Effective August 2015, top 50 supplier Pro Towels (asi 79750 /ppai 112755) has acquired supplier Kanata Blanket Company (asi 63823/ ppai 217153/ pppc 980901).
Pro Towels is the largest full-service beach, golf, fitness and rally towel supplier within the Promotional Products Industry. With corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, Pro Towels has manufacturing and decorating facilities located in both South Carolina and California.
Kevin Nord, President of Pro Towels, explains “the addition of Kanata Blanket Company enables Pro Towels to become an even more diverse line, complementing our existing products perfectly and offering us an even greater presence in the fourth-quarter gift giving season. We are now truly a company for all seasons.”
Kanata Blanket Company has been a recognized leader in premium blankets, décor and lifestyle products in the Promotional Products Industry since 1993. Voted the recipient of BEST BLANKET SUPPLIER in the Counselor Distributor Choice Awards since the inception of this category, Nord adds ”Kanata’s exceptional reputation within the Promotional Products Industry for innovative products and outstanding service was one of the major factors in our decision to purchase them, mirroring our commitment to exceed customer expectations.” Both the Pro Towels and Kanata brands will be maintained as well as their respective industry identifiers.
Fraser Mackay, current President of Kanata Blanket Company, believes that the purchase by Pro Towels will enable each company to better serve their respective customer bases in the USA and Canada. “By combining our operational capabilities, product lines and geographic footprints, we will be able to provide excellence in every way to our distributor customers. This will be enhanced by east and west coast USA distribution for faster lead-times, and the Kanata facility in Canada offering the best-selling towels from Pro Towels to the Canadian market. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for Kanata and we are very proud to become part of the dynamic Pro Towels organization.”
Fraser Mackay will continue to oversee Kanata Blanket Company in Canada as Executive Vice President, with no changes in operating direction planned as part of the sale. Brian Porter will expand his role as Vice President of Sales to cover both the USA and Canadian markets. Jessica McKinnon will remain as Canadian Sales Manager, based in Richmond, BC and assisted by Devon Manwaring. Sharon Griffith will assume the role of Vice President of Marketing for both the USA and Canada.