HUB PEN RECEIVES PPAI SUPPLIER STAR

This is the first year the company has received top honors. In 2010 and 2011, Hub Pen was recognized as a finalist.

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS (January 27, 2012) – Hub Pen Company has received the PPAI Supplier Star for the S10 Category ($20,000,001 – $50,000,000 in annual sales), which was presented to the company at the PPAI Awards Presentation & Reception on January 4 during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. This is the first year the company has received the award. In 2010 and 2011, Hub Pen was honored as a finalist, receiving the Award of Merit.

Accepting PPAI Supplier Star on behalf of Hub Pen at PPAI Awards Presentation & Reception on January 4 during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas are: Andy Arruda, MAS, national sales executive; Joe Fleming, president; Cheryl Brugliera, customer service account representative; Bob McGaughey, general manager.

Winners were selected by PPAI distributor members who cast their votes for companies that provide the best quality, highest level of customer service and the most effective communication. Companies must also have at least a C rating in the industry’s online rating system to be eligible to win. Hub Pen’s rating is A+.

“Receiving this award is a great achievement,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “It’s a reflection of a supplier’s performance as seen by their customers as well as a statement about the commitment to overall customer satisfaction.”

Joe Fleming, Hub Pen president, commented, “We are grateful to all the wonderful PPAI distributor members who voted us as their ‘Supplier Star.’ It is an amazing honor to be awarded the top spot among so many great suppliers. We promise to continue to be a star supplier in both the quality of our product and the level of service we strive to provide. We feel very privileged to serve our distributor customers everyday, and we are humbled that they voted to honor us for our work in 2011.”

About Hub Pen Company:

Founded in 1954 by Frank Fleming, Hub Pen Company takes its name from the famous Oliver Wendell Holmes quote that describes Boston as the “hub of the universe.” From the company’s start in a Boston suburb, Hub Pen has grown to a Counselor Top 40 Supplier serving ever-increasing national and international markets. Today, Hub Pen continues operations under the management of the Fleming family, printing more than 100 million pens annually.

In the Counselor Distributor Choice Awards 2012, Hub Pen was named Supplier of the Year as well as the No. 1 Pen Supplier. Additionally, Hub Pen received the PPAI Supplier Star Award for 2012—a highly sought after award voted on by distributors to honor top suppliers that deliver excellence in product, decoration, and overall customer service.

For the last three years, Hub Pen has been the winner of the Supplier Excellence Silver Award for Writing Instruments from Promo Marketing Magazine. And in 2010, the company was honored by New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) as Supplier of the Year. Hub Pen is also one of the top-rated writing instruments suppliers by Identity Marketing magazine.

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

Company Contact:
Pamela Tapia
781-535-5500
ptapia@hubpen.com