BARTON NELSON AND LEED’S ACHIEVE QCA ACCREDITATION

The promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products has granted two more supplier certifications.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (October 9, 2009) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) had granted QCA Accreditation to two more founding members: Barton Nelson, Inc. and Leed’s. These two firms join Gemline and Logomark in being the initial companies reaching this milestone.

QCA accredited members have endorsed a self-certification, completed a rigorous self-assessment, and then submitted their headquarters and their supply base to a third-party audit. The QCA board uses a scorecard representing the performance of the member and their supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“To earn QCA Accreditation, a company must adhere to an essential level of standards designed to detect and deter non-compliant products from entering into the market place,” said Gabe Nelson, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Kansas City, Missouri-based Barton Nelson, Inc. “Achieving QCA Accreditation is a notable achievement for Barton Nelson Inc, as it demonstrates our dedication to providing safe, high quality products. With the emergence of the QCA Certified Seal, distributors can easily identify industry suppliers that share in our commitment.”

The independent verification of the standards and procedures to which QCA certified companies adhere ensures that distributors and their clients receive consistently safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise.

“Achieving QCA Accreditation is an important milestone for Leed’s,” said David Nicholson, president of New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s. “This long and rigorous process reconfirms Leed’s commitment to product safety. I am equally proud of the progress that QCA has made throughout the last year in addressing this critical issue for our industry. With the growing number of suppliers achieving QCA Accreditation, the organization is well on its ways toward fulfilling its mission.”

For more information about QCA membership and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail membership@qcalliance.org.

About QCA:
Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. The QCA Seal of Approval is granted to member companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA members, the promotional products industry and the end-user clients.

QCA was formed in July 2008 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products: Avaline; Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Dard Products, Inc.; Fanda Enterprises, Inc.; Gemline; Gordon Industries, Ltd.; Leed’s; Litehouse Custom Printing, Inc.; Logomark, Inc.; MMI International Trade; Prime Resources, Corp.; and Sweda Company, LLC. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director.

For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.

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Lisa Horn, CAS
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Company Contact:
D E Fenton
206-448-6271
dfenton@qcalliance.org