The History of Alliance
W.H. SPENCER founded company in Alliance, Ohio.
Invented newspaper, produce, TY and packer bands.
Hot Springs, Arkansas facility opened.
Invented the Open Ring® Band
Invented QW bunches and jumbo pack.
Invented slide dispenser mass market pack, perforated desk and open window boxes.
ARCO Circulation Supply supplied newspapers with a variety of circulation supplies.
Invented "Brilliant Bands" and freezer bands.
Developed the first Zip Bands for postal use.
Introduced dealer's window display.
Installed world's first continuous cure extrusion line for rubber bands.
First plastic bands.
Manufactured in Walldorf, Germany
Invented Big Bands™
Invented Pic Pac
Invented the world's first imprinted Ad Bands®
Purchased Eberhard-Faber Star and Ideal brands lines.
Awarded Blue Chip Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Rubberband.com went live.
Introduced ProTape® and dispensers.
Named Arkansas Business of the Year
by Arkansas Business magazine.
Awarded Arkansas Quality Award by the state of Arkansas.
Invented Brites® band line.
Introduced Autoband® system
Purchased mail/ship line from Rotex
Named Garland County Industry of the Year
Received Governor's Award for Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Added Cable Wrapz™
Introduced Gear Strapz™ and STRAC Pack™
STRAC Pack was designed in collaboration with 5th Special Forces Group in Ft. Campbell, KY to silence and secure gear.
Added price guns.
Added pallet bands
Introduced Non-Latex (orange) bands™
Invented Fragrance Bands™
Invented X-treme File Bands™, colored EPDM and Non-Latex bands with Antimicrobial Protection.
Introduced Corner to Corner™
Named Office Depot HUB Supplier of the Year
Introduced Reusable Solutions™
Recognized with the Supplier Appreciation Award from the NAEPB.
Introduced Eraselets®, Whiffers® scented bands and Slip-On Grip™
Received the "Excellence in Innovation Award" from the National Institute for Standards and Technology
Invented FotoFlex® four-color imprinting process
Winner in the New Product category of the Promotion Products Association Mid-South Show
Added Blacklight Ink to Ad Bands®
Received "Made in USA" Certified Product Innovation of the Year Award.
Governor's award for Excellence in Global Trade.
Top American manufacturer honors in the Office Supplies Made in the USA Foundation and made Movement.
Hot Springs Headquarters expansion
Introduced Resistor Strip™
Developed automated bag in a bag
Garland County Industry of the Year
Highlighted in Department of Commerce's 50 States of Trade for Export Success
Launched Tie Dye Rubber Bands, Reflection Bands, 4-Way Bands and Mover Bands
Featured on premiere season of Home Factory on HGTV
Received Large Business of the Year for Community Service from Hot Springs Chamber
Received ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Large Business of the Year for Community Service from Hot Spring Chamber of Commerce Award
Better Business Bureau’s 2016 Torch Award for Ethics
Promotional Products Business Greatest Companies to Work for
Sponsorship of Mid America Science Museum’s Tinkering Studio
Garland County Master Gardeners Outstanding Landscape Award
Partnership with University of Sussex to Infuse Graphene into Rubber.
Opened New Division, ARCO® Silicone
Added Silicone Extrusion
Introduced Banding Machine for Seafood Industry
Rubber Strips for Face Shields and Masks, and Antimicrobial Tourniquets
Added Silicone Molding