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Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644, Gold) has earned a reputation in the promo industry not only for the quality of its appealing apparel collections, but also for its ongoing commitment to giving back to the local community. Boston-area organizations that have benefited from its generosity include the Charles River Watershed Association, Meals on Wheels America, Christmas in the City, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Cradles to Crayons and many others.

Founded in 1983 and based in Sharon, Massachusetts, the company now spans three generations. It’s made significant investments in digital infrastructure over the years, including complying with PromoStandards as a key source of integration with top customers, as well as supporting industry platforms like SAGE, implementing its ERP system for operational efficiencies, bolstering its cybersecurity and more.

Lending its support to the larger promo industry, the supplier is also a Bronze-level donor to the Promotional Products Education Foundation Tomorrow Fund.

2023 Revenue: $40 million
Three-Year Trend: +25%
2023 PPAI 100 Ranking: 44
High Marks: Innovation, Employee Happiness



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