Dies Direct is pleased to announce the launch of its new offering of Hot Foil Stamps. The new offering features an attractive heat-resistant copper finish, is made from a different grade of steel than our classic offering – which now makes it compatible with nearly all hot foil platforms, and still carries small minimum order quantities. For those that have not offered Hot Foil stamps to their customers in the past, the versatility of this new offering may be particularly attractive – as now your customers can use your designs manufactured by Dies Direct on any of the popular Hot Foil machines in the market.
Dies Direct originally began producing Hot Foil stamps in 2019. The original offering is made from a thicker grade of steel and features a navy finish. This original design of Hot Foil stamps from Dies Direct will continue to be produced for those customers that prefer the classic look, feel and usability of this classic design.
Recent environmental regulation updates in the United States require many industries to migrate to a low-volatile organic compound (or “low VOC”) content paint. Craft dies require a tremendously rugged paint to withstand the pressures created at the cut line – a demand that required a significant amount of research on Dies Direct’s part during 2020 to ensure the dies would achieve the same (or better) end-product using a low-VOC paint formula.
After significant cost, time, and effort, Dies Direct is happy to announce die production is moving to a low-VOC paint for all newly produced dies by the second quarter of 2021. Customers may notice a modest color change from the existing die color – the new low-VOC content dies exhibit a slightly brighter silver. In addition to the attractive color change, the exhaustive testing has concluded the new paint formula ultimately provides improved durability as well. Dies Direct is proud to bring these product enhancements to our customers without an impact to price.
With PMA’s commitment to low-VOC paint and already producing product from a state of the art facility, PMA Industries once again demonstrates its commitment to responsible manufacturing practices for the benefit of our customers, our employees, our investors, and our world.
PMA Industries announced the installation of Jim Everson as President and Chief Executive Officer. Jim joined PMA as its Chief Financial Officer in May 2020 after serving over fifteen years in similar financial and operational leadership roles at a middle market service and manufacturing firm in Phoenix and a private equity firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, Jim was a Controller and Regional Controller for publicly traded companies including Capital Title Group (acquired by LandAmerica) in Scottsdale and Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Jim began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Young in Des Moines.
PMA also announced the promotion of Kelsy Fee to Controller. Kelsy joined PMA in September 2019 as a Staff Accountant and has managed the accounting and financial reporting function for the Company since joining. As part of her new role as Controller, Kelsy will also manage the Human Resources function including payroll, employee benefits, recruitment, onboarding and employee relations. Kelsy is a graduate of the University of Phoenix, where she obtained a degree in Accounting and a MBA.
PMA Industries is happy to announce its move into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility providing over 65,000 square feet of manufacturing space and corporate offices in Phoenix, Arizona. After growing and expanding in its original location near downtown Phoenix since 1982, our new location and facility will allow for more efficient production and provide room for future growth. The new facility provides a climate-controlled production area, significantly improved work flow, improved access to freeways, and an improved working climate for all of our team members.
PMA Industries, through an acquisition led by Ancor Capital Partners (“Ancor”) embarked on its next chapter as a manufacturer that remains customer focused. Ancor is a lower middle market private investment firm based in Dallas, Texas. With Ancor’s assistance, the management team of PMA Industries looks forward to continued success and growth in the markets it serves. Ancor’s support of PMA’s team members, investment in equipment and facilities, and access to industry experts provides the right measure of support to help the company fulfill its promise to customers on its commitment to Quality, Integrity, and products Made in the USA.
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