QCA MOMENTUM CONTINUES WITH FIVE NEW APPLICANTS FOR ACCREDITATION

Five additional suppliers have applied to participate in the accreditation program developed by the Quality Certification Alliance, the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (March 15, 2010) – End buyers have many factors to consider when selecting vendors to meet their promotional products needs. Compliance with legislative, social and environmental requirements is a topic of increasing concern for everyone in the supply chain.

“This trend will only continue to grow, and suppliers with the proper business practices and procedures in place to meet and/or exceed these requirements will be the companies distributors and their end buyers choose for promotional purchases,” said Jim Hagan, president/CEO of City of Industry, California-based Sweda Company LLC, a QCA accredited supplier. “QCA provides the tools required to help companies put the necessary processes in place.”

Five additional suppliers have begun utilizing these tools to improve their value proposition for clients, joining the seven other suppliers that applied for the QCA accreditation program in December. The five new QCA applicants are:

  • New York, New York-based Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
  • Union, Illinois-based BAG MAKERS, Inc.
  • Seattle, Washington-based Cutter and Buck, Inc.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina-based Journalbooks/Timeplanner Calendars
  • Fort Collins, Colorado-based Majestic 360

“Anvil has chosen Quality Certification Alliance as its next certification partner to demonstrate its commitment to the promotional products industry,” said Anthony Corsano, CEO/president of New York, New York-based Anvil Knitwear, Inc. “QCA’s focus on safety, quality, social compliance and environmental protection is completely aligned with Anvil’s responsibility platform, which is held up by three pillars: social and environmental responsibility, product safety and integrity.”

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

“The number of suppliers attaching a high priority to product safety, quality and compliance programs is a great step forward for our industry,” said Rick Brenner, CEO of Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Resources Corp., a QCA accredited supplier. “The more confident end buyers are about our product offerings, the more our industry will continue to grow and thrive. QCA has established the gold standard in these pursuits by providing an independent assessment and certification of each supplier’s supply chain processes. We welcome all of our new applicants and look forward to the day that the vast majority of suppliers pursue QCA accreditation.”

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 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products. Currently 11 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA accreditation—Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Broder Bros.; Dard Products, Inc.; Gemline; Gordon Sinclair; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Prime Resources Corp.; and Sweda Company LLC—with several others soon to complete the process.  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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Company Contact:
Brent Stone
206-448-6271
brent@qcalliance.org