Awards & Engraving

January '19

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56 • A&E JANUARY 2019 UPDATE: Marco Awards Group Acquisition of Freeman Products Worldwide Earlier this year, Marco Awards Group announced its acquisi- tion of Freeman Products Worldwide. At that time, the integration of Freeman products, including its line of figurines and metal sports figures, was announced as ongoing according to Cathy Garcia, marketing manager. As the integration has progressed, the company wants to make sure its customers know where to find products. Currently, Marco is continuing to add a variety of Freeman products and is already stocking many of them at selected locations. According to Garcia, those locations include Orange, California; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and South Windsor, Connecticut; and they are available nationally. "As we receive inventory (volume), we will expand the warehouses through the first quarter of 2019," she states. For more information, visit Trotec Laser Opens Support Center in Phoenix Trotec announces the opening of its newest regional service and support center in Phoenix, Arizona. The November 8th grand opening was held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the open house event, local laser experts showcased the facility's lasers and accessories through live demonstrations. The new facility will be used to support a growing number of educational workshops designed to provide training on laser technology and promote an understanding of how lasers can add value to a business. Agenda items included: how to use a rotary attachment, how to use Trotec's JobControl Vision, and other tips and tricks and best practices. The support center will house lasers from the company's Speedy flatbed product line, laser cutting systems from its SP laser series, and select laser marking equipment. Laser systems will be outfitted with a variety of options and accessories such as a rotary attachment for engraving round and cylindrical items, vision registration software for creating precision cuts and engraving, and Trotec's flexx laser technology, which combines a CO 2 laser for cutting and engraving a wide variety of materials with a fiber laser for marking plastics and metals. For more information, visit New Shop Opens in Dickinson, Offers Personalized Services On October 13, CQ Engraving officially opened its doors. Located along the I-94 Business Loop East in Dickinson, North Dakota, the business offers everything from custom T-shirts to mugs, baby gifts, and more. Charline "Charlie" Quillian, owner, says that the inspiration for opening CQ Engraving stemmed from her want to make personalized products. "I have a long history in retail, and when my previous job ended, I started thinking about what I love to do," she states. It started with stone carving and pet memorial statues, then rapidly grew into more. Customers can find holiday and birthday gifts, unique T-shirts, and even items for special occasions such as baby showers. "I enjoy being around people and making their occasion memorable," she continues. Quillian adds that the inspiration to bring more to the table than pet memorial statues grew from her understanding that a business must be more than "cookie cutter." "I knew more things needed to get added in," she emphasizes. Want more? TAKE A LOOK BACK AT OUR MONTHLY MEDLEY OF ONLINE NEWS # ReHash Send your news items, along with accompanying photos, in a concise press release to Julia Schroeder, at For more news items, check out It's no secret that there are a variety of learning opportunities constantly available in the awards and per- sonalization industry. Webinars, open houses, seminars, and equipment demos all emphasize the networking opportunities going on. When you subscribe to the daily eNewsletter, you keep up on all the events available to increase your skillset. And if you like that information, visit, plug your email address into the blue box located on the right-hand side of the home page, and click 'Sign Up.' You'll get the latest happenings from around the industry delivered right to your inbox daily. Your request will be processed immediately, and the eNewsletter will arrive promptly the next business day.

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