Entries by Bethany Hacker


Be prepared for California latex glove ban

Distributors who sell disposable latex gloves in California should know of that state’s impending ban on latex glove use for restaurants, food service operations, and retail food establishments. Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 5 and effective Jan. 1, 2020, the law decrees that latex gloves will no longer be permitted in the food […]

Zeroing in on Transit Advertising

Vehicle advertising offers broad market coverage results in low-cost ad repetition, lots of impressions Kim Loderbauer OSHKOSH, Wis. — One of my favorite ways to market commercial laundries is via the transit billboard. Transit billboards—on buses, trucks, delivery vans, taxis, subways and light rail trains—can advertise in places where stationary billboards can’t. But, like stationary […]

Kentucky-Based Universal Linen Service Earns Hygienically Clean Healthcare Certification

Emphasis on Process, Third-party Validation and Outcome-based Testing Universal Linen Services, a family owned and operated linen provider headquartered in London, Kentucky, has been has been certified Hygienically Clean for Healthcare. Hygienically Clean is the quantified, validated standard and measure for hygienically clean textiles in North America since 2011, and this certification reflects this laundry’s […]

Augusta Sportswear Brands Announces the Launch of Freestyle Sublimation, The Next Generation Design Experience

AUGUSTA, GA — (PRESS RELEASE)—AUGUSTA SPORTSWEAR BRANDS, a leader in sports apparel, uniforms and accessories, today announced the launch of their new sublimation design platform, FreeStyle Sublimation. Creating sublimated apparel and uniforms in a typical sublimation builder can be a time-consuming and cumbersome process. That’s because most sublimation builders are behind the times, requiring a […]

Phishing Scam Victimizes Top 40 Distributors

Plus, nine tips for how to protect your company. By Christopher Ruvo, ASI Central Counselor has learned that hackers tricked several Top 40 distributors into sending more than $100,000 to bank accounts controlled by the criminals – accounts the promo companies thought belonged to a Top 40 supplier. It’s the latest in a lengthening list […]

ASI’s Counselor® Magazine Selects Reusable Straws Its 2019 “Product of the Year”

Sustainability and environmental movements spur ESP searches of eco-friendly straws   TREVOSE, PA – November 20, 2019 – Counselor® magazine, the voice of the $24.7 billion promotional products industry, today named reusable straws its 2019 Product of the Year. The award-winning Counselor, edited by C.J. Mittica, is published by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI). According […]

Gurtler Completes Phase I of Headquarters Expansion and Renovation

Gurtler Industries, Inc. has completed the first phase of a planned expansion and renovation of their South Holland, IL corporate headquarters.  The increase in footprint and upgrading of facilities was necessary to accommodate continued growth of the company. “We recognized several years ago that to in order to continue serving our current customers and support […]

Penn Emblem Achieves Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

from Printwear by Alexandria Bruce Penn Emblem announces its certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) for 2019–2020. The company first received the certification in 2010. Randi Blumenthal-Joseph, president of Penn Emblem, says, “We are very pleased to be recognized as a Women’s Business Enterprise. This certification raises […]

Penn Emblem Receives WBENC Certification

Supplier Penn Emblem (PPAI 537470, S1) in Trevose, Pennsylvania, has achieved certification as a women’s business enterprise for 2019-2020 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Penn was first certified in 2010. WBENC’s national standard of certification is an extensive process that includes an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process […]