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On The Move

W.R. Cobb taps Jay Gerber to lead sales/marketing for online division

(CRANSTON, R.I.) – W.R. Cobb Company announced the appointment of Jay Gerber as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the interactive division of the 130-plus-year -old company. The appointment of Jay Gerber is a major addition to the WRCobbOnline leadership team.

The interactive division launched by W.R. Cobb Company three years ago has been one of the industry’s fastest growing interactive companies in the jewelry industry.  Presently, more than 1,000 jewelers use WRCobbOnline across America.

UPMR expands plant to accommodate 70% growth

At a time when many companies are downsizing in order to survive, United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. (UPMR) is not only expanding, but thriving. Driven by a 70% increase in their refining business, the company has just built a 6,200 square foot addition to its plant in Alden, NY.  The main objective of the expansion was two-fold; accelerate the processing time of the material to protect their customers from the volatile metal markets and to double their refining capacity.

Jewelers Mutual, Diamond Council announce Security Initiative

(NASHVILLE) - Terry Chandler, president and CEO of the Diamond Council of America (DCA), announced Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has joined DCA as an associate member and will offer their library of security information to DCA members and students. Jewelers Mutual will provide valuable security information, including their online training course, JM University, to DCA for monthly distribution to its members and students.

Dangler Studios joins Southeastern Jewelers Organization

(SARASOTA, Fla.) - Sarasota, Florida based Dangler Studios is the newest supplier member to join the Southeastern Jewelers Organization (SJO) buying group. “We are pleased to become affiliated with an organization that embraces the same core values as our company,” stated David Ramirez, Executive Director of Brand Development for Dangler.

The Southeastern Jewelers Organization was founded in 1963 by a group of independent jewelers to increase the profit and margin of the independent jeweler throughout the US.  SJO is delighted to welcome Dangler Studios as a new vendor to the group. Members enjoy top class terms, service and discounts from a strong group of reliable and successful vendors. For information about SJO membership, call 704-535-7709.

Jewelers Mutual earns 23rd A+ Superior rating from A.M. Best

(NEENAH, Wis.) - For the 23rd consecutive year, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company has earned an A+ Superior rating from A.M. Best.

For consumers and jewelry business owners, this rating provides a measure of reassurance attesting to the financial strength and security of Jewelers Mutual. The A.M. Best rating validates the company’s reputation as the nation’s leading insurance company specializing in jewelry insurance, and proves consistent profitability. Financial stability has allowed Jewelers Mutual to specialize in jewelry and serve the jewelry industry for nearly 100 years.

Jewelers for Children announces Board of Director elections

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC), the jewelry industry’s charity, is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors. Ed Bridge, President of Ben Bridge Jeweler, has replaced Howard Sherwood as Chairman. Sherwood concluded his two-year term on September 30.

“It is an honor to be selected by my peers to lead this incredible organization,” Bridge said. “Jewelers for Children brings the industry together in the service of so many worthwhile causes. I am excited to work with the board in expanding our support for children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect.”