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New Leadership for DAS Cos.

Company also expands with new distribution center to serve travel centers, c-stores, more
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PALMYRA, Pa. — David Z. Abel, owner and founder of marketing and supply chain portfolio company DAS Cos. Inc., has agreed to resume the role of CEO and president effective immediately. Michael Abel, who has served as CEO and president since 2008, is no longer with DAS.

With 47 years of experience, Abel has “pioneer status” in the industry, the company said.

“DAS will continue to serve our clients, vendors, associates, and communities consistent with our core values,” said Ron Hoover, chairman of the board of directors.

Palmyra, Pa.-based DAS Cos. manufactures, imports and distributes branded merchandise and such as truck and auto supplies, travel gear and mobile electronics in North America through retail channels including travel centers, convenience stores and heavy-duty trucking, electronics and specialty retailers.

DAS has secured a new 200,000-square-foot distribution center in Franklin, Ky. Over the past several years DAS has extended its portfolio of more than 12,000 products serving the on-the-go lifestyle to include a licensing agreement with Cummins Inc. that spans a multitude of product categories, the establishment of Legion 9 Brands and a focused ecommerce strategy. This strategically chosen location expands the logistical network of DAS to four states and more than 800,000 square feet of warehouse solutions.

The location will service DAS’ current customer base of travel centers, c-stores and other retailers, but also for its new Legion 9 Brands, which specializes in product development, category management, supply chain, marketing and retail execution.

The additional space will also allow DAS to productively serve its customers with the new-to-market Cummins Licensed Merchandise that is hitting retail locations this summer.

This investment will create more than 100 supply chain jobs in the Franklin area, said the company. The new warehouse location will be fully functional by January 2023.

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