In The News - March 2018

JERZEES (asi/40650) has announced it’s launching an all-new T-shirt in its active collection – the DRI-POWER Ringspun T-Shirt (4.6-oz, 100% cotton). JERZEES says the active casual T-shirt combines soft, 100% ringspun cotton with the technical benefits of moisture-wicking and odor-control technology.

SAY Marketing and Promotions (asi/319802) of Adelanto, CA, has been recognized as Assemblyman Jay Obernolte’s Outstanding Small Business of the Month.

AdVantage Line (asi/31570) has announced a special promotion to help Noteworthy customers affected by the Top 40 company’s planned closure this spring. AdVantage will manufacture and fulfill orders for printed LDPE plastic bag products with a 5% discount off of Noteworthy’s 2017 online catalog pricing.

Barker Specialty Company (asi/132690) has announced the following 2018 Supplier Awards that were presented at its annual Vendor Appreciation Dinner on March 14: Supplier Rep of the Year – Beata Miller from Jules Scheck Associates (asi/825758); Customer Service Rep of the Year – Robert Salaga from alphabroder (asi/34063); and Supplier of the Year – Showdown Displays (asi/87188).

DollarDays (asi/50287) is introducing a new exclusive line of backpacks called “Forward.” These bags feature a large front pocket, reinforced seams and fully adjustable padded shoulder straps with mesh backing. To pre-order, call (877) 837-9569 or email

Fruit of the Loom (asi/84297) recently accepted the Offsite Renewable Energy Award at the 2018 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit in Austin, TX.

Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) is now an approved decorator for the SanMar (asi/84863) PSST program at each of its locations in Avenel, NJ; St. Louis, MO; and Santa Ana, CA. Vantage says distributors will benefit from free shipping into Vantage, no restocking fees, and a spoilage protection plan among other positives.

Ad Specialties and More (asi/113357) has announced an ownership change after the passing of Barb Burcham last year. Lisa Turner has now formally taken over as owner of the distributorship.

Ariel Premium Supply (asi/36730) has announced the launch of its new website, Ariel says the site features enhanced product presentation, easier navigation, a more robust search tool, a Design Lab for users to create their own flyers and an educational Learning Lab.

High Caliber Line (asi/43442) has launched its new website,, and released a new logo design. The website’s features include eFlyer templates, an eCatalog creator, detail inventory check, order status check and more.

Hub Promotional Group, parent company of Hub Pen (asi/61966) and others, announced that multi-line representative (MLR) Matt Carter with Flanagan & Associates has been named MLR of the Year by the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP).

Logomark (asi/67866) has announced the launch of its new LASERXTREME program – a special offering of large-scale laser engraving on its most popular drinkware items. Logomark’s laser tech brings large logos to life by exposing the vibrant underlying stainless steel on tumblers and bottles.

alphabroder (asi/34063) and Prime Line (asi/79530) celebrated employees at 17 locations from coast to coast in a unified initiative for National Employee Appreciation Day on March 2.

Penn Emblem Company (asi/77120) celebrated its 70th anniversary last year by giving back to the community through several charitable initiatives, such as creating patches to support Breast Cancer Awareness, the Houston Hurricane Disaster and Alzheimer’s Awareness.

Promotional Considerations (asi/466928) has been purchased by company president Jeffrey P. Marks and vice president Bobby Baughan. They bought the business from Vanguard Industries. Marks started Promotional Considerations in 1984 and sold it to Vanguard in 2006, but continued with the firm in a leadership role. Promotional Considerations also announced that it’s now affiliated with iPROMOTEu (asi/232119). Marks said he decided to join iPROMOTEu because of the Top 40 distributor’s technology offerings, back office support, and marketing capabilities. “Jeff has built an outstanding company and we are so pleased with his decision to affiliate with iPROMOTEu,” said Ross Silverstein, iPROMOTEu’s president/CEO.

Promotional Wearhouse Inc. (asi/300725) is celebrating its 40th anniversary in business this year.

AIA Corporation (asi/109480) has announced that because of the “meaningful” contributions of its employees and the new U.S. corporate tax structure, the company will distribute $1,000 in 2018 to every full-time employee. “Great service starts with a great team, and our employees work hard every day to help AIA’s community of independent owners build their businesses and engage the market with confidence,” said Matt Gresge, CEO of AIA Corporation. “Our board of directors felt it was important to both acknowledge and reward our team’s extraordinary efforts.”

Prime Line (asi/79530) has released the latest issue of its #Whats Trending Now quarterly trend report, which can be viewed here.