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2018 PPAChicago Showcase a Success!
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's PPAChicago Showcase. 150 exhibitors (including 13 First Time Exhibitors) and over 1200 attendees filled the Arlington International Racecourse on March 8th. This is the one time our Chicagoland distributors get the opportunity to invite their clients to see product ideas from such a large group of suppliers. The feedback has been positive and we look forward to next year's showcase. -Dawn Ruler; 2018 PPAChicago Showcase Show Chair

Attendee Comments:
"I wanted to take a minute to tell you that I thought your show was perfect for me!! " 
"Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the PPAChicago 2018 Showcase yesterday at Arlington Park Race Track. We had some very good conversation with distributors that we think will lead to some business."
"A number of people came up to me and said it was the best show they had ever attended." 

Pirate Jack Sparrow greeted our guests and shared time visiting exhibitors. 

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March 7, 2019 PPAChicago Showcase     

May 14th Day of Action
May 15th Factory Tour  #1 (TBD) & Education Seminar
May 15th Factory Tour  #2 (TBD) & Education Seminar
May  16th Member Appreciation Luncheon Registration
May 17th Donation Charity Drive Registration
Wednesday, June 6th


 (Limited tickets available. This event WILL sell out fast.)

 Ariel Premium Launches New Website
 St. Louis, MO - March 8, 2018 - Ariel Premium Supply is proud to announce the launch of an entirely new website at The new site features a greatly enhanced product presentation, easier navigation, a more robust search tool, a Design Lab for users to create their own flyers (powered by ZOOMcatalog) and an educational Learning Lab to share detailed product knowledge.
About Ariel
Ariel Premium Supply is a leading Top 40 Supplier to the promotional products industry. Established in 1993, Ariel offers a collection of technology, home, health, drinkware, auto and travel products to the corporate marketplace, serving both the U.S. and Canada. Ariel is a Minority Business Enterprise and is an active participant of the PromoStandards Alliance. Additional information may be found at
Orbus Demonstrates Commitment to Quality & Environmental Management and Recycles Over 410 Tons of Waste in 2017

Woodridge, IL - March 16, 2017: Orbus Exhibit & Display Group®, one of North American's leading trade
suppliers and manufacturers of display, exhibit and event solutions is proud to announce that its Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV facilities have both recently achieved the most current ISO certifications for Quality and Environmental Management. Through earning ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications, Orbus demonstrates a continuous commitment to quality and environmental management. Its formal and well-documented processes in place to reduce risks for quality,
environmental, and safety issues.

In 2017 alone, Orbus' recycling efforts diverted 537,000lbs. of cardboard, cores and paper as well as 188,000lbs. of plastic from being dumped into landfills. Recycling bins in employee lunch rooms, cubicles and offices, along with fabric, plastic and paper recycling programs in warehouses encourage and enable such results. In addition, Orbus recycles batteries, electronics, old pallets and skids, and steel.

In 2017, Orbus partnered with Donco Recycling Solutions to recycle cardboard cores left over after the company's dye-sublimation printing process. Rather than being buried in a landfill, the cores with paper are brought to a recycling plant to be turned into boxes, board games and more. In less than one year, Orbus managed to recycle over 180,000lbs of cores with Donco.

Orbus also takes part in UPS's Carbon Neutral Shipping Program, which mitigates CO2. The mitigated CO2 is turned into Carbon Credits by UPS, and are donated to environmentally friendly responsible programs. 

About Orbus
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group is a market-leading, privately owned group of companies that specialize in the manufacture and trade only supply of portable modular and custom modular exhibit and display products, graphics and solutions. Companies and brands within the group include Orbus365®, SignPro Systems®, Origin® and Nimlok®.
Orbus is a proud member of the ISA, SGIA, ASI, PPAI, UPIC, SAGE and EDPA; the company boasts G7 Master IDEAlliance certification and is registered to ISO 9001:2015 for the highest manufacturing quality standards and ISO 14001:2015 for its environmental management system and "green" efforts. Orbus' supply and manufacturing facilities reside in Woodridge, IL and Las Vegas, NV. For more
information, visit

R.S. Owens creates the 20th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards
Chicago awards manufacturer produces Costume Designer Guild Award for the first time in America.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - February 20, 2018 - R.S. Owens is pleased to announce the creation of the 20 th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards for a February 20,
Beverly Hills star-studded event. For the first time in the history of the awards the stunning figure was made in America by the artisans of R.S. Owens. The molds for this award are some of the most complex ever created using over 30 parts to cast the swirling garment figure. After casting, the figure is hand-chased to create deeper curves to enhance the draped figure. The final step is applying a satin silver finish which recreates the sterling plating of original Italian design. The figure is mounted to a black optical crystal base and the plate is attached when the winners are announced.
The award was created to celebrate the creations of Hollywood's top costume designers, actors and directors and is given prior to the Oscar® awards. Many of the winners tend to predict the Oscar® recipients such as Guillermo del Toro, prior to his win for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars®, also took home the Costume Designer Guild's Distinguished Collaborator Award. Other winners included Kerry Washington and Lindy Hemming.
Whether your award is a simple recreation of your logo or an elaborate representation of your brand, R.S.Owens' design team will create a legacy award that will make your trophy into a gallery art piece.
In 2018, R.S. Owens celebrates its 80th year of inspiring achievement. R.S. Owens has grown into the largest manufacturer of premier awards in the world with a firm commitment to creativity, quality and craftsmanship. The Oscar®, Emmy, The American Idol, The Russian Golden Gramophone Music Award, London International Advertising Award, GMA Dove Award, Athena Leadership Award, Kennedy Center Award, Cotton Bowl, NASCAR Pepsi Max 400, Phil Simms All-Iron Award and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards highlight the expansive list of honors produced by R.S. Owens.