PDI was founded in 1987 by Lynn Katers with one employee, Lynn. Our business model has been and continues to be one that uses innovation, dedication, passion, creativity, commitment and excellent service to exceed the needs of our customers. Vastly different than its beginning, today PDI employs more than 50 employees all sharing and practicing the same principles that the company was founded on. Lynn still is a key principle in PDI. In fact, many of our first customers are still our customers today.
Being a visionary company, in the early 90’s we expanded our production, warehousing and systems to handle corporate programs. We believed that corporate customers were looking to leverage their programs and buying into companies that offered more products and services. Through a series of acquisitions and expansions, we saw our production capabilities greatly expand. We offered “just-in-time,” low minimum and no minimum inventory programs years before the promotional products industry started offering them.
In 1996-1997 during the Green Bay Packers run to Super Bowl XXXI, we were the largest hot market decorator of Packer apparel in the country. We produced more than 225,000 screened and 30,000 embroidered pieces under the retail names of Russell Athletic - Chalk Line and Shirt Xplosion. Our most famous order was an embroidered running suit for then President Bill Clinton.
In 2004 we added a significant direct import network that allows us to deal directly with strategic international manufacturers. By working directly with these manufacturers we are able to offer our customers (with low cost) supply chain management solutions on thousands of products. Our import division is the fastest growing portion of our company.
As we have grown, so too has the range of products and services we offer including:
- Promotional Products - Premiums and Incentives
Today PDI remains a privately held, woman-owned company. We take pride in building lasting relationships that come from our innovation, dedication, passion, creativity and commitment. We will never be the biggest…but we will be the best.