Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco (PPAI 111662) recently hosted a tour of the imprinting and embroidering capabilities at its Ronkonkoma, New York, facility for select members of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY). This is the first tour demonstrating the new capabilities added since SPD/Shoreline joined the Hicksville-based supplier earlier this year.

The first part of the day took the group, which consisted of New York-area distributors, through Lanco’s hardgoods manufacturing process. Along with receiving a firsthand glimpse into the manufacturing of the company’s full-color, double-sided microfiber cloth and other items, the group was provided some best practices on prepping logos and images to achieve the best results.

The group also had a chance to tour SPD/Shoreline’s apparel stitching and embroidery facility. Here, the conversation focused on the stitching process, and the need for modification of the logo depending upon the fabric type, which ensures clarity and quality of the end product. The final portion of the tour provided an overview on how the hardgoods and apparel created by SPD/Shoreline can be combined with the custom food products created by Chocolate Inn to create unique, highly personalized gift sets.

“At Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco, we are in a unique position to offer distributors a broad range of promotional products that encompass 80 percent of the industry’s offerings, from food to hard goods and wearables, with the capability to create unique gift sets employing items from multiple categories,” says David Miller, president. “It was a pleasure to host a tour of 25-plus of our local SAAGNY distributors and demonstrate our new manufacturing processes that allow for a one-day turnaround.”