QCA CONTINUES GAINING MOMENTUM IN 2011

Quality Certification Alliance has accredited two additional suppliers while two more have applied to participate in the organization’s accreditation program.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 11, 2011) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional products industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has awarded accreditation to two additional suppliers:

  • Miami, Florida-based Bullet Line, LLC
  • Bronx, New York-based Garyline

These firms join the ranks of 13 companies that have previously met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Avaline, Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Dard Products, Inc.; Fanda Enterprises, Inc. dba PromoFactory; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Prime Resources Corp.; and Sweda Company LLC.

“In early 2009, we realized the need to formally document our product safety best practices and decided to apply for the QCA Accreditation Program,” said Gary Hellinger, founder and CEO of Garyline. “The process has helped all our key employees, supervisors and factory workers embrace the concept and achieve the goal of becoming QCA Certified, which is one of the most important achievements in our company history.”

Because distributors are becoming more selective due to the heightened scrutiny coming from their end-user clients, suppliers are responding by becoming more proactive at taking steps to implement compliance programs that deter and detect unsafe products.

As a result, two more suppliers—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Bodek and Rhodes and Grand Island, New York-based Starline USA, Inc.—have applied to participate in the accreditation program developed by QCA.

“Product safety and compliance have always been a very important part of the Bodek and Rhodes culture,” said Hal Rhodes, vice president of purchasing. “Throughout the past year, we have monitored the progress QCA has made and took a long look at its Accreditation Program. With the growing recognition and support of both distributors and their end-user clients, we felt the timing was right for us to begin the accreditation process and join this group of industry leaders in establishing QCA as the industry benchmark for compliance programs.”

Daniel A. Norris, Starline president, added, “Compliance can be a complicated topic, which can be evidenced by the increased frequency our sales team continues to be asked about compliance solutions. QCA offers the only comprehensive process accreditation for safety and compliance in our industry, and we felt it appropriate to be on the leading edge of the compliance effort and ramp up our ability to meet our client needs for delivering safe product.”

Brent Stone, QCA executive director – operations, concluded, “Supplier companies of all sizes are responding to the challenges and opportunities that come as part of the product safety and compliance movement by growing their client solutions. As a result, we are now seeing the first non-founding QCA applicants successfully completing the QCA Accreditation Program. With roughly a third of the Top 40 suppliers now represented in QCA and with 15 companies achieving certification, QCA continues to establish itself as the industry standard for a proactive comprehensive compliance program.

For more information about QCA accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, e-mail brent@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 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 Accredited companies, the promotional products industry and end-user clients.

QCA was formed in July 2008, and today 15 companies have meet the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Avaline, Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Bullet Line LLC; Dard Products, Inc.; Fanda Enterprises, Inc. dba PromoFactory; Garyline, Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Prime Resources Corp.; and Sweda Company LLC—with others soon to complete the process.

In July 2010, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Group was created to formalize the relationship the organization has with distributors who understand the value compliance programs have in building stronger relationships with suppliers, creating competitive advantage in the marketplace and building loyalty with their end-buyer clients. In is currently comprised of 14 companies, which represent more than $850 million in annual promotional products sales.

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