Montblanc Suing Cross Over Fountain Pen Refills Montblanc, the luxury pen brand that’s available in the promotional products industry, has filed a federal lawsuit against Counselor Top 40 supplier A.T. Cross Inc. (asi/47520), claiming that Cross is printing the Montblanc name on packages of fountain pen refills. According to the Associated Press, the suit says the Montblanc name is printed three times in bold lettering on the package. The package does not bear the Cross name, but does include Penatia, a Cross brand. The Montblanc suit asks the court to order Cross to stop selling the refills and requests more than $175,000 damages. Cross was not yet ready to comment on the suit, a company spokesperson told PromoGram.
4imprint Bounces Back Top 40 distributor 4imprint (asi/197045) made money across the board in the first half of the year, as the promotional products market improved and the effects of its British parent company’s restructuring started kicking in. Because of a weak dollar and some internal problems, 4imprint’s American operations had been blamed for dragging down the firm’s overall performance, but this year things have turned around. Adventures In Advertising (asi/109480), 4imprint’s franchising subsidiary, posted an operating profit of $783,000 in the first six months of 2004. In the corresponding period in 2003, AIA posted a $2.4 million loss, mostly because 4imprint was restructuring the division by closing franchises and cleaning up bad debt. This year so far, AIA’s overall sales are up 1% to $56 million, and the catalog-driven sales in the so-called U.S. Direct Marketing divisions are up 15% to $33 million. That division earned $1.4 million in operating profit, up considerably from $13,000 profit a year ago.
Hurricane Loans Available The Small Business Administration is offering personal and business loans to people affected by Hurricane Ivan and other storms that have resulted in a federal disaster declaration. Businesses can get up to $1.5 million in loans to repair damage to offices and equipment, and to meet operating expenses. Homeowners can get loans up to $200,000 to fix homes and residents can get up to $40,000 to replace furniture and other personal property. Interest rates are around 3%, and terms can be as long as 30 years. To get started, victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency at (800)621-FEMA.
Industry Firms In The News Dave Gephart, president of Gephart Marketing Solutions (asi/204642) was the subject of a recent Chapel Hill (NC) Herald-Sun article about how promotional products can help businesspeople make other business connections.
Suppliers: Last Chance For Free Advertising! Get your new products in front of 40,000 industry decision-makers for FREE! We're working on a special 13th issue of Advantages magazine: The Advantages 2005 New Product Preview. Do you have a new product for 2005 that fits into any of these categories: On The Road; Eat, Drink & Be Merry; Office Hours; The Great Outdoors; Meetings, Trade Shows & Events; Sports Specialties; The Electronic Edge; No Place Like Home; Recognition & Rewards? If so, send an email w/ image and info for consideration to Kathy Huston, editor, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We need product samples by 10/6, so DON’T DELAY!
People On The Move Effective immediately, Hy Brownstein has resigned as president of Top 40 supplier Uniflex Inc. (asi/92480) to pursue other interests. Uniflex is currently going through Chapter 11 reorganization, as reported in PromoGram a number of issues back, as well as in the August Counselor. Brownstein says he prefers to make no additional comment at this time.
AMJ Enterprises (asi/101479) is relocating to 4306 Flagstaff Cove, Ft. Wayne , IN. The phone remains the same.
Leed’s (asi/66887) is now offering its line of Cutter & Buck accessories to the Canadian market.
Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI, asi/33020) has named Colleen Carey publications coordination supervisor; Joan Chayken assistant publications coordination supervisor; Arlene Gable Imprint publication coordinator; Dee Iavecchia Advantages coordinator and Kim Searle publications coordinator/clerical assistant.
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Full Zip Micro Fleece Jacket from Pacific Fleece (asi/75647) The Full Zip Micro Fleece Jacket, style #82, is made from 13.5-oz. polyester with ultra-smooth, anti-pill finish. Features include forward zipper pockets; elastic cuffs; elastic bottom draw cord with cord lock; multiple cuts and top stitching. Also available with elastic waist, open bottom or elastic draw cord with cord locks. Sizes include S–3XL in black and navy, with other colors available on request.
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