DPA to 'Blaze a New Trail' with Safety Summit in Tucson

Starting tomorrow and running through Tuesday, Distributor Partners of America is hosting an inaugural Safety Products Show at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Spa in Tucson, Ariz. Billed as both a "Safety Summit" and a Buying and Networking Conference, the event is designed to bring together preferred DPA members and safety industry suppliers for exposure to their products and services. The theme for this first-of-its-kind event is "Blazing a New Trail."

"Unlike other trade shows, DPA's 'Blazing a New Trail' has scheduled 'rotations' where safety products distributors and suppliers meet one-on-one for approximately 15 minutes," said DPA Executive Director Zachary Haines. "Suppliers exhibit behind their tabletop booth, and after 15 minutes are up, each DPA member rotates to the next booth in their rotation order. You really accomplish a lot by the time the conference is over."

Among the companies listed as DPA safety suppliers are MCR Safety, West Chester Holdings, Bradley Corporation, The Andersen Company, Tingley Rubber, and National Marker Company. Some of the distributors slated to attend are Marshal Safety (Evansville, Ind.), Sentry Safety (Peoria, Ill.), Parker Industrial Safety (Avilla, Ind.), and Miller Safety (New Kensington, Pa.).

Suppliers attending the event will have the opportunity to learn about safety marketing strategies from presentations facilitated by Kellie Hoffmeister, DPA's business development manager and founder of Panda Group, a provider of safety marketing, e-commerce sites, and safety product catalog production. DPA joined forces with Panda two years ago to build the Safety and Janitorial Buyers Group, and Panda has been responsible for building vendor alliance programs and inviting safety distributors into the group.

Cincinnati-based DPA (www.dpasafety.com) is a member-driven buying and marketing organization comprised of high-volume, independent distributors in the safety equipment and clothing industries. DPA members receive special pricing, procurement programs, and promotional offers from the organization's preferred partner suppliers.

For more information about the conference or potential DPA membership, call (800) 652-7826 or e-mail Haines at [email protected].

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    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. 3

  • HAZ LO HEADLAMPS

    With alkaline or rechargeable options, these safety rated, Class 1, Div. 1 Headlamps provide long runtime with both spot and flood options in the same light. Work safely and avoid trip hazards with flexible hands-free lighting from Streamlight. 3

  • Glove Guard® Clip

    Safety should never be compromised, especially when it comes to proper glove usage. The Glove Guard® clip enhances safety by encouraging employees to keep their gloves with them at all times. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries on the job. By ensuring everyone has their gloves readily available, we help promote a culture of safety and efficiency. The Glove Guard® clip is designed to withstand the toughest work environments. Constructed from robust materials made in the USA, it can endure extreme conditions, including harsh weather, and rigorous activities. 3

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