Hot For The Holidays? As it did last year,
ePromos Promotional Products
Inc. (asi/188515) has released
its top 10 holiday business gifts
under $25 for 2005. The idea
is to help businesses track down
appealing customer gifts. "Every
year we try to help clients select
well-chosen gifts that are impactful
and meaningful," says Jason
Robbins, ePromos chairman. "We
see a rise in technology this
year." Here is the company’s
list of hot products for the
1) Texas Hold 'Em Poker Set
2) High Sierra Tahoe Easy Traveler
3) Plug-N-Go USB Memory Drive
4) Balancing Act (desktop toy)
5) Wine Companion Gift Set
6) Pebble Beach Business Card
7) Fleece Ear-Warmers
8) Sweatshirt Blanket
9) 62-inch Auto-Open Vented Square
Golf Umbrella with Gel-filled
10) Metropolitan Photo Album/Picture
Bought Back By Owners After
six years, McArthur Towels (asi/69810)
re-purchased by its original owners,
the McArthur family. Terms were not
disclosed. The firm will remain intact
at its present location, with its present
workforce. Gregg McArthur will serve
as president/CEO. The five-generation
firm was first acquired by Magnet Group
Ltd., and was incorporated into Magnet’s
Professional Towel Mills (asi/79750)
subsidiary. In 2002, Magnet sold the
firm to Action Performance Group, a
large non-industry producer of licensed
auto-racing products based in Tempe,
AZ. Action posted a $15 million loss
in August, precipitating its decision
to sell McArthur. “Action was
a great owner, and we were part of
a huge corporation,” says Neil
Mattson, McArthur vice president/COO. “But
our two channels never really blended.” Plans
are to grow the firm’s retail
and promotional areas, and establish
a printing facility within the next
six to 12 months. McArthur’s
total annual sales are $16 million.
Named Benchmark President Darryl
Haddox has been
of Benchmark Industries
He was formerly
of sales of Magnet
LLC. He plans more
and marketing efforts
at Benchmark, which
he describes as
the look of award
products by [producing]
some of the most
in the market,” he
buried in a dresser
Updates Here is the
• The Geiger (asi/202900) offices
in in Ft. Lauderdale, FL,
and Geiger MPI in Jackson,
MS, both sustained damage
but are fully operational.
• Private Label Hot Sauce (asi/79654)
has returned to their business
to find little storm damage
and hope to resume normal
operations by the first
week of October.
• Bayou Products (asi/39080)
is open after a temporary
loss of phone and Internet.
• The Bethpage Fire Department
(mentioned in September
6 issue) is no longer taking
• Howard Gold, from Gold-Mark
is collecting items for
hurricane survivors at the Woodmere,
NY, firehouse, where he
is a volunteer. If you are interested
in making a donation, the
address is 20 Irving Place,
Woodmere, NY, and the phone
number is 516-374-2105.
• Russo Ad Group (asi/315230)
is located in Lafayette,
LA, which is amid three
local shelters. They are accepting
donations for survivors
and can be reached at 337-769-1530
• Yvette Berke from Adapt Ad
is looking for warehouse
space near the Van Nuys
airport in Southern California for
items collected for Katrina
Jerry Bench from Stotts & Co.
(asi/337400) is a retired
Houston Police Officer who
is requesting basic items
for displaced police officers
from New Orleans and those
servicing there. Items requested
include underwear, shoes,
socks, pants, head wear and
dark colored tees with “Police” across
the front. Goods can be
shipped to: Galveston Municipal
c/o Officer John Bertalino,
502 32nd St, Galveston,
• Karen Howell from Goldner
is requesting tote or barrel
bags for 500 victims living
in a warehouse in Franklin,
TN, so they can store clothes
and other personal belongings.
She can be contacted at
For a complete list of company
updates, donations, job offers
and requests, please log
on to ASICentral.com.
Industry In The News PromoShop Inc. (asi/300466)
has opened a new branch office in Orange
Inc. (asi/129990) was mistakenly omitted
from the 2005
Roundtable in the “Distinguished” category.
OF THE WEEK
in 1) Facemask Bucket Hat:
Cotton 45% Polyester
• Sewn eyelets
• Full netted facemask, also can be Sun shade
• Fold/tuck away netted facemask
other new and creative products,
visit the Product Central section on ASICentral.com.
Promotional Balls from Sterling Athletics asi/89655 - ORDER
NOW!! Great items for Holiday gifts to employees or clients,
Holiday season promos, and Holiday football bowl games including
Super Bowl parties. Must order now to receive order on time (75-90
day lead time).View Special...
Hand Sanitizer Special asi/62050 - Help
stop the spread of illness with Humphrey�s hand sanitizers. Orders
due by Jan. 31. View Special...
Rosewood Pens at less than EQP asi/61788 - Horizon
Promotions Rosewood Pens Anniversary SpecialView Special...
Silicone Wrist Bands As Low As 6.75 Cents -
Lead Time 2 Weeks and Up!asi/92398 - CUSTOM
AND STOCK WRIST BANDS - AS LOW AS 6.75 CENTS - Lead time 2
weeks and up! View Special...
Full Color Magnetic Calendars and Magnetic Business
Cardsasi/74849 - Choose
Off The Wall Magnetics as your first and last choice for all
your full color magnet projects. We can do any shape and any
size. Don't limit your colors to just 1 or 2 make it Full Color.
Call Toll free at (800) 337-2637. View Special...
What's On Your Computer? Reflects(R) Computer
Accessories At Great Prices!asi/65962 - Need
a mouse? Ask us for a great deal on computer mice! Reflects
(r) has the right selection.View Special...
Upscale Holiday Cards That Really Make A Statement!asi/52466 - Sell
the newest line of upscale, head turning, Encore holiday cards & each
year your customers will come back for an "encore". Holiday cards
are an opportunity to show good will & to get noticed. Send them
to your customers & see the response! View Special...
8.95(c) Special! Pecan Turtles, Cashews, Mixed
Nuts...asi/74259 - HOLIDAY
FOOD GIFT SALE From North Shore Nut Company. Delicious Food
Gifts for the Holidays. Order before October 14, 2005 & any
of these items are only 8.95 ea.(c). *Samples available for
2.50 net through October. *Call for 20 Flyers Free Of Charge.View Special...
ClipDrive USB Flash Drive - Don't miss this
incredible offer! asi/70597 - Don't
miss this incredible offer - USB flash drive called ClipDrive.
Memory Experts International offers top of the line quality
USB flash drives. All units are MADE IN THE USA and have a
unique retractable cap. users will never lose the end cap! View Special...
FABULOUS LIGHT PEN AND ALARM CLOCKasi/49685 - For
our complete line see ESP ONLINE View Special...
Hit's New Key Lightasi/61125 - Helping
to solve one of life's little problems!View Special...
CROWN PRODUCTS HAS YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT ITEMS! asi/47700 - Get
all of your holiday shopping done early with Crown Products!View Special...
Free Set Up Special Offer Extended!asi/79349 - PLWC
is sending TRUCKLOADS of water to KATRINA SURVIVORS @ $9,123.84
per truck .24 per bottle/ 38,016 bottles per truck The bottles
will be Distributed by Mr. Godfrey White, State of Louisiana's
Director of Elderly Affairs, Baton Rouge, LA. View Special...
Our Lighted Necklaces Stand for States' Rightsasi/45450 - Our
States are Red...Blue...Amber...Green...even Multi-ColoredView Special...
High Quality Precious Metal Lapel Pins and Cufflinks
from NORCOasi/74100 - When
your clients come first, deal with the company that's first
in quality...Norco!View Special...
Simply Smashing Compressed T-shirt Blowout!asi/87425 - Compressed
T-shirts Now Cheaper than a Gallon of Gas!View Special...
Your NUMBER #1 Source for Wooden Pensasi/35362 - Free
Set-up on Wooden Collection asi/35362 � For you best selection
in our BESTIN line. Free Setup! Free Engraving! Free Paper Proof!
Take advantage of our SPECIAL DISCOUNTED offer before November
15, 2005. View Special...
Page a Day Calendars Now 15% Off. Two Styles
to choose or create your own.asi/35400 - Page
a Day Calendars Now 15% Off. American Calendar has two stock
designs to choose from including the "Inspirational Quote of
the Day" and "Golf Hint of the Day" Of course, with American
Calendar, you can create your own CUSTOM style. View Special...
Win A Plasma HD TV! asi/68680 - Learn
how easy it is to sell food gift programs and get a chance to
win a Plasma HD TV! View Special...
Award Cards from Select-A-Gift asi/86320 - Better
than a Gift Card View Special...
Everything Automotive From Auto-Sun-Shade/Intertek
ASI/37586asi/37586 - Keep
Your Car Kool, Clean And Collected With IntertekView Special...
Active Gear for Active People asi/37930 - Best
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Fall Booth Show
New England Promotional Products
Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlboro,
Info: (603) 529-8400; Fax: (603)
529-8401 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.neppa.com
TOPS Plus Show
Promotional Products Association
of Canada Inc. (PPACanada)
Palais des Congres, Montreal,
Info: (514) 489-5359; Fax: (514)
489-7760 email@example.com • www.promocan.com
Holiday Gift & End User Showcase
Promotional Products Association
of Wisconsin (PPAW)
20/Madison, 21/Green Bay, 22/Milwaukee
Info: (414) 332-8002; Fax: (414)
332-8035 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.ppaw.org
January 3-5 Orlando
February 8-10 Dallas
March 22-24 Las Vegas
May 23-25 Philadelphia
July 11-13 Chicago
Info: (877) ASI-SHOW; Fax: (800)
546-6381 email@example.com • www.asishow.com