In The News: June 2017

Corporate Gifts Unlimited Inc. (asi/168916) celebrated its 30th anniversary in business on June 24.

Debco (asi/48885) has launched Wellth magazine, a publication that focuses on the health and wellness industry, and how promo product distributors can better position themselves to capitalize on this market. Find more information on Wellth magazine at

Ennis Inc. (asi/52493) has announced the recently acquired Independent Printing Company has been honored at the Foil & Specialty Effects Association’s 24th Annual Gold Leaf Awards. Independent won the Gold award in the best use of foil and embossing category for its Neenah Paper client promotion titled “Fresh Takes on Classic Type.”

HALO Branded Solutions (asi/356000) kicked off its national sales meeting on June 28 with the SuccessFit4Life! fun run/walk through downtown Nashville. Check out next week for expanded coverage, including photos of the event.

Pioneer Balloon Company (asi/78200) received three 2017 Excellence in Flexography Awards in the “Wide Web” category from the Flexographic Technical Association.

SanMar Corporation (asi/84863) announced it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). SanMar will use the group’s sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to further drive environmental and social responsibility throughout its global supply chain.

Augusta Sportswear (asi/37461) has introduced its new Shadow Tonal Heather Collection for the fall. Check out the full Shadow line – plus the more than 700 products available from Augusta this fall – at

Storm Creek (ASI 89879) has announced that effective immediately, its full line of apparel is solely available directly from Storm Creek. The company has repurchased all Storm Creek inventory from River’s End Trading Company (asi/82588). 

Cintas (asi/162167) is opening a new laundry and maintenance facility in Greenville, WI. The company has announced that 140 employees will work at the new facility: 60 of them new and 80 of them coming from the current Cintas facility in Greenville.

IMAGEN Brands’, Crown Products (asi/47700) and Vitronic (asi/93990) were recently awarded the 2016 Most Valuable Partner Award from Proforma Albrecht & Co. (asi/116308). Rory Campbell, National Accounts Manager, was awarded Outstanding MVP Partner Rep of the Year. 

Ennis (asi/52493) announced its recently acquired Independent Printing Company Inc. was honored at FSEA’s (Foil & Specialty Effects Association) 24th Annual Gold Leaf Awards. Judged on design, execution and level of difficulty, Independent won the Gold Award in the best use of foil and embossing category.

4imprint (asi/197045) has awarded 219 organizations one by one promotional products grants for the first quarter of 2017. 

R.S. Owens (asi/75530)​ supplied the awards for The Elegance at Hershey, ​an automotive event featuring the world's finest collection of vintage and antique cars, held June 9-11.

Prime Line (asi/79530) has launched its Power Of 3 summer sales contest, offering distributor salespeople an opportunity to earn a gift card for each order of $2,500 or more placed with Prime or Jetline between June 13 and July 31, 2017. For more details, visit

Proforma (asi/300094) has announced that Jack Canfield, New York Times best-selling author of Success Principles and the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series, will be the keynote speaker at its 2017 Convention & Family Reunion from July 23-26 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Several new programs will be revealed to Proforma owners and sales reps during the convention, including a new direct-mail marketing campaign, a business development program designed to motivate owners and sales reps to be proactive in executing wealth-building activities and much more. “Proforma Show & Grow,” a program in which Proforma owners and sales reps are paired with supplier partner reps to grow sales through direct client interaction, will also be introduced at the event.

Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601) has released a new video outlining the capabilities of its Orange City, IA, facility. To watch the video, visit

Vapor Apparel (asi/93396) has announced its line of Solar shirts has earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

Mobile Edge (asi/71854) has introduced a refresh of its Alienware Vindicator family of backpacks, neoprene sleeves, carrying cases, briefcases, messenger bag and rolling case in conjunction with the debut of Alienware’s next generation of gaming laptops.

Prime Line (asi/79530) has launched its Power Of 3 summer sales contest, offering distributor salespeople an opportunity to earn a gift card for each order of $2,500 or more placed with Prime or Jetline between June 13 and July 31, 2017. For more details, visit

Talbot Marketing (asi/341500) was recently featured on the educational program World’s Greatest. View the segment here.

Admore Inc. (asi/32050) received seven awards including “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” at the 28th annual “Detroit Club of Printing House Craftsmen, Gallery of Superb Printing” competition. 

Benchworks’ (asi/137190) has announced that VP of Pharmaceutical Strategy Emil Andrusko, Sr. has been named one of the 2017 PM360 ELITE 100 in the program’s mentor category. 

Prime Line (asi/79530) has launched a fidget collection that includes a variety of PromoSpinners as well as other fidget items such as Rubik’s Cubes and Tangle puzzles.

Soft Stuff Creations (asi/88122) has announced that founder and president Lorne Kotzer held an educational seminar on June 2, titled “8 Misconceptions in Toy Safety” at the company’s Surrey, BC, location.

Pro Towels (asi/79750) is moving its western U.S. location to a new facility in Las Vegas, NV. The larger, modern facility gives Pro Towels expanded production area and room to grow. Pro Towels will have full production up and running in Las Vegas by June 30th. During this time, the supplier will still be open and in production as normal. 

Staples Promotional Products Europe is changing its name to Marke Creative Merchandise. All operations of the company remain the same – including structure, bank details and customer and supplier relationships.

Bella + Canvas (asi/39590) announced the launch of a YouTube channel with educational videos on screen printing, direct-to-garment printing, design, starting a business and other topics. For more information, visit here.