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Senator Celebrates 90-Year Anniversary

Dallas, Texas, supplier Senator Writing Instruments (UPIC: SENATOR) is celebrating its 90th anniversary today. Friedrich and Georg Merz founded the company with Justus Krell in 1920, starting with the production of quills and fountain pens. Senator was one of the … Read More »

PPAI Best Of Expo 2010 Webinars Planned

PPAI has scheduled the return of the popular Best of Expo educational program with a four-part webinar series beginning April 28. Based on member exit surveys, these instructors scored in the top percentile gauging facilitator strengths, adequacy of course materials … Read More »

Bill Prohibiting Gifts To Healthcare Providers Pending In Connecticut

A bill pending in the Connecticut State Senate would prohibit the distribution of certain gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to healthcare providers. This bill would require each pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing company that employs or contracts with … Read More »

Senate Expected To Vote On BPA Ban

The Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill that would ban the commonly used chemical Biphenol A (BPA). The Ban Poisonous Additives Act, sponsored by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would bar the use of … Read More »

Webinar To Discuss Children’s Products

A free webinar on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) titled “What Is A Children’s Product” will be held at 1 pm CDT on April 22. Susan DeRagon, associate director for toys and premiums with Specialized Technology Resources (STR), … Read More »

Leed’s, Bullet Parent Names New CEO

Cees Martens has been named the new chief executive officer of the Dutch import company, PF Concept International. He previously was employed at Newell Rubbermaid with 23 years of experience in the areas of international sales, marketing, product development and … Read More »

Dunk Fest Winners Announced

The overall winner of Dunk Fest 2010 was Melissa Martin, accounts receivable coordinator for Wayland, Massachusetts, distributor iPROMOTEu (UPIC: IPRO9320), who correctly chose Duke University to win the championship game and three of the four Final Four NCAA men’s college … Read More »

iPROMOTEu Reaches 500 Affiliate Milestone

Eighteen promotional products distributors affiliated with Wayland, Massachusetts, distributor iPROMOTEu (UPIC: IPRO0320) in March. These new affiliates have an estimated annual sales volume of nearly $8 million. Ross Silverstein, president and CEO of iPROMOTEu, says the company has reached an … Read More »

Logistix Reports 2009 Profit

Last year’s dismal sales didn’t affect every promotional products company. EMAK Worldwide, Inc., a Los Angeles, California-based marketing services firm, today reported its promotional products division, Logistix, had strong profits in 2009. Promotional products revenues decreased only 4.9 percent, reflecting … Read More »

Floods Temporarily Close Companies In New England

Torrential floods in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on March 30 caused two promotional products suppliers in the area to temporarily close. Attleboro, Massachusetts, supplier Knobby Krafters (UPIC: KNOBBY) reopened April 7, while Providence, Rhode Island, supplier Opus By Collins (UPIC: … Read More »

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