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Showdown Displays Announces Recapitalization

Supplier Showdown Displays (PPAI 254687), headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has been acquired by Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C., a Chicago, Illinois-based private equity firm, as part of a recapitalization event. The acquisition was completed on May 1. Read More »

Axis Promotions Adds Minority Stake In BLANK2BRANDED

New York City-based distributor Axis Promotions (PPAI 159158) has made a strategic investment in BLANK2BRANDED, a distributor in Montville, New Jersey. Read More »

Rymax Marketing Services Brings Yale Locks & Hardware Into The Marketplace

Supplier Rymax Marketing Services, Inc. (PPAI 262551) has entered an exclusive partnership with Yale Locks & Hardware, bringing the worldwide hardware company into the premium incentives industry. Read More »

Premier Group Names New Board Officers, Award Recipients At Annual Meeting

At its annual meeting earlier this month, the Premier Group, an alliance of suppliers and distributors, elected Paula Shulman, CAS, vice president of sales at supplier Prime Line, chair of the board of directors, and announced the recipients of the group’s awards program. Read More »

Three More Regional Associations Join SAGE Affiliate Program

The Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA), the Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) and the Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (TSPPA) have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program. The Affiliate Program is designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association. Read More »

Prop 65 Expert To Speak At PPAI Product Responsibility Summit

The seventh annual PPAI Product Responsibility Summit is bringing a distinguished lineup of speakers to Newport Beach, California, on September 18-20, among them attorney and Prop 65 expert Tiffany M. Ikeda. For industry businesses that have an e-commerce presence, produce a catalog or do business in California, Summit will deliver an invaluable look at the new regulations that go into effect in August 2018. Read More »

PPAI Encourages Industry Action On Oklahoma’s Proposed Promotional Products Cuts

Oklahoma state representatives have proposed a host of spending cuts that include promotional products as a target. While PPAI is in favor of balanced budgets and the responsible use of taxpayer dollars, promotional products businesses and their clients could be adversely affected if Oklahoma passes a bill eliminating any opportunity for the state to use promotional products in a powerful and effective manner. Read More »

U.S. Employment Trending Up; Robust Job Growth Expected To Continue

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index points to healthy job growth in the coming months. Following an increase in March, the index ticked up sharply in April and now stands at 132.64, up from 131.58 in March. April’s reading is up 4.1 percent over where the index stood one year ago. Read More »

Fey Industries Achieves QCA Accreditation

Supplier Fey Industries has been awarded QCA Accreditation by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping promotional product industry companies provide safe products. Edgerton, Minnesota-based Fey Industries’ brands include Fey Line, Magna-Tel by Fey, Mi Line by Fey and Reflectix by Fey. Read More »

Leslie Roark, CAS, Named PPB Volunteer Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes Leslie Roark, CAS, president of distributor member PromoPros headquartered in Spring, Texas, as the May PPB Volunteer of the Month. Those selected for the honor have dedicated their time to the progress and fulfilling the charge of a committee, advisory group, work group or task force on which they serve. Read More »

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