Jun 03, 2021

In The News - June 2021

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The Book Company (asi/41010) is now providing the Knock Knock desktop product line, featuring gifts, desk accessories, journals, books, notepads and sticky notes.  Applique Getaway , a trade show for decorators, will be held July 23 to 25 in Irving, TX, northwest of Dallas. The weekend event - to be held at the Sheraton DFW - includes classes, product demonstrations and vendors. The event is meant for decorators who work with embroidery, rhinestones, vinyl, dye sublimation or appliqué at any skill level, according to organizers. The show will also offer virtual education options for those who cannot attend onsite. To register or learn more, visit www.appliquegetaway.com . Touchstone Merchandise Group (asi/345631) has been named one of the Top Workplaces in 2021 by Enquirer Media. Vistaprint , a global e-commerce seller of promotional products and printed marketing materials owned by Cimpress (asi/162149), has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to donate 240,000 reusable face masks and filters to more than 125 free and charitable clinics in 39 states throughout the U.S. IMAGEN Brands , parent firm of Crown (asi/47700) and Vitronic (asi/93990), welcomes Tabatha White as national accounts manager and Jonathan Beyer as regional sales manager of the Northeast territory. "Both Jonathan and Tabatha bring a wealth of knowledge of the promotional products industry, which will be instrumental as we work to accelerate IMAGEN Brands' growth," said Lisa LeMond, vice president of sales and customer service at IMAGEN Brands. Chocolate Inn/Lanco (asi/44900) is expanding the number of products it offers through its 24-hour turnaround service. Executives said hundreds of additional products are available through the fast-turn service at no extra charge. These items include everything from bags, drinkware and writing instruments to golf products, technology items, edibles and more. "We're able to do this because we're very well-positioned with inventory and our manufacturing capabilities," said company President David Miller. Hirsch Gift (asi/61005) welcomes Joshua Pospisil as key accounts manager. "Joshua's enthusiasm for our industry is infectious and we are thrilled to have him aboard the HG team," said Brittany Frase, national sales manager. Label Works (asi/66040) now offers packaging solutions. "We consistently see the market need and demand for labels and packaging together as complimentary product solutions in many current and emerging vertical markets," said Rick Haman, general manager at Label Works. "This is a powerful combination and we're excited to more formally communicate this to our reseller partners." PF Concept International , parent company of Polyconcept North America (PCNA, asi/78897), has announced that PF Concept UK has achieved FSC certification, which ensures the traceability of raw materials used and thus guarantees responsible forest management. Zing Manufacturing (asi/99025) announced the hiring of MacMarketing as its first multiline representatives for S'well products. Zing is the exclusive supplier for S'well in the promotional products industry. MacMarketing covers nine states, including MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN and MS. "We're thrilled to bring them on board to represent both Zing and S'well to their territory," said Rich Corvalan, senior vice president of sales for Zing. ACS Affiliate Services has hired Nick Augustine as business development sales manager, a role in which he'll focus on expanding ACS's business in the promo industry. Augustine brings 13 years of industry experience working with distributors, and was most recently a national sales manager with a Top 40 supplier. From technology solutions and back office support, to order financing, creative services and more, ACS provides a suite of solutions for promo firms. PromoKitchen , an independent volunteer group in the promo industry, held a virtual speaker event on May 13 featuring Dan Nevins. A decorated U.S. Army veteran who lost both his legs during combat in Iraq in 2004, Nevins spoke about awareness of veteran suicide. The event welcomed more than 120 attendees and raised $650 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Talbot Marketing (asi/341500) has received Gold status designation as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for 2020. The London, ON-based distributor was named a Best Managed Company each year from 2015 through 2018, and has now received the Gold status designation for two consecutive years. The annual awards are given to private Canadian companies based on strategy, capability and commitment to sustainable growth. "This recognition is especially gratifying after all the changes and extra efforts made throughout the entire organization to help offset the effects of the pandemic," said President and CEO Steve Levschuk, in a statement. StrombergBrand (asi/89955) has announced that multi-line sales pros Mark Larned and Jenna Larned, of Freedom Line Marketing, will be representing the supplier again in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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