South Whitley, IN, February 15, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- ShindigZ was recently awarded the title of “Party Retailer of the Year—Online Only” by Greetings, Etc.
The award honors the party supply company that was started in 1926 by Hubert Stump. ShindigZ is based and operated out of South Whitley, a small town just outside of Fort Wayne, Indian. Local lore has it that during the Great Depression, Hubert Stump was down to his last nickel and rather than buying a loaf of bread, he placed the money in the church collection and the next day came up with the idea of the Memorie Booklet, the prom favor that started it all.
Since its quaint start, ShindigZ has grown to be a part of over 20 million events. Current owners, Shep and Wendy Moyle, purchased the company in 1990. In 2006, the company officially changed its name from Stumps to ShindigZ to symbolize the fun that it brings to both its employees and customers.
"We believe that our formula of offering unique products that we design and manufacture, an endless variety of more than 38,000 items, a focus on absolutely delighting our customer and a commitment to personalizing every event has helped achieve success in this market," said Shep Moyle, president and CEO of ShindigZ.
Since the Moyles’ purchase of ShindigZ, they’ve transformed the company from a one-catalog operation of 40 employees to a 14-title company with seven websites and 400 employees.
"We believe that we must offer our customer the complete party solution and work with them both online and on the phone to plan their special event. We work to absolutely delight each and every customer and that is our only standard -- 'are you absolutely delighted with ShindigZ?' Each and every day, all of our 400 party hosts work toward this goal."
ShindigZ has also received awards including “Entrepreneur of the Year" from Ernst and Young in 1999 and one of "Indiana's 100 Fastest Growing Companies" from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In 2000, Forbes Magazine named ShindigZ.com one of the "Top 400 Websites in America."
Since 1926, ShindigZ has been America’s leading supplier of Prom and party supplies. Its family of brands includes Stumps Prom, Stumps Spirit, Everything Elementary, ShindigZ, Prom Wishes, American Prom, and SpiritLine. It ships products from its facilities in South Whitley, Indiana across the United States and around the world to 55 countries. With more than 38,000 products, eight different catalogs, and 7 distinct websites, it provides customers with the complete party solution. For more information about ShindigZ, go to http://www.shindigz.com.