SnugZ Purchased By Employees A
group of employees, including current
President Brandon Mackay, has acquired
SnugZ USA (asi/88060) from its
former owners. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed. The buying “consortium” consists
of Charley Johnson, vice president
of sales; Diane Lindberg, COO;
and Shirley Angel, CFO, who will
all share different levels of ownership.
The deal was made to allow for
more day-to-day control since the
retirement of former owners, Brian
Hicks and Jim Adamson, which had
made the decision-making process
overly complicated. Mackay says
that in the short-term not much
will change with SnugZ. “We
are just refocusing our energy
on good quality custom service.”
Typhoon Troubles China was hit by Typhoon Matsa
early last week causing several deaths
and the relocation of more than 1 million
people. The storm ravaged Shanghai,
China’s busiest port, shutting
its airport for half a day. Beijing
was also hit by Matsa, which was only
the fifth time since 1949 a typhoon
has swept though the city. With wind
reaching 100 miles an hour, it flooded
buildings and farmland, and shut down
its airport for two days. With all
this damage there is reason to be cautious,
but no need to worry about delayed
shipments, says JT Thomas, executive
vice president at Greater China Industries
Inc. (asi/58135), an importer
of promotional products. “It
is a seasonal event,” he
says. “It does happen to varying
degrees each year, so what we typically
do is pad schedules to allow a little
bit more time. The storms are typically
in one-day or two-day doses, so we
are a little more generous in scheduling.
It’s a minor and short-lived
Business Looking Up? The National Federation
for Independent Business released
a report last week that suggested
that small businesses are feeling
positive. The association noted
an up tick in the July “optimism
index” after a relatively
flat June. The rise was attributed
to improved sales expectations,
increased hiring and strong
capital spending. Meanwhile,
a separate report from the
Labor Department showed second
quarter gains had outpaced
increases in labor costs, a
traditional sign that labor
was getting more production
from its workers, and another
factor working in favor of
Purchased By MDM Partners Alcraft Inc. (asi/33910)
has been purchased by MDM Partners, a
newly formed Rhode Island company owned
by Mike Davis and Mike Mooiman, who saw
the supplier as a very suitable first
acquisition. “It’s a 45 year-old
company that has an excellent reputation,” says
Mooiman. “We saw lots of potential.
It’s a company known for quality
products and a niche within the promotional
products industry.” In a letter
to customers, the founders and former
owners, Max Dressler and Louis Sugarman,
explained their motivation to sell: “We
are in our seventies for heaven’s
sake - we need to take a break!” Mooiman
reassures customers that everything from
employees to location will stay the same. “For
us, the big thing is to come in and improve
the performance by focusing in on some
basic things,” says Mooiman. “It’s
the same name and basically the same
product line, so customers should look
for the 45 year-old legacy to continue.”
In The News Norma Polcek, president of Samco
(asi/317700), appeared in a Rockford
(IL) Register Star article on local inventors.
Polcek invented a more comfortable high-heel
shoe with help from her husband, Bruce,
a retired shoe businessman. The idea
came after watching women remove their
shoes to dance at a wedding. The shoe
is patented and available on a limited
basis at several Rockford retail locations.
Tribune published a story
on Westy Foss, the creator of the Gotta-Grip,
which is a tube that slips over the
top of a golf club and with a quick
turn, re-tacks the grip. Foss recently
signed a manufacturing and marketing
agreement with Legend Marketing Group
(asi/66955) with hopes of penetrating
the promotional products market.
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