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Cathedral Art Purchases Abbey Press

CA Gifts, a company long known as Cathedral Art, has purchased Abbey Trade. Canadian distribution will stay with Parasource Marketing which will also pick up the full CA Gifts line. This story is hardly new. Many of you have known about this for many, many weeks; however, finding online corroboration — an item we could link to — proved elusive.

A press release at Saint Meinrad Archabby reads:

Abbey Press Trade Marketing has been purchased by CA Gift (formerly Cathedral Art), a wholesale gift manufacturer located in Rhode Island. The company will continue to produce a wide range of best-selling Abbey Press products under the name “Abbey Gift.”…

…Abbey Press Publications is currently considering options for the future publication and production of the popular CareNotes line…

A news item last week at Providence Business News [Rhode Island] reported:

CA Gift and parent company, Cathedral Art Metal Co. Inc., purchased the wholesale gift division of Abbey Press, a press operated and owned by a 160-year-old Benedictine monastic community, the company announced Monday.

The Saint Meinrad Archabbey of Indiana had decided to shut down Abbey Press, a wholesale gift manufacturing, trade marketing and printing operations company in December 2016. CA Gift purchased the gift and trade marketing divisions known as Abbey Press Trade Marketing and will retain its creative and sales staff, who will now produce and market products under the name Abbey Gift.

“We expect a seamless transition, as we retail both the creative and sales teams and move forward with this iconic brand,” said CA Gift President Leo A. Tracey in a prepared statement.

In a conversation with PBN, Tracey said that the Abbey Gifts employees would remain in Indiana, expanding the company’s domestic staff from 35 to about 50 employees, who mostly will focus on sales and creative elements of the business.

The move to acquire the Abbey Press brand allows CA Gift to expand its product base, Tracey explained, from the metal-based products the company currently builds in the company’s factory in El Salvador to materials that include ceramics, glass, resin and wood. He estimated that 80 percent of the manufacturing that Abbey Press’s gift division engaged in would remain in factories in Asia, while about 20 percent of manufacturing would migrate to CA Gifts’ El Salvador location.

An item posted by a company which does sales representation for Abbey in the U.S. noted:

1) The following product lines will be discontinued: Publications, Counter Cards, Prayer Cards and Christmas Cards
2) Approximately 270 of the bestselling Abbey Press gift items are now available from CA Gift.
3) CA Gift will be selling the (above) Abbey Press product line under the name of Abbey Gift.

Parasource already has CA Gift catalogues available for Canadian stores. It is currently running a clearance of its existing Abbey inventory; a seven-page list is available.

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