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.

Invented Flexbands®

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 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

Introduced Brand-It™

Rubber Strips for Face Shields and Masks, and Antimicrobial Tourniquets

Added Silicone Molding