toppers (UPIC: TOPPERS) and It’s All Greek To Me (UPIC: GREEK), plans to lay off 201 employees by April 17, according to a company notice received by the … Read More »

PPAI News: Sixty-Three Professionals Earn MAS/CAS Designation

PPAI congratulates the newest groups of promotional products professionals to achieve the Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) and Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) designations. MAS/CAS designations are the industry benchmarks of professionalism, demonstrating the designees’ highest commitment to the promotional products business … Read More »

PPAI News: Legislative Education And Action Day Planned For March

Legislative Education & Action Day, the first legislative day for the promotional products industry, will be held March 23-24 in Washington, D.C. The trip will allow promotional products professionals to educate Congress on industry-critical issues as well as on the … Read More »

Industry News: Americo Manufacturing Expands Operations

Supplier Americo Manufacturing Co. (UPIC: AMERICO), based in Acworth, Georgia, has acquired a 152,000-square-foot facility in Cartersville, Georgia, for $4 million. The new facility will house Americo’s manufacturing and sales for its expanding PromoMatting division. In addition, Americo has invested … Read More »

PPAI News: Webinar Addresses Independent Contractor Issues

Both Washington lawmakers and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have taken a renewed interest in the classification of individuals as employees or independent contractors. To learn more about existing rules, regulations and best practices—as well as ways to make your … Read More »

PPAI LAW: Members Urged To Take Action On Colorado, New York Proposals

While the national debate on healthcare may be stalled for the moment, states are starting to take over where the federal government has stopped. Last week, Colorado introduced a bill that is virtually identical to the proposed Physician Payments Sunshine … Read More »

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