Born In Ohio educational event planned

| September 18, 2020

The Ohio Promotional Professionals Association is proud to present a special educational event, Born In Ohio.

Ohio is the proud birthplace of the promotional products industry and the association wants to celebrate with the community that made it happen and keeps making it happen every single day.

A small-town printer in the town of Coshocton, Jasper Meek, is considered to be the originator of the now almost $25 billion industry. Meek convinced a local shoe store to supply book bags imprinted with the store’s name to local schools. The original press used to print these original burlap sacks is displayed in Coshocton’s museum to this day.

Henry Beach, another Coshocton printer, and a competitor of Meek, also joined the ranks of printing store names and brands on products and soon the two printers were selling printed marble bags, buggy whips, card cases, fans, calendars, cloth caps, aprons, and even hats for horses. The Beach company stands in Coshocton today and continues to print branded calendars.

OPPA and PPAI’s Paul Bellantone will host a day of education, pride, and camaraderie all in the name of promo in Coshocton. Small group tours will occur in two sessions throughout the day, following guidelines set forth by the CDC and local health officials. Tours will include a time at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum to peruse historical items from advertising history, a tour of Roscoe Village including a direct address by Paul Bellantone, and networking time at a local Coshocton eatery. The Born In Ohio event serves as the official kickoff to the rescheduled Promotional Products Work Week 2020 and Advertising Week 2020. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. To register, visit The size of groups are limited due to safety purposes, but a 4-6 p.m. cocktail time at The Warehouse in Roscoe is open to anyone. People that worked in the promo industry are especially encouraged to attend.

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