AIA CEO Denies Rumors Of Pending Sale
David Woods, CEO of Adventures in Advertising (AIA, asi/109480), a U.S. subsidiary of 4imprint Group (asi/197045), denied reports by a British financial newspaper that 4imprint is close to selling AIA. The newspaper report was cited in last week’s PromoGram. “There has been no discussion by the company’s board of directors of any interest in selling AIA,” Woods says. “The board is very supportive of AIA. We’ve just completed our best year in history; sales exceeded $118 million with very good profitability.” Woods adds that 4imprint’s board is “very happy about our growth plans. If the board had any interest in selling AIA, I would be the first in line to buy it,” he notes.
Sierra Pacific Acquires Blake & Hollister
Sierra Pacific, a Houston-based, $150 million apparel manufacturer, has acquired Blake & Hollister (asi/40631), a supplier of high-end placket shirts located in Concord, NC. Details and sales specifics were not disclosed. Ronnie Alschuler, former B&H owner, has been named national sales manager, responsible for merchandising, marketing and sales of the B&H brand. Grant Goldin, president of Sierra Pacific, said, "The acquisition allows us to complement our mid-level brand with a well-recognized, high-end brand, which will offer our customers a wider range of choices." Distributors of B&H's 2005 line will remain the same.
Proforma & EmbroidMe Make Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Franchise List Counselor Top 40 distributor Proforma Inc. (asi/300094) nabbed the #76 spot in Entrepreneur’s list of Top 500 franchises. It was the fifth year in a row that Proforma made the Entrepreneur list. Not only that, but Proforma was named the top franchise in the Miscellaneous Business Services category. Entrepreneur ranks franchises based on a number of factors, including size, financial strength, start-up costs, litigation, terminations, help with financing and growth. Proforma was also ranked in the Homebased (#13), Low-Cost (#24) and Top Global (#69) franchise categories.
And that wasn’t the only industry franchising operation to get Entrepreneur’s attention. EmbroidMe (asi/384000) was ranked 136th on the list and nabbed mentions in the following categories: Top New Franchises (#4) and Fastest-Growing Franchises (#70). EmbroidMe also placed first in the Embroidery, Screen-printing, and Ad Specialty category.
Expansion For Barker Museum’s Collection Of Promotional Toys The owners of Barker Specialty Co. Inc. (asi/132690) will be more than doubling the size of the museum that houses their celebrated collection of promotional toys, says the (Meriden, CT) Record-Journal. The Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum will expand from 2,000 square feet to 4,500 square feet. The move will add an upstairs and a side room. The Barker Museum features 1,000 cartoon lunchboxes, 1,000 Disney Beanie Babies, 2,000 California Raisins and 1,500 artifacts from the old Gumby TV show. The museum has had ample attention, including visits from the “Kim Possible” and “Ren and Stimpy” shows, both of whom donated toys from the television programs.
Spirit Award Nomination Forms Now Available The 10th annual ASI Spirit Awards program has begun! Distributors, suppliers and multi-line reps who are particularly proud of their achievements this past year should review the award categories and requirements for consideration of an award. The award categories are:
Top Ten Fastest-Growing Suppliers/Distributors
Family Business of the Year
Distributor Web site of the Year
Distributor Showroom of the Year
Client Promotion, Self-Promotion
Multi-Line Representative Award
Bess Cohn Memorial Humanitarian Award
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