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November '19

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56 • A&E NOVEMBER 2019 The Dunn Family Announces Sale of P. Graham Dunn to Employees The Dunn Family, longtime owners of P. Graham Dunn Inc., announce the sale of the Dalton, Ohio-based company to its employees in the form of an employee stock ownership program (ESOP). All 300 employees will remain with the company and eligible employees will become owners. The announcement was made on September 3. "An ESOP is our best tool for transitioning P. Graham Dunn from one generation of leadership to the next," says Peter Dunn, founder and long-time CEO. "The first two employees LeAnna (co-founder and wife of Peter) and I hired, Carol Curie and Robert Shetler, are still with us after 42 years. An outright sale of the company to a competitor would highly jeopardize fellow workers that have been with us for decades. "An ESOP assures a secure future and a continuation of our values for those that have shown dedication and loyalty to us," Dunn elaborates. "Our ongoing management team representing 133 years of employee experience will be augmented with outside skilled leadership on our board of directors." The company will retain its familiar name and be directed by an experienced team of leaders. Patrick Helmuth is the newly appointed CEO. Joe Knutson will continue serving as company president. Additional management will consist of Robert Shetler, longtime VP of manufacturing; Franklin Geiser, VP of technology; Andy Yost, VP of sales; and Anthony Burdette, VP of marketing and product development, all continuing in their current roles. Peter Dunn will continue to contribute to product development and operations, lending his expertise as an advisor to the new employee-owned company. "Peter Dunn, our owner and founder, has dedicated much of his life to serving the gift industry and wishes that the business will be around for years to come," states Knutson. "He and his family determined that this would be the best path for succession — putting the company in the hands of the employees." P. Graham Dunn will continue to manufacture art, gifts, and home décor from the heart of Amish Country. To learn more, visit The Allen Company Celebrates 60 Years The Allen Company celebrates 60 years in the promotional products industry this year. Since its beginning in 1959, the Ohio-based company has been family owned and operated. It began under the current president Stan Dohan's great uncle William Allen and his righthand person, vice president Jack Acton in 1959. Allen Dohan joined in 1973 and became president in 1977 until his son, Stan Dohan, took his place as president in 2014. Throughout the decades, the company has experienced many changes. The Allen family started out offering glassware relating to retail business in the '60s, developed different mug styles throughout the '80s, expanded its promotional business in the '90s, and was the first company to develop and introduce stain- less-steel and travel "On the Go" products in the early 2000s, according to Dohan. Dohan adds that at its high-water mark, the company had 138 employees. "60 years, or our 'diamond' anniversary, means that we can reflect on six decades that make up our story; the successes, the critical crossroads, and really celebrate all the people, the employees, professional and vendor partners, and customers whom have made it all happen," says Dohan. Read more online: 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 From company promotions and anniversaries to relocations and new partnerships, quite a bit happened at the start of fall in the awards industry. Before starting your next order or project, take a moment to glance through a slew of stories featured online in the past month. To read more news and features, discover events, and explore tips and tutorials to expand your skills, visit a-e- While there, be sure to subscribe to A&E's eNewsletter by typing your email address into the blue box located on the right-hand side of the home page and click 'Sign Up.' Your request will be processed immediately, and the eNewsletter will arrive promptly the next business day.

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