Garland Writing Instruments is located in an historic mill along the Pawtuxet River in Coventry. The 45,000-square-foot facility turns out hundreds of thousands of promotional items a year boasting the names and logos of companies like GM, Ford, and Nike.
Not only are the pens made in Rhode Island, but a lot of the material Garland uses in its manufacturing process is sourced in Rhode Island, too.
“We use only high-quality materials and we have the capacity to customize our products in various ways. We can make a pen to enhance any company’s brand” says Richard Becker, owner and president of the nearly 90-year-old company.
No wonder Garland’s twist-action ballpoint pen from its Founder’s Collection was a finalist in the Advertising Specialty Institute’s 2015 Counselor Product Design Awards.
In addition to pens, the company also makes a host of other promotional items, including lapel pins and key tags. Clients use them for employee recognition, at trade shows, for fundraising, and as souvenirs marking special events or milestones.
But pens are Garland’s signature product. There are six product lines ranging from the traditional stainless steel Revere collection to the contemporary Colour collection, which comes in 16 shades from a subtle champagne to a showy peacock blue. Every pen is backed by Garland’s “Heirloom Guarantee.”
“Our Heirloom Guarantee ensures a product that can be handed down, and will be serviced, from generation to generation,” says Becker.