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Rusty Wallace, NASCAR Hall of Famer, meeting fans at Zippo/Case

July 8, 2016 – The Zippo/Case Museum will be hosting Rusty Wallace – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 55-time race winner Friday, July 15 for a meet and greet with fans..

“It’s been thrilling see how the Blaisdell Pro Am has grown over the past few years,” said Jake Northrup, Pennhill’s head in-house PGA golf professional. font>

Wallace is scheduled to arrive via helicopter at 2 p.m. He will be available to meet fans and sign autographs from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Due to the limited appearance time, fans are encouraged to arrive at the museum early. The meet and greet is free and open to the public.

Wallace’s visit to the Zippo/Case Museum was arranged in partnership with Watkins Glen International as part of the lead up to the Zippo 200 XFINITY Series race on August 6.

Zippo/Case Museum Hosts Case Collector Reunion

July 8, 2016 – The Zippo/Case Museum will host the 2016 Case Collector Reunion on Saturday, July 23. The public is invited to browse through hundreds of tables set up by knife collectors for attendees to swap old or purchase new knives throughout the event. Attendees can also take part in a number of other activities including; Case knife painting on canvas, storytelling with the Case family, viewing a custom knife creation with renowned custom knife maker and Case ambassador Tony Bose, Case Plunko, Apple Peeling and Bubba Gum Blowing Contests, Case Trivia, Spin the Wheel, Pin trading and Case Trading Cards collecting. Children can assemble their own wooden Case during the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their Case knives to have them sharpened and polished by Case Artisans or bring their prized collectible Case knives to be appraised.

While there, attendees can purchase many limited edition, special event collectibles including the Owner and Chairman of the Board Case Knife, the President and CEO Mark Paup Case Knife, the VP Operations Skip Lawrie “Built in Bradford PA” Case Knife, the Tony Bose Case Knife, and the Historian Katie Shonts Saar Case Knife. There are also three different Case Artisan Knives featuring the signatures of artisans Chris Cole, Ricky Deitz, Brian Jones, Tim Kraft, Jeremy Prince, and Kerry York. The Zippo/Case Museum will also have special limited edition event collectible Case knives and Zippo lighters for purchase. Local non-profit organizations will have a variety of food, snacks, and drinks available for sale during the event.

The event is scheduled to take place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The Zippo/Case Museum is open special hours the day of the event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. Click here for more information about the event.

Blaisdell Pro Am Increases Purse to $100K

May 16,2016 – The Blaisdell Pro Am Invitational at the Pennhills Club returns July 25 with a cash prize purse of $100,000. The winnings of this year’s golfing exhibition have increased more than $70,000 since 2015, which furthers the reputation of the Blaisdell Pro Am as one of the most substantial tournament payouts in North America.

“It’s been thrilling see how the Blaisdell Pro Am has grown over the past few years,” said Jake Northrup, Pennhill’s head in-house PGA golf professional. font>

“This tournament has helped us bring an unprecedented level of attention and attendance to the Pennhills Club,” said Northrup. “With the increased prize purse this year, we expect to see even more excitement from both professional and amateur golfers who will be joining us from across the country.”

The event is sponsored by Zippo Manufacturing Company in memory of founder George G. Blaisdell. The tournament brings together PGA professionals and amateurs from across the country. The Blaisdell Pro Am is part of the annual schedule for the Western New York Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Before George Blaisdell achieved success for inventing the Zippo Windproof Lighter, he was known throughout the community as an avid and talented golfer. Zippo proudly continues to sponsor the Blaisdell Pro Am Tournament to honor Mr. Blaisdell through the sport he loved on a course he enjoyed. For additional information about the event or Pennhills Club, visit blaisdellproam.com.

Zippo earns ISO 9001:2008 certification

April 29, 2016 – – Zippo is pleased to announce it has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification by meeting international standards for quality management systems at the company’s manufacturing facility in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Zippo’s manufacturing management system was registered as ISO 9001:2008 compliant following an in-depth audit process conducted by NSF International, an internationally accredited third party registrar headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Zippo Vice President of Operations Tim Van Horn said, “The ISO certification indicates that Zippo has a strong and consistent management system that produces a quality, high-end product. The entire Zippo team has put substantial effort into making sure that Zippo continues to exceed the ISO guidelines and manufacture our products to meet the highest possible standards.”

ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are consistent, reliable and of good quality, while also helping businesses find ways to reduce cost by minimizing waste and errors, key tools for increasing productivity. ISO International Standards also help companies access new markets and facilitate free and fair global trade.

NSF International’s lead auditor on Zippo’s certification, Garry Puglio, said, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Zippo team to achieve their ISO 9001:2008 registration. From the commitment of Zippo’s upper management to the cooperation of the entire workforce, the company’s commitment to high standards of integrity and quality is readily apparent.”

Warfel Promoted to Vice President

April 18, 2016 – David B. Warfel has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Global Marketing. Warfel had been serving as Director of Global Marketing for the company since 2008.

Warfel has held positions in both corporate and agency marketing with extensive international experience developing consumer brands in Central and Western Europe and Asia. Prior to his work at Zippo, he served as Executive Vice President for Billing Service Group in London, England; Vice President, Management Supervisor with BBDO advertising agency and Account Supervisor with Young and Rubicam.

In his new role, Warfel will oversee all domestic, international, and distributor marketing programs and corporate brand development. He will also provide senior marketing leadership for the company’s Ronson Consumer Products brand and for Zippo wholly owned subsidiary, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company.

“It has been a thrill to be a part of this iconic American company and watch it grow to the worldwide brand that it is today,” said Warfel. “As I move into this next chapter, I look forward to working with our global teams across the U.S., EMEA and Asia as we continue to engage new markets and drive further success for the Zippo brands.”

Mark Paup Named President and CEO

April 16, 2016– Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mark Paup has assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Zippo Manufacturing Company and its subsidiary, W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company. Paup takes over from current CEO Greg Booth, who retires after 16 years at the helm. In his 22 years at Zippo, Paup’s role in strategic planning, product diversification and in restructuring the sales and marketing departments is recognized by the Zippo Board of Directors as instrumental in boosting sales.

As CEO, Paup continues to enhance the company’s international expansion and to further establish Zippo as a lifestyle brand. Paup began his Zippo career in 1994 when he established the firm’s licensing department. He has also held the positions of National Sales Manager, European Sales Manager, and Global Marketing Director. He was the Vice President of Zippo Sales and Marketing from 2008 to March, 2016 and the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Case from 2014 to March, 2016.

Paup was appointed to the Zippo Board of Directors in 2011. He is also the President of the supervisory board of Zippo Europe S.A. and a director of Zippo Asia Ltd. In 2014 he directed the buy-out of Zippo’s European joint venture, affecting sales and distribution in six of Zippo’s most important overseas markets. In 2014 and 2015, he led the initiative to establish the wholly-owned subsidiary, Zippo China, in the company’s number one market abroad.

Zippo’s owner and Chairman of the Board said “The time is right for Paup to become Zippo’s next president and CEO. He is an exceptional leader, with a demonstrated track record of implementing complex growth strategies. I look forward to partnering with him in his new role to continue the company’s strong legacy of innovation.”

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