Awards & Engraving

January '19

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A&E JANUARY 2019 • a-e-mag.com 57 Laser2Etch Signs Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Laser Media Laser2Etch announces an exclusive distribution agreement with Laser Media. Under the terms of the agreement, Laser Media will serve as the company's only distribution partner in Poland. Laser Media currently supplies laser engraving equipment and supplies throughout the country. "We decided to co-operate with Liam Dullaghan from Mas- terEtch because their product, especially the Laser2Etch machine, fit perfectly in our offer," says Paweł Czarnecki of Laser Media. "MasterEtch has great experience in etching different metals and building machines for this purpose; and we've been a distributor for Epilog Laser for many years, so we know the engraving market well." For more details, go to bit.ly/L2EAgreement. Owner of Zelma's Awards Wins Lifetime Achieve- ment, Retires The last few months have been a whirlwind for Patty Lingenfelter. In September, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Tehama County, California, and then promptly fol- lowed the recognition by retiring and leaving her business, Zelma's Awards and Laser Engraving, in the hands of long-time acquain- tance Michelle Hickok. But to really get a sense of everything Lingenfelter has gone through, you have to start way back in 1994 when her first busi- ness opened — JP Office Products. After that, the first Zelma's store came along, a candy and gift shop named after her grandmother. Unfortunately, after about six years, that business closed, but that wasn't the end. A little over eight years ago, an opportunity to buy an awards business presented itself. "When the awards business came up for sale, we just continued to use Grammie's name," Lingenfelter says. What happened next became bigger than just a trophy shop. The business offers everything from engraving on and building trophies to personalized wine glasses, sublimated photo prod- ucts, and more. And at the Tehama County September 10th event, all of that hard work was recognized. That night, the Chamber of Commerce gathered together at the Red Bluff Community Center where the sold-out event, including a mariachi band, silent auction, and dinner catered by Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, honored businesses and people from around the community. It was there that Lingenfelter received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more of Lingenfelter's story here: bit.ly/ZelmasAwards. Universal Laser Celebrates 30 Years Established in 1988, Universal Laser Systems celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. During the last 30 years, ULS has accomplished many mile- stones including the development of a strong patent portfolio, creation of a repository of laser processing data for numerous materials, introduction of new products, and the building of a global customer base. "We have accomplished a lot, but there is still much to do to broaden the use of laser material processing technology in conventional and demanding applications," says CEO Yefim Sukhman. "The future of ULS looks bright and these are exciting times for the company." Get more: bit.ly/ULS30. Penn Emblem Earns 2019 Women's Business Enterprise Certification Penn Emblem earns the National Women's Business Enter- prise Certification for 2019 from the Women's Business Enter- prise National Council (WBENC). The certification marks the ninth year Penn Emblem has held the WBENC certification. The non-profit organization certifies businesses operated and owned by women. The WBENC also aims to fuel economic growth by certifying those businesses. "Penn Emblem understands the importance of empowering women, which is why we are proud to accept our National Women's Business Enterprise Certification for 2019," says the company in an announcement. "WBENC fosters women-owned businesses, believing that supplier diversity promotes innovation and fuels economic growth globally." Want more? bit.ly/PennWBENC.

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