HPC GLOBAL DONATES TO OPERATION GRATITUDE

The contribution honors the company’s roots as part of its 100th anniversary commemoration.

HANOVER, PENNSYLVANIA (April 5, 2013) – HPC Global has become an Operation Gratitude Corporate Sponsor by donating more than 14,000 products for packages for U.S. military personnel and veterans. The donated items include sunscreen sprayers, antimicrobial hand sanitizer sprayers and gel bottles, as well as antimicrobial and other types of writing instruments.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages and personal letters of appreciation to military personnel and veterans. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has sent more than 900,000 packages, and its goal is to reach one million packages this year. “HPC Global’s generous donation to Operation Gratitude will help us distribute quality, needed products in the packages we send to the men and women serving our country around the world, as well as our much-appreciated veterans,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude.

HPC Global’s parent company, Hanover Pen Corp., is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the decision to contribute to Operation Gratitude was a symbolic choice. “Throughout the last 33 years, HPC Global has donated our excess inventory to various charitable organizations,” said Robert Houghland, HPC Global president and CEO. “Operation Gratitude’s mission is especially meaningful to our family and our company’s history. My late father and HPC Global’s founder, William Houghland, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and my brother served in the U.S. Navy in during the Vietnam War.

“As we celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary this year, we wanted to give back and honor the U.S. service members and veterans that have served our country so well,” Houghland continued. “They are true American heroes, and we applaud their service.”

The company learned about Operation Gratitude when Barbara Dail, MAS, owner of Yorba Linda, California-based The Creative Solution, put HPC Global’s Vice President of Sales Michael Kogutt, MAS, in contact with Operation Gratitude’s Blashek to coordinate the donation. “Barbara is a big supporter of Operation Gratitude, and we thank her for connecting us with such a good cause,” said Kogutt. “We hope our contribution will not only help Operation Gratitude reach its goal of one million packages sent this year but also make the soldiers’ time overseas a little more bearable. They give so much for the freedoms we enjoy in this country, and it’s important to give back to them and support them in any way possible.”

About HPC Global:
HPC Global manufacturers a complete line of promotional products including USA-made, antimicrobial and imported writing instruments; business, desk and tech accessories; a highly effective USA-made antimicrobial hand sanitizer collection; other health and beauty items; and Utz® brand food gift items. The company is based in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

The company’s heritage dates back to 1913 when it began business as the Hanover Centershaft Company. The principal product at that time was the “wooden penholder”—a general writing instrument of the day used along with the felt paper blotter—both of which were widely used with advertising imprints. Much has changed in the last century, as today the company’s USA-made pens are assembled and printed more than 50,000 units per eight-hour shift.

A long-time industry supporter, HPC is a charter member of Specialty Advertising Association (SAA), the predecessor of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), as well as the Writing Instruments Manufacturers Association Inc. (WIMA).

For more information, visit www.hpcglobal.com.

About Operation Gratitude:
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. service members deployed in harm’s way, their children left behind, veterans, wounded warriors and first responders. Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our military and their families the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 900,000 packages to American military and their families.

For more information, visit www.operationgratitude.com.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS
214-674-8400
lisa_k_horn@hotmail.com

Company Contact:
Robert Houghland
717-637-6681
roberthoughland@hpcglobal.com