The company has now met the rigorous qualifications to receive the promotional products industry’s only certification dedicated to product quality, product safety, supply chain security, social accountability and environmental stewardship.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 16, 2013) – The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products, has granted QCA Accreditation to Lenexa, Kansas-based Gill Studios, Inc.

To achieve QCA Accreditation, Gill Studios began by endorsing a self-certification and completing a rigorous self-assessment, followed by submitting its headquarters and supply base to multiple third-party audits. The QCA board then used a scorecard representing the performance of the company and its supply chain on the third-party audits as the foundation for granting accreditation.

“Prior to QCA Accreditation we addressed compliance by designating individuals to become subject experts in areas required by QCA. But no matter how good we thought we were, having a third party validate our assumptions was a tremendous motivator for all of our associates,” said Tom LeTourneau, executive vice president of operations. “Now, implementing QCA is a way of life; it guides us to conduct all business opportunities on a routine basis versus an exception basis. We have embedded the term ‘QCA’ into our daily thought processes, and it has become a point of reference and reflection when considering changes to improve products, processes and procedures. The QCA journey is not ‘one and done;’ it requires sustainability and continuous improvement—and this is a challenge our associates are willing to accept.”

For more information about QCA Accreditation and to inquire about the process and benefits received, contact Jeffrey P. Jacobs, QCA executive director, at jeff@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 25 companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—BAG MAKERS, Inc.; Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Bodek and Rhodes; Broder Bros.; Bullet Line LLC; Crown Products, Inc.; Cutter & Buck; Dard Products, Inc.; Design Resources Inc./Caps Direct; Garyline; Gemline; Gill Studios, Inc.; Gordon Sinclair; Hit Promotional Products; Jetline; JournalBooks/TimePlanner Calendars; Leed’s; Logomark, Inc.; MMI; Norwood Promotional Products and BIC Graphic USA; Prime Resources Corp.; SnugZ USA; and Sweda Company LLC, Towel Specialties—with others soon to complete the process.

In May 2012, the QCA Distributor Advocacy Council Charter 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. It is currently comprised of 15 companies, which represent more than $800 million in annual promotional products sales.

Jeffrey P. Jacobs is QCA’s executive director. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance.

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Media Contact:
Lisa Horn, CAS

Company Contact:
Jeffrey P. Jacobs