QCA ACCEPTS NEW CANDIDATES FOR MEMBERSHIP

Seven suppliers have applied for membership in the Quality Certification Alliance, the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 16, 2009) – Since Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) opened for membership in July, Brent Stone, QCA executive director – operations, has had countless conversations with suppliers who recognize the competitive advantage that comes with successful completion of independent, third-party audits but are unsure how to begin the process. “The QCA Accreditation program provides the guidance these companies need to build comprehensive and effective internal compliance programs,” he said. “As a result, seven suppliers have applied to join the ranks of QCA membership.”

The seven new QCA candidates are:

  • Miami, Florida-based Bullet Line, LLC
  • Oxnard, California-based ETS Express
  • Bronx, New York-based Garyline
  • Largo, Florida-based Hit Promotion Products Inc.
  • Mount Vernon, New York-based Jetline
  • Attleboro, Massachussetts-based North Attleboro Jewelry Co. Inc.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah-based SnugZ/USA

These suppliers understand self-compliant statements no longer address client needs and are proactively taking control for safe products entering into the marketplace. As candidates for QCA membership, they receive a number of tools to help them in developing a compliance program. If candidates complete the rigorous QCA accreditation process in the allotted timeframe, they become QCA accredited members.

“During the past year, we have spent a great deal of time and effort developing and executing a voluntary internal compliance and corporate social responsibility program,” said Bill Schmidt, Jr., vice president of Hit Promotional Products. “However, we recognize the need for taking our program to the next level. Joining QCA brings us the knowledge and guidance coupled with the rapidly growing industry-wide appreciation for compliance and the highest level of standards for product safety.”

Brandon Mackay, MAS, president/CEO of SnugZ USA agrees. “Ensuring our practices provide our distributor customers and their end-user clients with safe products is our number-one goal,” he said. “We believe QCA has the best certification process, which gives us the tools to put our goal into action.”

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