Acquires Block Graphics
Ennis Inc. (asi/52493), a supplier
of print and promotional products
based in Midlothian, TX, last
week completed its acquisition
of all outstanding stock of Block
Graphics Inc. Ennis paid about
$14.6 million in cash for the
stock of Block Graphics, a supplier
with locations in Denver, Portland,
OR, Paso Robles, CA, and Sun
City, CA, through borrowings
under its credit facility. “This
acquisition gives us a major
presence in the Pacific Northwest
as well as expands our presence
in two excellent geographic locations,
Colorado and California,” said
Keith Walters, president and
CEO of Ennis, in a press release.
The Denver facility of Block Graphics
will be moved to the Adams McClure facilities
in Denver and will continue to operate
under the name Block Graphics. The Paso
Robles facility is being moved to Sparks,
NV. That move is expected to be complete
by August 31. Block Graphics reported
approximately $35 million in sales in
2005, and Ennis currently ranks as the
third-largest industry supplier on Counselor’s
Top 40 list. Ennis, which acquired
Alstyle Apparel (asi/34817) at the end
of 2004, has been firmly planted in growth
mode the past couple of years. Its total
company sales increased from $365 million
in 2004 to $559 million last year, while
its pure promotional products sales increased
from $62 million to $300 million over
the same period.
From Katrina to Kenya, promotional products companies are demonstrating their
eagerness to lend a helping hand. Dard Products Inc. (asi/48500) recently responded
to a local newspaper article about foster children – particularly in areas
impacted by Hurricane Katrina – who are in desperate need of school supplies
by contributing hundreds of products, including staplers, rulers and pens. “I
think every child should have the advantage of having the appropriate equipment
for going to school,” says Harriette Shevin, CFO of Dard. “Learning
for a foster child is often difficult enough, so our idea was to give them as
much equipment as we could. We hope others will do the same.”
the same spirit, Proforma
C&S Productions (asi/300094)
has teamed with business
partner and supplier
to assist the United
Methodist Church of the
Asbury United Church
to sponsor a program
to help 1,400 Kenyan
children living in poverty.“ Personally,
I like helping people,
but (SanMar) is a good
business partner of mine.
They really came through,” says
Scott Jarman, owner of
C&S Productions. “They
have a deal where you
can submit a request
for donated items, and
they’ll see if
they can help out, and
they came through with
A new survey
of 1,000 sole
while 83% are
they were in
job, 35% said
to focus on
is their greatest
test. The survey
by Visa USA
counsels entrepreneurs. “We
always hear, ‘I
need more time,
I wish I could
do more,’” said
for Visa USA. “Sole
all the time.”
Just like the
In an effort to prop up its controversial Hummer brand, General Motors has reached
a deal with McDonald’s to give away 42 million promotional items. GM, which
is looking to stem the tide of a $3.2 billion second quarter loss, depends on
the sale of branded items like keychains, T-shirts and other licensed goods.
In fact, according to License magazine, GM had $3 billion in retail sales of
licensed products in 2005.
In this new deal, toy Hummer
vehicles will be placed in McDonald’s Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals
in an effort to connect with youngsters long before they’re even able to
make their first-ever vehicle selection.
Martin Walsh, general
of the toy
cars were given
out in the
days of the
is meant to
do it as an
time you get
in front of
Ariel Premium Supply Inc. (asi/36730) opened its new 50,000 square foot office
in St. Louis on August 11.
is offering a pair
of complete garden
kits with pink garden
flower seeds in its
support of breast cancer
Jack Nadel International
opening a new office
in Dallas/Ft. Worth
on September 1.
of its owners
at its 2006 Convention
and Family Reunion.
were Geoff and
Cory Becker, co-owners
of Proforma QuickSilver
Promotions in Austin,
TX, and Yvette
Hymel and Rachel
of Proforma Key
Solutions in River
Edge, LA. Proforma
Awards to suppliers
and Alpha Shirt
Avaline (asi/37590) has appointed Jennifer Olivencia to the position of marketing
and tradeshow coordinator.
to vice president,
to vice president
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