Agree to Merger
MediaTree (asi/70303), based in Parsippany, NJ, announced it has merged
with Communications Design Group (asi/46166) of Stamford, CT. Financial
terms of the deal were undisclosed. The combined companies will be named MediaTree
Group LLC. Both companies’ specialty
is music downloads, cell phone ring tones and photo prints. “It’s
such a great merger for so many reasons,” says Barry Strom, owner of Communications
Design. “We’re competing all the time for the same dollars. Why not
just capture more together? It’s less costly to operate. They really have
developed some great products, and why reinvent the wheel?”
Strom says it has yet to be decided
if any of the fewer than 10 employees
from Communications Design will
be retained, though Strom will
become director of business development
within the newly formed company.
to Close Los
Norwood Promotional Products announced it will close its Los Angeles production
facility at the end of September. Norwood will be moving its Barlow (asi/38480)
and V-Line (asi/94120) product lines from Los Angeles to its plant in
Red Wing, MN, about 60 miles southeast of Minneapolis. “The plan to close
the L.A. facility has been in the works for several months,” says Paul
Lage, president of Norwood. “The central location of our Red Wing facility
will provide improved lead times and reduced shipping costs for the vast majority
of Barlow and V-Line customers. From an internal standpoint, consolidating factories
means reduced overhead
and more efficient operations.”
says that Norwood’s
will remain the company’s
headquarters, and says
Norwood will do its best
to allow some Los Angeles
employees to retain their
jobs. “We will
offer relocation assistance
for employees who wish
to relocate to Red Wing,
if appropriate positions
are available,” he
Action Duplication Inc. (asi/31007), a CD and DVD supplier, celebrated
a milestone with its 50 millionth disc sold on Monday, June 12. The disc was
sold to distributor Brown & Partners Inc. (asi/147610), which has
done business with Action Duplication for eight years – half of the supplier’s
16-year lifespan. Joel Levitt, president of Action Duplication, says he didn’t
know which distributor would receive that disc, as his company puts out about
65,000 discs per day. “It was difficult to tell exactly when the 50 millionth
disc would come out because we’re running multiple lines on multiple machines,
but we knew about what date it would happen,” he says.
Perhaps as impressive
as the sale of
50 million items
is that Action
able to keep
track of that
says he has no
have to keep
track very accurately,” he
we have to report
our number of
discs to Philips
and Sony and
Lorraine Fierro, director of operations for Lanco Corp. (asi/66224),
passed away recently. Fierro began her career with Lanco in 1996 as a sales assistant.
Lanco remembers her as a dedicated team member and a devoted friend who was distinguished
for her intelligence, integrity and loyalty.
For now, suppliers and clients of ASI distributorships in Sedona, AZ, need not
be worried about a nearby wildfire that has forced evacuations of many homes
in the area. The fire has engulfed 3,000 acres of Oak Creek Canyon, just north
of Sedona. But Patricia Sumstine, who co-founded My Imagination (asi/278682)
with her husband, says there is no immediate threat from the flames, despite
its proximity. “It’s about a mile north of us,” she says. “It’s
closer to uptown than we’re comfortable with, but it doesn’t seem
to be threatening right now.”
Promos & Incent
I had to
I do most
of my business
to be prepared
Brown & Bigelow
Inc. (asi/148500) announced the opening of a new
office in Long Island, NY.
Its new address
is 6500 W.
110th St. Suite
Park, KS 66211.
it has become
has moved into
a new building.
The new address
is 8615 Eagle
Creek Dr, Savage,
The new phone
number is (952)882-9800
and the new
MAS, vice president
was given the
on the Move
Avaline (asi/37950) announced the appointment of Dan Burke to eastern
regional account executive.
announced the appointment
of Richard Vaughn
of Hess & Associates
as its new sales
rep for Indiana,
has hired Kathryn
Lynch to service
its Midwest distributors
new facility in
Mt. Vernon, KY.
of marketing with
King Louie International
will become vice
president of sales
for Dri Duck Traders
has appointed David
Janosik as its
sales rep for its
line for customers
east of the Mississippi
announced the hiring
of Robert E. Gutshall
as COO and executive
and Pamela Lauchner
as vice president
of marketing and
director of sales.
has hired Reinecker
headed by Patrick
Reinecker and Ben
Norris, to represent
its line in Oklahoma
SET TO START
AT ASI CHICAGO With
less than three business weeks
remaining, excitement and momentum
are really building for the industry’s
largest summer show and the biggest
show in the Midwest — The
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Over 4,000 distributors are registered
for the show — with over
1,000 registering in the last
two weeks alone — and 800
suppliers are exhibiting, including
200 that did not participate
at last year’s event.
ASI Show Chicago
July 11 with
a full day
by two days
and fun networking
and to order
Lunch & Learn
and The Gala
to find thousands
of the newest
to jump start
half of your
year at the
and to register,
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