ABOUT HPC Global

HPC Global began business as the Hanover Centershaft Company founded by Ralph Hoke in 1913 and operated out of a building located in the Exchange Place in downtown Hanover.  In 1915, a hurricane destroyed all buildings in this area, and the factory was moved to Third and Filbert Streets in Midway.  The principal product at that time was the “Wooden Penholder” which was the general writing instrument of the time along with the felt paper blotter.  Both items were widely used with advertising imprints.

The 1940’s the business went through some ownership changes but continued to supply most of the wooden pen holders sold in the USA by leading companies such as Eagle, Dixon, General, and Reliance.  They also made special holders for drafting instrument companies like Post, Dietzgen, Hunt, and K & E. William Houghland purchased Hanover Wood Products Company in 1957, changed the name to Hanover Pen Corp., and spent the next 55 years growing the family business.  By 1959 a ballpoint pen refill became available that wrote well enough to be considered a viable product and was incorporated in a wooden pen handle. Plastic pen handles began to replace wooden handles and ultimately became the material of choice.  Over the ensuing years, Hanover Pen Company developed and sold many unique products. Since the 1960’s, Hanover Pen Corp. has been a low-cost producer of USA Made writing instruments.

A new 8,000 S.F. plant was built on Fame Avenue (now Industrial Drive) in 1968 with additions made in 1973, 1981, and 2000. We continued to add new products and new equipment, serving more and more customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean islands and other countries around the world.

While we continue to produce our line of USA made products, in 1999 we changed our trade name to HPC Global to reflect our image as a global supplier of promotional products.  We import pens from Europe, India, and the Far East to offer our customers a full range of products and prices. 

In 2010, HPC Global registered with the FDA and then began in-house filling and labeling of USA made Hand Sanitizers.  We custom built equipment to fill and label a variety of bottle shapes and sizes.  We were inspected by the FDA in 2012 and passed with no non-conformities.  We are dedicated to expanding our health and beauty offerings with the finest American Made products at reasonable prices and fast service.

Today we make a complete line of promotional products including writing instruments, pencils, key chains, desk accessories, tablet accessories, smart phone accessories, a complete collection of USA made hand sanitizer products along with a variety of other health and beauty items.

Today, second generation CEO, Robert Houghland, continues the traditions of Value, Service and Integrity that HPC Global is known for.

Our goal for the future is to continue to grow by adding new customers, new products, and new technologies as we service our customers and help them grow.


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