Blaisdell Pro Am Increases Purse to $100K


May 16,2016 – The Blaisdell Pro Am Invitational at the Pennhills Club returns July 25 with a cash prize purse of $100,000. The winnings of this year’s golfing exhibition have increased more than $70,000 since 2015, which furthers the reputation of the Blaisdell Pro Am as one of the most substantial tournament payouts in North America.


It’s been thrilling see how the Blaisdell Pro Am has grown over the past few years,” said Jake Northrup, Pennhill’s head in-house PGA golf professional.


This tournament has helped us bring an unprecedented level of attention and attendance to the Pennhills Club,” said Northrup. “With the increased prize purse this year, we expect to see even more excitement from both professional and amateur golfers who will be joining us from across the country.”


The event is sponsored by Zippo Manufacturing Company in memory of founder George G. Blaisdell. The tournament brings together PGA professionals and amateurs from across the country. The Blaisdell Pro Am is part of the annual schedule for the Western New York Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.


Before George Blaisdell achieved success for inventing the Zippo Windproof Lighter, he was known throughout the community as an avid and talented golfer. Zippo proudly continues to sponsor the Blaisdell Pro Am Tournament to honor Mr. Blaisdell through the sport he loved on a course he enjoyed. For additional information about the event or Pennhills Club, visit blaisdellproam.com.

Blaisdell Pro Am Increases Purse to $100K


April 29, 2016 – Zippo is pleased to announce it has earned ISO 9001:2008 certification by meeting international standards for quality management systems at the company’s manufacturing facility in Bradford, Pennsylvania.


Zippo’s manufacturing management system was registered as ISO 9001:2008 compliant following an in-depth audit process conducted by NSF International, an internationally accredited third party registrar headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Zippo Vice President of Operations Tim Van Horn said, “The ISO certification indicates that Zippo has a strong and


consistent management system that produces a quality, high-end product. The entire Zippo team has put substantial effort into making sure that Zippo continues to exceed the ISO guidelines and manufacture our products to meet the highest possible standards.”


ISO International Standards ensure that products and services are consistent, reliable and of good quality, while also helping businesses find ways to reduce cost by minimizing waste and errors, key tools for increasing productivity. ISO International Standards also help companies access new markets and facilitate free and fair global trade.


NSF International’s lead auditor on Zippo’s certification, Garry Puglio, said, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Zippo team to achieve their ISO 9001:2008 registration. From the commitment of Zippo’s upper management to the cooperation of the entire workforce, the company’s commitment to high standards of integrity and quality is readily apparent.”

Blaisdell Pro Am Increases Purse to $100K


April 29, 2016 – April 18, 2016 – David B. Warfel has been promoted to the new position of Vice President, Global Marketing. Warfel had been serving as Director of Global Marketing for the company since 2008.


Warfel has held positions in both corporate and agency marketing with extensive international experience developing consumer brands in Central and Western Europe and Asia. Prior to his work at Zippo, he served as Executive Vice President for Billing Service Group in London, England; Vice President, Management Supervisor with BBDO advertising agency and Account Supervisor with Young and Rubicam.


In his new role, Warfel will oversee all domestic, international, and distributor marketing programs and corporate brand development. He will also provide senior marketing leadership for the company’s Ronson Consumer Products brand and for Zippo wholly owned subsidiary, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company.


It has been a thrill to be a part of this iconic American company and watch it grow to the worldwide brand that it is today,” said Warfel. “As I move into this next chapter, I look forward to working with our global teams across the U.S., EMEA and Asia as we continue to engage new markets and drive further success for the Zippo brands.”