WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Brand Buzz Promo & Apparel
Deluxe Dry Cleaners, Ltd
St Johns, NL Canada
JEL Marketing Solutions, LLC.
Birmingham, AL 35208-1402
Marketing Communications, Inc.
Bonita Springs, FL
Miles Holdings, Inc.
Lewisporte, NL Canada
Print Magic Specialty Printing, LLC
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Enterprise Car Rental
Spector and Company
IN THE NEWS
Attending ASI or PPAI in January?
Visit our Preferred Suppliers to see the latest products and the latest marketing programs designed to help you build your business and margins. Watch for the list of Universal Unilink vendors with booth numbers for each of the major shows in an upcoming eUPDATE.
M&A Matting Price Change
Due to tariffs on raw materials, on November 16th M&A Matting announced an across-the-board 3% increase effective January 7, 2019. Please note that other manufacturers are concerned that finished goods categories including linen may be added sometime after the first of the year. While we will keep you informed as information becomes available, you may want to check with suppliers for price guarantees if you are quoting new business or working on bids.
Calderon In Canada
Calderon Textile’s products will soon be available again in Canada. Watch for details in a forthcoming eUPDATE.
Showdown in Canada
Showdown Displays, our award-winning sign and display supplier, launched a Canadian freight program. If you haven’t used Showdown, check out their product line at showdowndisplays.com. Whether your customer is a small salon on a budget or a major firm needing to wow at tradeshows, introducing Showdown will win business. For details, contact Customer Care at (888) 376-7469 or our Universal Unilink Inside Sales Rep, Ryan Lester at (763) 746-1113.
A New Face at Universal Unilink
Michael Kane joined Universal Unilink’s Member Services Team in November. He brings a strong background in B2B sales and marketing of promotional products, software and financing. For more than twenty years, Mike owned and operated a promotional products and image wear distributorship. “With Mike’s knowledge of the industry, he’s a great resource for Members who need assistance with sourcing or issues related to operating a small business. We’re delighted to have him assisting our Members, ” stated Allan Fowler .
S&S Activewear announced a major expansion of their distribution centers to better service customers across the USA. S&S stocks deep inventories of more than 60 of your clients’ favorite brands including more than 40 styles of Columbia, Adidas, Dri-Duck, Van Heusen, and Tommy Hilfiger. For a complete list, visit ssactivewear.com/brands or contact Christina Cho at (800) 523-2155 x6891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCurdy to Lead HLAC Board
HLAC recently announced that Universal Unilink Member Linda McCu
rdy will assume the duties of board president in January 2020. McCurdy, an HLAC board member since 2017, is president and CEO of K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., a provider of healthcare and hospitality laundry and linen services in Canada. She will succeed Brad Bushman of Standard Textiles, who has been board president since October 2017.
Eileen Lynch Selected for SAAGNY Hall of Fame
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced that Eileen Lynch has been selected for induction into the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, the highest honor the association can bestow upon any individual.
Eileen, Northeast Regional Sales Manager at BIC Graphic, has been a long-time member of and volunteer for SAAGNY.
Laundries and Distributors had a good year
Members in all market categories report significant increases in revenue in 2018. According to a recent ALM survey about the state of business in the laundry / linen services industry, respondents are doing more business today than they were last year at this time. You can read more about the survey results at this link: bit.ly/ALMsurvey
Not to be outdone, distributors also reported a great year. In a recent article from ASI, almost half of all distributors reported year over year growth over 2017. That article is available at this link: bit.ly/ASIgrowth