GARWOOD, N.J.—Pen Company of America (PCA) acquired Garland Writing Instruments and Ben-Art Manufacturing in two separate business transactions on June 28. All three companies share common ties to U.S.-made ballpoint pens, PCA said in a release.
Pen Company of America, formerly Rotary Pen, is reported to be the largest manufacturer of plastic ballpoint pens made in the United States. The company manufactures more than 40 million pens, pencils, and markers annually. Established in 1928, PCA is run by a fourth generation who continue to injection mold, assemble, imprint, and package writing instruments in the company’s factory in Garwood.
Garland Writing Instruments, based in Coventry, Rhode Island, has been a major manufacturer of U.S.-made metal writing instruments since 1927. Ben-Art Manufacturing has manufactured metal accent pieces, such as clips, tips, and bands, for ballpoint pens in Prospect, Connecticut, since 1954. Pen Company of America will be relocating both companies to its New Jersey manufacturing facility.
“The three companies’ history, in terms of dedication to USA manufacturing, product lines, and customer base, is very similar,” said PCA Vice President of Sales Colleen Shea, in the release. Shea is the great-granddaughter of PCA’s original founder. “The ability to bring all three together in one location, and under one umbrella, will give customers a single source for USA-made writing instruments, from economical plastic pens to high end metal pens.”
Pen Company of America’s products are currently sold into the promotional products, retail (in stores and online), and healthcare industries, as well as the U.S. government. The company’s acquisitions of Garland and Ben-Art will enable PCA to expand its product line in these industries and develop new avenues, while remaining dedicated to manufacturing high-quality USA-made products, PCA said in the release.