In The News: May 2017

BAMKO (asi/131431) recently took part in the opening bell ceremonies for the NASDAQ stock exchange. BAMKO President Phil Koosed was on hand for the ringing of the bell, which officially marks the opening of the day’s trading activities.

Cutter & Buck (asi/47965) announces that a new state-of-the-art distribution center will open this fall in Brampton, ON, to better serve Canadian customers. Operating jointly with the company’s existing centers in Renton, WA, and Hebron, KY, it will fulfill orders from the company’s premium sportswear line along with Clique’s sporty basics.

Kaeser & Blair (asi/238600) recently held its annual three-day Sales Leader Summit for top sales volume leaders in Clearwater, FL. The event featured private meetings with top industry suppliers, and concluded with a recognition banquet.

Proforma (asi/300094) received three 2017 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA for the design and concepts behind its marketing programs. The unique packaging for two of Proforma’s self-promotion direct mail pieces, along with a mini-promotional mailer, were recognized in the competition for outstanding layout and design.

Augusta Sportswear (asi/37461) is expanding its outerwear offerings with two additions to the Holloway brand line: the Deviate Softshell Jacket and the Electrify ½-Zip Pullover.

LandesUSA (asi/66230) has announced that it is bringing lifestyle brand SCOUT and its assortment of bags, coolers and accessories to the promotional product industry. 

Prime Line (asi/79530) has released the spring edition of its quarterly trends report, #Whats Trending Now, which includes stories on trending products for company meetings, music festivals and golf outings, plus a blog entitled “What Makes An Amazing Online Shopping Experience?” The report can be viewed here.

Fey Industries Inc. (asi/54040) has been awarded QCA accreditation for all of its brands.

Maple Ridge Farms Inc. (asi/68680) has announced it is now offering both Ben & Jerry’s and Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream to the promo market.

National Gift Card Corp. (asi/73011) has unveiled its web application programming interface (API) connection to iTunes servicing the B2B incentive and rewards market. This new effort offers several key benefits to the B2B gift industry including: real-time ordering of iTunes and Apple Music codes for businesses needing digital products for all loyalty, rewards, incentive and employee programs; secure web-API integration for agencies and gift card programs that want to offer a direct API for iTunes and Apple Music; and full range of iTunes code denominations through the web-API, starting with $5 up to $500 along with 3- and 12-month Apple Music subscription codes.​

Logomark (asi/67866) has announced its 12 Weeks of Summer Campaign, which runs from May 1 to July 7. With new product releases offered weekly, the summer campaign will also launch the company’s annual 12 Weeks of Summer Photo Contest, with chances to win fabulous prizes, which include a brand-new Pelican cooler or a vacation to California.

Bankers Advertising Company (asi/131650) recently held its 2017 Gathering of the Stars National Sales Meeting in Springfield, MO. The event featured a variety of presentations that offered insights on tools, products and trends to help partners grow their business. 

Fey Industries Inc. (asi/54040) has been awarded QCA accreditation for all of its brands.

IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products (asi/47700) and Vitronic (asi/93990), has announced the release of 2017 summer products. Among the highlights, Crown is introducing its new 16-oz. Insert Tumbler and Vitronic is introducing its new “Fun in the Sun” Ombré Collection.

AnaJet (asi/16000) has announced the launch of the RICOH Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 direct to garment printers. For more information, visit

Justincase (asi/63698) announced it has been authorized as a Canada 150 supplier to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.

Gill-line (asi/56950) was presented with 8 “Best of Category” & “Award of Excellence” printing awards at this year’s PIA Mid-America Graphic Excellence Awards ceremony on April 27.

Admints & Zagabor (asi/31516) has announced an exclusive partnership with Perfetti Van Melle to launch Mentos brand mints into the promotional products industry.

BIC Graphic (asi/40480) has announced the launch of its Cycle 2 promotions running May 1 through August 31, 2017. As part of the promotion, more than 30 new products have been introduced at special pricing, more than 40 items are available online at special pricing and all BIC brand writing instruments include a free 2-color barrel imprint through the end of the cycle. For more information, visit here. ​

Straight Up Southern LLC. (asi/337713) has changed its name to Koss Creative Brands under the leadership of Rusty Koss. 

BIC Graphic (asi/40480) announced it has received the Vernon 2016 Supplier of the Year Award.

Crown (asi/47700) was a proud sponsor at the “Geocaching Adventure” event for the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association, which was held in late April.

Eagle Promotions (asi/185320) has been recognized by the Las Vegas Business Press in the first State of Nevada Innovation Awards for its innovation efforts in manufacturing and conservation and sustainability.

Tangerine Promotions (asi/341609) announced it has been selected by The Coca-Cola Company as an authorized supplier for promotional merchandise. Tangerine will be managing the Coca-Cola account out of its Chicago office with its experienced account management, sourcing, production and graphic arts teams. “We are very proud to be working with such an iconic brand as Coca-Cola and look forward to many years of a great partnership together,” said Steve Friedman, CEO of Tangerine.

Vapor Apparel (asi/93396) is open for business in Europe with inventory and operations based in the Netherlands. The South Carolina-based supplier is debuting overseas at FESPA 2017 – a printing industry show.

Vitronic (asi/93990) said Monday that its Doniphan, MO, production facility was operating with limited staff, phone and computer service as a result of severe weather in the area that caused flooding. Rush orders were also temporarily suspended at the time. Head here for possible updates.