Thursday, April 2, 2015

If it's good enough for Presidents

The AT Cross Townsend pen...choice of Presidents and Queens...and you too!

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that you don't sign a lot of treaties or legislation. I'm going to take a leap of faith and assume that you weren't present when Queen Elizabeth signed The Commonwealth Charter.

Had you been to either of these events you might have come away with a very nice souvenir.

Both the President and the Queen used the Townsend pen from AT Cross. 

AT Cross is America's oldest manufacturer of fine writing instruments. Founded by Richard Cross in 1846 their first factory was in Providence RI. They introduced the Townsend line in 1991. 

The Townsend is available as a ballpoint, roller ball or fountain pen.

You have a choice of finishes:
  • Black lacquer
  • Quartz blue lacquer
  • Platinum plated
  • 10k gold plated
  • Lustrous chrome
As the ultimate finishing touch, the pen can be decorated with the recipient's signature. (See the image of President Obama)

I don't have to tell you that this is not going to be your trade show giveaway pen.

However, if you want to recognize significant business partners or stellar performers in your company - this is the way to do it.

So, give me a call and let's discuss how you can incorporate this iconic writing instrument into your recognition campaign.

And, of course, AT Cross offers a range of other pens that reflect their world-renowned quality and carry their lifetime warranty.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Buying corporate jackets…what’s the difference between “heavyweight” and” thermal”?

 So, you’ve been tasked with buying cold weather jackets for your staff. You’ve seen the terms “heavyweight” and “thermal” and you’re wondering, “What’s the difference,” “how do I pick between the two?”
Today’s cold weather corporate apparel isn’t just about the type of fabric it’s made from. The real difference and what really matters is performance.
Thermal depends upon the weave used to make the fabric. A thermal weave creates small pockets that trap warm air (from your body) and keep it close to your body.
“Heavyweight” refers to the weight of the fabric; you’ll see terms like 12 oz. or “gms /sq. in” The higher the number the heavier the fabric.

Can the two be combined? Yes, they often are. Here’s an example.

This is the Carhartt Yukon Fleece Jacket. It’s a heavyweight fleece on the outside with a thermal lining. It has polyester taffeta sleeve lining with quilt insulation.

The heavyweight fleece will prevent the warm air from escaping quickly.

However, you don’t necessarily need a heavyweight fabric to get a cold weather performance jacket. Here’s an example.

This is the Trailway Soft Shell jacket from Tri-Mountain. It has 2 layers of polyester bonded together with a breathable windproof/water resistant membrane in between. Inside there are thermal panels to trap and hold body warmth. It is a fairly light weight but extremely warm jacket.

You might select something like the Trailway if you want a light weight 
and more fashion oriented jacket         
Carhartt and Dri Duck make jackets that are more work oriented.
Any of these jackets can be decorated with your company logo. Any of them will keep your staff warm and comfy in chilly weather.