The road to accreditation begins when a QCA Applicant endorses a self-certification that indicates it is adhering to and promoting standards of compliance that would reasonably detect and deter nonconforming practices in the manufacture and importing of promotional products.
Next, each Applicant proceeds to the self-assessment step, a rigorous process that forces the organization to analyze all of its compliance processes to ensure it meets the common standards established by QCA. In this step, the company documents its processes and implements changes necessary to achieve compliance with the QCA standards as demonstrated through a third-party audit.Over four days, the third-party audit of an Applicants’s compliance-related practices is conducted by an accredited, independent organization that has not had any previous participation in the self-assessment process. Each company has independent, third-party audits of its headquarters office as well as multiple factories within the supply chain.
After completion of the third-party audit, a scorecard is issued based on audit performance in the five measured areas. The QCA board uses the scorecard as the foundation for granting accreditation. Only those organizations achieving the highest (A or A+) assessments in their headquarters and across their supply base are awarded accreditation.
The following companies have achieved QCA Accreditation:
Founded in 1919 as Broder Bros (now alphabroder) is the nation’s largest distributor of trade, private label and retail apparel brands and merchandise to the imprinting, embroidery and promotional product industries. alphabroder offers more than 43 brands including a broad selection of trade brands from Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Jerzees and Bella + Canvas plus an extensive assortment of retail brands including Adidas Golf, Ashworth, Champion, Russell Athletic, alternative and Dickies. alphabroder also offers industry-leading private label brands including Devon & Jones, Chestnut Hill, and Harriton.
Established in 1992, American Ad Bag is a family-owned and operated bag printing company offering screen printing, flexographic printing, foil stamping, a 4-color/3D 4-color thermal heat printing and debossing — all in-house. American Ad Bag is an innovative leader in the industry for non-woven, paper and plastic bags, expanding the line over the last few years by offering imprinting on vinyl and denier bag materials. American Executive Essentials was added in 2013, offering imprints on padfolios and tablet folders. American Ad Bag has plants in both Illinois and Arizona.
With production facilities in California, New York, and Toronto, AZX Sport is a supplier with over 20 years of experience in the promotional products industry. The company was listed in PPAI’s top ten mid-sized companies to work, received PPAI’s Technology Award, and was proud to call their VP of Sales one of the BEST BOSSES of 2015. While they have a high degree of specialization in competitively-priced lanyards including multiple North American factories with full production capabilities, their wide product scope also includes microfiber products, badge reels, personal health care items, breath fresheners, event wristbands, pet accessories, and many more.
As the company name suggests, BAG MAKERS specializes in designing and printing paper, plastic and non-woven bags, producing more than 55 million bags each year through flexographic, hot stamping and screen-printing services.
BIC Graphic is a leading supplier in the promotional products industry offering the most comprehensive product assortment with the widest variety of decoration methods. In addition to the BIC® collection of products, BIC Graphic offers well-known, proprietary brands such as Norwood®, Sheaffer®, RCC KOOZIE®, Atchison®, Triumph® and Jaffa® as well as prestigious partner brands. Visit norwood.com and bicgraphic.com to learn more.
Bodek and Rhodes carries a comprehensive line of basic, fashion and private label brands such as Next Level, A4, New Balance, Boxercraft, Adidas, Bayside, Chouinard, Gildan, Anvil, Jerzees, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and over 30 more, including our own private label, the original private label: UltraClub.
Bullet Line takes a unique approach to its product line, which includes a diverse range of bags and briefcases, clocks, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, flashlights, private-label headwear, key rings and tags, sports and fitness gear, tools, umbrellas and writing instruments.
Located just outside of beautiful Lake Tahoe, Castelli offers the largest Italian-made selection of diaries and notebooks in North America. A 35,000 square facility is well equipped to decorate a wide array of products and exclusively patented items such as the Lanybook. Since 1993, Castelli has continuously added value to customer relationships while helping companies market their brand through visionary messages and innovative designs. Castelli is committed to the surrounding environment (its paper is FSC certified) and to the quality of their delivery. Castelli’s mission is to contribute to brand recognition through well executed products.
Established in 1998 in Northern California, Chameleon like, Inc. (formerly known as Chameleon Books & Journals) designs, produces, and markets a comprehensive line of Journals, Notebooks, Binders, Folders and other Desk related products. From its entrepreneurial humble beginnings to date, the company has grown its revenue and expanded its operations every year (except for one) and continues to innovate in design and to provide customer service excellence. It produces the majority of its line in its Gilroy, CA factory and counts over 65 employees.
Crown Products stocks more than 400 items in 15 categories such as automobile accessories, business and desk accessories, coolers, drinkware, gift sets, golf, keychains, padfolios, sports and recreation, travel and personal care, technology, tools and safety, totes and bags, and writing instruments. The company also offers a variety of imprinting methods, including silkscreen, pad, laser engraving, debossing, and color surge—a multi-color digital printing process.
Inspired by the golf lifestyle, Cutter & Buck provides men’s and women’s sportswear under the Cutter & Buck, Clique and New Wave brands. Offered in a wide range of colors, the garments feature classic styling combined with innovative fabrics and careful detailing to create a collection that appeals to an upscale consumer.
Design Resources specializes in developing, sourcing and importing apparel products such as caps, golf apparel, jackets and wind wear, knit and woven sportswear, and sport bags.
A family-owned business in operation for more than 48 years with two generations involved in the company, Garyline is a primary manufacturer with all aspects of production under one roof, giving the company the ability to produce large orders in any color with very short production time. Most products are union-made in USA, and more than 50 items are available with recycled content. Best sellers include automotive products, cheering accessories, clips & clipboards, first aid kits, flyers, stadium cups and sports bottles and stadium cups.
Gemline has grown its core product line—which consisted of portfolios, business accessories, backpacks, sport & travel, totes & coolers—to include gifts, writing instruments, and Eco-Choice, an earth-friendly line made with organic and recycled fabrics. In addition, the product line focuses on niche markets including women’s, all-weather and checkpoint-friendly products.
While drinkware—including biodegradable as well as stainless steel tumblers and water bottles—has been the centerpiece of the Gordon Sinclair product line, the company has expanded product offerings to include high-tech desk accessories (USB devices, MP3/MP4 players and digital photo frames), executive gift sets, clocks, pens and highlighters, sticky notes, pharmaceutical items and eco friendly products.
Hit Promotional Products Inc., with over 1400 employees, is a top 10 Promotional Products Industry Supplier. Hit seeks to be the industry leader in service, quality and value on the more than 1300 products that it offers occupying the value sector of 16 major promotional item categories including caps, bags, totes and cooler bags, writing instruments, drink ware, and leisure items as well as a recent emphasis on new lines of personal care and portable, on-the-go electronic items.
Founded in 2001, iClick is a leading supplier of promotional products to the advertising specialty and promotional marketing industries. The iClick product offering consists of USB Flash drives, computer tech and accessories, mobile tech, mobile accessories and writing instruments. iClick was the recipient of the prestigious Supplier of the Year award in 2014 from Counselor Magazine and the Counselor Magazines Distributor’s Choice Award, 6 years in a row, in iClick’s product category for best customer service among suppliers.
Journalbooks® specializes in decorating and imprinting journals and notebooks. It’s line of Made To Order journals features 100% Post Consumer Recycled paper and environmentally safe vegetable-based printing inks.
Known for its product innovation, Leed’s brings a contemporary retail look to a comprehensive line of awards, bags and totes, blankets, coolers, desktop items, drinkware, eco-friendly products, electronics, flashlights, health and wellness items, outdoor products, pens, safety goods, towels, travel gifts, watches and umbrellas.
Logomark is recognized for its distinctive collection of awards, bags, clocks, drinkware, eco-products, high-tech items, housewares, padfolios, pens, personal care products, recreation items, stationary, tools and watches.
The Magnet Group is a Top 40 Supplier for the past 3 decades. Named the 2013 ASI Supplier of the Year, its reputation for customer service is unmatched. The Magnet Group markets under several brand names, including Magnet, LLC; Innovations by Magnet, LLC; The Bag Factory; Benchmark Crystal and Clocks; The 1919 Candy Company; Perfect Line; and its most recent joint venture with Castelli North America. Known for quality and innovation across over 4000 promotional products, the company is a proud member and partner of PPAI and ASI distributors worldwide.
Norwood Promotional Products, a wholly owned subsidiary of BIC Graphic, Inc., offers more than 2,000 items in 15 product categories, including awards and recognition; bags; calendars, drinkware; flashlights, tools and auto accessories; fun items; golf products; health, wellness and safety; housewares; meeting items; office products; outdoor and leisure goods; technology items; travel merchandise; and writing instruments.
BIC Graphic USA is known for it’s pens and lighters made popular in the retail market. In addition to offering these goods to the promotional products industry, the company specializes in adhesive notes and cubes, nonadhesive cubes, drinkware, flashlights, magnets, mouse pads and notebooks.
Perfect Line, established in 1988, Is one of the leading brands under The Magnet Group umbrella. Located in Camarillo, CA, Perfect Line is one of the industry leaders in the made-in-the-USA soft vinyl category. In addition to vinyl, Perfect Line focuses on creative economic solutions across many different product categories, including drinkware, bags, writing instruments, and travel related items. Perfectline compliments The Magnet Groups array of brands as it provides thousands of options for budget conscious customers.
Prime Resources Corp. offers hundreds of products in 17 categories including backpacks, coolers, drinkware, eco-products, office accessories, notebooks/jotters, stress relievers, totes and writing instruments.
Family-owned and operated since 1971, Seattle-based SanMar is an award-winning supplier of nearly 20 retail, private label and mill brands. SanMar supplies apparel and accessories to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers, industrial launderers and more – to outfit everyone from Fortune 500 corporations to small businesses to the local bowling team. Learn more at www.sanmar.com.
Since 1984, Seville Gear has strived to be one of the most reliable suppliers in the promotional products industry. We provide value to our Distributor customers by offering cleverly designed, safe, and in-stock products matched with professional decorating and always on-time delivery performance. Find out more at www.sevillegear.com.
SnugZ USA is known for its extensive line of lanyards, which include a number of materials including cotton (conventional or organic), polyester, bamboo, recycled PET, dye sublimated (recycled also available), reflective or neoprene as well as styles such as cell phone lanyards, badge reels, non-flip, dual use options, trade show organizers and neck wallets. The line is complemented with eyewear retainers, water bottle straps, wrist retainers, keychains, headbands, and pet leashes and collars. A line of personal care items are also available, including lip balm (organic, natural, and SPF 15), hand sanitizer (alcohol based and natural alcohol free), sunscreen, spot remover, bug spray, glass cleaner, soap sheets, lotion, zinc, aloe gel, muscle relief gel and gift packs.
Sunscope has been a top 40 Supplier since 1997. Family run and owned since 1943, the Sunscope Group has 27 manufacturing/printing facilities, distribution centers and offices around the globe to service the promotional products industry worldwide. The company has built itself as an industry leader by offering a wide range of customizable products that include bags, drinkware, writing instruments, flashlights, tools, frames, timers, pedometers etc. Sunscope’s USA based headquarters are in Los Angeles, California and the company generates $350 million in worldwide sales.
For 35 years, Sweda has been providing innovative promotional products that include bags, drinkware, electronics, gift sets, stationery, watches and writing instruments. Most recently, the company added the Sweda Collection to its offering, which includes: Callaway Gifts and Accessories, London Fog Umbrellas, Leatherman Multi-Tools, Oakley Backpacks and Blue Lounge cable management products.
Vitronic, with over 100 years of experience, is a top 40 Promotional Products Industry Supplier. Vitronic focuses on 7 core categories:leather, totes and bags, plush, lifestyle products such as coolers and kits, headwear, umbrellas, business and calendars. The company is proud to represent the following brands: Coleman® Coolers, totes® Umbrellas, Isotoner® smarTouch® Gloves, Gund® Plush, Andrew Philips® Leather. The company offers a variety of imprinting methods including 4-color processing, screen print, Image Lock, embroidery, deboss, hot stamp , Glitz Rhinestones, neon, glitter and reflective. Visit www.vitronicpromotional.com to learn more.