The promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products has granted its first supplier certifications.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (August 5, 2009) – Just weeks after the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) opened for membership, the organization achieved another milestone: two of its founding members—Logomark and Gemline—are the first suppliers to achieve QCA Accreditation.

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.

“This has been a humbling experience. Even though Logomark is renowned for quality, going through the rigorous accreditation process has allowed us to vastly improve what we deliver,” said Trevor Gnesin, president of Tustin, California-based Logomark, Inc. “I wanted to step up and reaffirm the trust our distributor partners have placed in Logomark, and receiving QCA Accreditation has accomplished this goal.”

The independent verification of the standards and procedures to which QCA certified companies adhere ensures that distributors and their clients receive consistently safe, high quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise.

“Compliance is one of the cornerstones of Gemline’s philosophy,” said Jonathan Isaacson, CEO of Lawrence, Massachusetts-based Gemline. “I am proud of this important achievement, and it’s a positive step for our industry. I’m also thankful for the establishment of the QCA Accreditation program, as it not only helps ensure product quality and safety but also provides recognition to leaders in the field and brings more attention to these critical issues.”

Additionally, BDA, Inc. also achieved QCA Accreditation during this time frame.

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. 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.


Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS

Company Contact:
D E Fenton