FIVE SUPPLIERS ACHIEVE QCA CERTIFICATION

Broder Bros., Dard Products, Inc., Gordon Sinclair, Prime Resources Corp. and Sweda Company LLC have successfully completed the QCA accreditation process.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 22, 2009) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded accreditation to five additional suppliers:

  • Trevose, Pennsylvania-based Broder Bros.
  • Evanston, Illinois-based Dard Products, Inc.
  • New Hyde Park, New York-based Gordon Sinclair
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Resources Corp.
  • City of Industry, California-based Sweda Company LLC

These firms join fellow founding members Barton Nelson, Inc., BDA, Inc., Gemline, Leed’s and Logomark in 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 applicant and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“Achieving QCA certification has been a rigorous and rewarding process that has resulted in a much enhanced quality partnership with all of our factories because of the comprehensive system of checks and balances that is in place to ensure product safety, regulatory compliance and social accountability,” said Rick Brenner, CEO of Prime Resources Corp. “Certification is the most important and revolutionary change in quality management in the promotional products industry. Giving peace of mind to distributors and their end-user clients that the branded promotional items they purchase are safe and compliant is essential.”

The independent verification of the standards and procedures to which QCA accredited members adhere ensures that distributors and their clients receive consistently safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. “It doesn’t matter how extensive a quality process any company has in place, working through the QCA accreditation process identifies gaps and areas that need attention, thereby improving the overall product and in turn the reputation of the company,” said Jennifer Gluck, executive vice president of Gordon Sinclair. “An organization such as QCA improves our ability to provide products that are safe, contain no restricted ingredients and are not only made safely but also with social and environmental accountability issues in mind. QCA accredited companies are a select group of manufacturers who have earned the right to say they truly make a quality product—and can back it up.”

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. QCA accreditation and full membership in the organization is granted to 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. Currently 10 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA accredited member status—Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Dard Products, Inc.; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; Prime Resources Corp.; and Sweda Company LLC—with the balance to complete the process before year-end. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance, and Brent Stone serves as executive director – operations.

For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.

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

Company Contact:
Brent Stone
206-448-6271
brent@qcalliance.org