PPAI 100 is an exclusive, research-backed ranking of the 50 leading distributors and the 50 leading suppliers in the promotional products industry. Companies are scored based on a variety of metrics.

Bolingbrook, Illinois-based supplier S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121, S12) convincingly captures the No. 2 spot on PPAI 100, buoyed by envious revenue growth, a strong web game and a serious approach to responsibility.  

The company has experienced hands at the wheel as well, promoting Frank Myers, a 14-year veteran of the S&S, to CEO in October, and is backed by its recent acquisition by a private equity firm. S&S has also made some significant moves to expand its footprint – in late 2021 it acquired major supplier TSC Apparel and only six months later brought TSF Sportswear into the fold 

S&S may be one of promo’s largest suppliers, but it remains agile and has introduced some eye-catching new products. At The PPAI Expo 2023, the company’s Quickflip Apparel line took the inaugural win at “The Pitch,” promo’s version of The Voice in which suppliers tried to win over a panel of veteran distributor judges. 

2022 Revenue: $2.15 Billion 
Three-Year Trend: +62% 
High Marks: 2022 Revenue, Growth, Responsibility, Online Presence




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