Resilient HPG Swiftly Moves Origaudio Production to Utah and Texas as California Mandates Statewide COVID-19 Shut Down
Fountain Valley, CA, March 19, 2020 – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a statewide order for all residents to ‘stay at home’ amid a coronavirus outbreak. Newsom projects that roughly 56% of the state’s 40 million people will be infected with COVID-19 over an eight-week period. The stay at home order is in place until further notice and includes the staff at the Origaudio Fountain Valley production facility. In response, HPG has urgently moved a large portion of US Origaudio order fulfillment and inventory to the Handstands facility in Utah, along with the BEST Promotions facility in Texas, to prevent any potential disruption to distributors.
This is familiar territory for Origaudio. In 2019, Origaudio successfully moved Canadian production to another HPG subsidiary, Debco and plans were already underway to have Hub produce and ship Origaudio orders from the east coast to reduce lead times for customers. Despite the recent earthquake in Utah this week, Handstands is fully operational and has already been supplementing core parts of Origaudio’s decorating processes for almost a year. Thanks to Handstands close proximity to the west coast, matching imprint expertise, and larger capacity the transition has been relatively straightforward.
Jason Lucash, co-founder of Origaudio and SVP of Marketing & Innovation at HPG revealed,
“This is a surreal time for everyone. Firstly, our priority is to keep our staff and their families safe and healthy. Second we’re grateful, once again, to be part of the HPG family and therefore capable of flexing on short notice to the Handstands facility in Utah and BEST facility in Texas. We do not expect any disruptions at this time and our Accounts team is standing by for any customer inquiries. We know this is already a difficult time for the world, our country, our distributors, and our staff so we are glad to have a solution in place to keep the Origaudio brand going during these difficult times.”
Comprised of Hub, Beacon, Best, Debco, BCG, Origaudio, and HandStands, all HPG companies share a common foundation, anchored by best-in-class service, innovative products, quick turnaround times and longstanding win-win partnerships with their respective customer bases and suppliers. Serving a growing North American customer base with award-winning service, compelling products and a passion for excellence in all phases of the customer experience, HPG is now the 8th largest company in the promotional products industry (based on revenues), and enjoys strong organic growth complemented by strategic acquisitions.
Hub is a second generation, family-owned business headquartered in Braintree, Massachusetts. Its 300+ employees service more than 12,000 promotional products distributors and the company decorates more than 215 million pens each year – making it the second largest designer and supplier of promotional writing instruments in the United States.
Beacon is an award-winning promotional products supplier with a great reputation for service and customer satisfaction. Beacon offers a wide selection of products, such as: calendars, table covers, housewares, tools, technology solutions, automotive accessories, highlighters and name badges. Beacon also provides premium leather products in its Canyon Outback Leather line and countless name brand products for executive gifts and incentives.
About Best Promotions USA
Best Promotions USA is a leading provider of imprinted drinkware promotional products headquartered in Balch Springs, Texas. Founded in 2007, the company is comprised of 90 employees committed to answering the phone and saying yes to all of its customers. Best is especially well-known for the millions of coolies produced on state-of-the-art equipment enabling industry-leading delivery times.
Debco is the winner of the Supplier of the Year award in Canada for 22 of the past 24 years. Founded in 1983 and based in Concord, Ontario, Debco serves its distributor customers with a broad portfolio of promotional products, led by its industry leading lines of tote bags and drinkware. With nearly 300 employees, Debco serves its customers throughout Canada and the U.S. by delivering exceptional value and award winning service.
About BCG Creations
Founded in 1981 by Bill Miller, BCG Creations is a leader in metal casted and wood promotional products. BCG is an A+ rated supplier known by its clients for excellent quality, competitive pricing and delivery times faster than any competitor. BCG works with clients from start to finish, ensuring their custom lapel pins, keychains, medals, dog tags, belt buckles, lanyards, and ornaments are done to perfection and delivered on time.
Origaudio is an industry leader in innovative design for its line of awesome lifestyle products. Founded in 2009 and based in Fountain Valley and Danville, California, Origaudio serves its client base with a fresh and cutting edge approach to product that focuses on functionality and creativity for end users. With each of its more than 50 employees committed to providing exceptional service, Origaudio delivers a true “white glove” customer experience to complement a product line that builds lasting impressions for its customers.
About HandStands PROMO
Established in 1983, HandStands® was one of the first companies to bring mouse pads to the marketplace. HandStands® PROMO offers a wide variety of unique promotional products, from phone and tablet accessories to air fresheners, stress relief, lifestyle and automotive accessories. With over 30 U.S. patents issued and 30 more patents pending, HandStands® believes in designing, developing, and manufacturing truly innovative promotional products and creative packaging presentations to promote the world’s top corporate brands in the very best way.