Last week I attended an event hosted by the Irving Heritage Society and the Irving Chamber of Commerce to recognize the oldest businesses in Irving, TX. PPAI and the city of Irving were both founded in 1903. PPAI moved its headquarters from Chicago to Irving in 1979.
While I knew we were one of the older businesses in Irving, I was surprised to learn that PPAI is actually the OLDEST business in the city. There are other organizations that have been doing business in Irving longer – some for 60 years or more - PPAI at 109 is indeed the oldest. The PPAI News Release below will be sent to local and industry media next week.
As a member of PPAI you are part of something very special… a history that spans generations and more than a century. I am very proud to serve this organization as a bridge from its rich history to a very promising future.
PPAI Recognized Among City’s 20 Oldest Businesses
IRVING, Tex. (March 15, 2012) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org <http://www.ppai.org> ), the not-for-profit association for more than 10,000 member companies of the $16.5 billion promotional products industry was honored by the Irving Heritage Society, the Chamber of Commerce and a group of more than 75 civic leaders as one of 20 oldest companies in Irving, Texas. The Association, the oldest organization doing business in Irving and the oldest serving the promotional products industry, was originally established November 20, 1903, as the National Association of Advertising Novelty Manufacturers. Renamed in 1991, PPAI as it is now known moved to Irving in October 1979.
“We are truly humbled to be recognized among businesses with such rich histories,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “We continue to be grateful for all the Irving Heritage Society does to preserve that history, and the City of Irving and the community do to provide for a prosperous and supportive climate in which to work and do business.”
The Chamber alongside the Irving Heritage Society, U.S. Congressman Joe Barton, Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Mayor Pro Tem Rick Stopfer and more than 75 other attendees recognized Irving’s 20 oldest businesses during a reception last Tuesday night. The reception was a part of this year’s 100th Anniversary events celebrating the Irving Heritage House, one of Irving’s oldest, most historic landmarks and a symbol of Irving’s rich history. PPAI was presented the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition by U.S. Congressman Kenny Marchant and The State of Texas House of Representatives special recognition by State Representative Linda Harper-Brown.
Other notable companies recognized included, Holt Cat, 1905 (Darr Equipment), NCH Corporation, 1919, Irving Shoe Repair, 1945, John Myers Pump Services of Texas, 1945, Moore Roofing, 1946, Porter’s Army Navy Store, 1946, Watson Radiator Shop, 1946, M. A. L. Hobby Shop, 1948, Schnee Morehead, 1948, Big State Drug Store, 1948, Adam’s Plumbing, 1949, Mantooth Construction Company, Inc., 1949, Crouch Sand & Gravel, 1950, Owens-Corning, 1953, Medical & Surgical Clinic of Irving, 1953, Mammen Glass &Mirror (M3 Glass Technologies), 1955, Waldrum Lighting & Signs, Inc., 1959, Louis Barber Shop, 1961, Irving Counter, Inc., 1962, Baylor Medical Center at Irving, 1964, Frito-Lay, Inc., 1967, Al’s Rent to Own, 1967, Toyota of Irving, 1968, Joe’s Coffee Shop, 1971, Sonic-Lear Enterprises, 1974 and Wild Bill’s Hobby Shop, 1975.
Since 1903, the Promotional Products Association International, a not-for-profit, has been the standard-setting international trade association for the promotional products industry. PPAI offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its members. Today, PPAI serves more than 10,000 global member companies who lead the $16.5 billion industry. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company’s name, logo or message. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry’s only free identification system and universal company database. For information regarding PPAI or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.ppai.org <http://www.ppai.org/> .