MINNEAPOLIS, MN and BATAVIA, NY -- March 4, 2002 - Minneapolis-based Four51, Inc. and Batavia, NY-based Hodgins Engraving announced today that Hodgins Engraving has become a Four51 Strategic Alliance Partner. Under the terms of the agreement, Hodgins Engraving and Four51 will work together to promote eSolutions and streamlined production and fulfillment to joint customers and prospects.
"Our alliance with Four51 helps us both serve our distributor customers currently using the Four51 system and offer a viable solution to other distributors and customers looking to do business with us online," said Bob Hodgins, Hodgins Engraving's president and owner. "The alliance partnership and the additional services we can now offer through Four51 help us add more value to our distributor and customer relationships."
As a Four51 Strategic Alliance Partner, Hodgins Engraving will have the ability to build and maintain variable document templates for Four51-enabled distributors, ensuring that its inbound orders are 100% print-ready. The two companies are also working to implement Four51's WildFireSM Order Request with Attachments and Ship Notice XML web services as a means to improve order processing and fulfillment efficiencies.
"We are very pleased to have Hodgins Engraving as a Four51 Strategic Alliance Partner," said Mark Osborn, Four51's vice president of marketing. "Hodgins Engraving has been working with some of our largest distributor-customers for some time now, so this Strategic Alliance partnership allows us to extend our working relationship to more direct strategic initiatives like XML interoperability."
Four51 and Hodgins Engraving plan to launch a joint communications campaign to introduce mutual customers and prospects to the newly formed alliance. In addition, the companies will work together to announce and communicate ongoing success stories and milestones.
About Hodgins Engraving
Hodgins Engraving Co., Inc. is a wholesale supplier of quality stationery products produced by thermography, lithography, embossing, foil stamping and genuine engraving. The company sells exclusively through printers and print distributors nationwide, with end use customers throughout the world. The company is a member of the Worldwide Printing Thermographers Association, the International Engraved Graphics Association, the Foil Stamping and Embossing Association, the Document Management Industry Association and the Printing and Imaging Association of New York State. Bob Hodgins is president of the Worldwide Printing Thermographers Association, and a director of the PIA of NYS.
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