PPAI Magazine May 2023

Must Read | The Long March our nearshore partnerships will continue to benefit our supply chain.” The push to nearshore production has also factored into some large business moves in the promotional products industry. At The PPAI Expo 2023, Boston-based supplier HPG announced that it had acquired fellow supplier Evans Manufacturing, headquartered in Garden Grove, California. HPG CEO Chris Anderson highlighted Evans’ operations in Mexico as a factor in HPG’s decision to make the acquisition, as its strategic initiatives include nearshoring as much of its production as possible. Lessons For Promo Promo industry companies have invested time, effort and money into creating and managing responsible, compliant supply chains, and the process has brought insight as well as progress: • “We believe our global cotton sourcing strategy with our partner suppliers maintains an ethical and compliant position and better aligns with our corporate values,” says Coleman of alphabroder Prime Line. “We have found many attractive alternatives to China-sourced cotton and gillmar / prapass / SIHASAKPRACHUM / Shutterstock.com 74 • MAY 2023 • PPAI