GEMLINE AND PRIME RESOURCES CORP. COMPLETE THIRD-PARTY AUDITS; QCA OPENS FOR MEMBERSHIP

Six of the 14 Quality Certification Alliance founding members have now completed the independent auditing process of their headquarters as the organization is ready to share its accreditation program with the industry.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (June 29, 2009) – Gemline and Prime Resources Corp. have successfully completed a third-party audit of their compliance programs and practices. They join BDA, Inc., Leed’s, Logomark and Sweda in achieving this important milestone on the road to QCA accreditation.

“QCA accreditation helps members design processes and procedures to insure their products meet appropriate standards today and in the future,” said Jonathan Isaacson, CEO of Lawrence, Massachusetts-based Gemline and QCA founding member. “Accreditation gives end buyers the ability to purchase with confidence as it relates to quality and compliance. This kind of initiative is good for the industry, member companies and our customers.”

A QCA member begins the accreditation process by first endorsing a self-certification, then it proceeds to a self-assessment step, followed by a third-party audit. Finally, a scorecard is created based on the results of the third-party audit, and the QCA board uses the scorecard as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“Through this certification program, QCA provides a consistent framework for product quality and safety standards, which are becoming more and more important as legislation that directly effects the promotional products industry continues to be enacted,” said Jeff Lederer, executive vice president of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Resources Corp. “Providing products that meet the QCA Seal of Approval requirements are important not only for the overall future success of QCA members but the industry as well.”

To date, 11 of the 14 founding members have successfully completed the stringent self-audit stage and are in the third-party audit verification process, and six founding members have passed third-party audits of their headquarters facilities—just as the organization is ready to share its accreditation program with the industry.

In the absence of a defined industry standard for product safety, clients have been forced to create and manage to their own unique and slightly different standards—until now.

For the past year, the 14 QCA founding members have been identifying and establishing certification standards, then defining and testing an accreditation program to be operated within a not-for-profit organizational framework. Now that all the pieces are in place, QCA has officially opened the organization for membership.

When a company joins QCA and begins developing its compliance program, it receives a roadmap plus expert feedback to follow during the development phase to accelerate the process, reduce the cost and allow members to quickly realize a return on their safe product investments. Additionally, QCA members are kept abreast of continually changing product safety regulations with product safety expert downloads to make better sense of the requirements and quickly identify how to apply these changes to their specific product categories.

For more information about QCA membership and to inquire about the process, 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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Media Contact:
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Company Contact:
D E Fenton
206-448-6271
dfenton@qcalliance.org