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A & A Global Industries

“Innovative approach to products, traditional approach to people.”

A&A Global Industries

A&A Global Industries

A&A Global Industries, founded in 1939, is still family owned and operated in the Greater Baltimore Area. It is the leading distributor and manufacturer of bulk vending machines and supplies in the industry.

Today, A&A employs over 200 personnel nationwide and occupies over 375,000 square feet of space. Product categories supported by the company include gum, candy, nuts, superballs, toys, novelties, empty and filled capsules, stickers, temporary tattoos and innovative point-of-purchase displays. Equipment categories include machines, stands, racks and parts.

With over 63% market share, A&A has a presence in nearly every retail location including shopping malls, deep discount merchants, specialty stores, amusement centers, grocery and convenience stores, and restaurants to name a few.

A&A will always continue its deep commitment to the bulk vending industry through new innovative products and machines that are being developed on an ongoing basis. A&A’s future is secure with years of experience and ability to adapt quickly to market changes.

The A & A Global Industries History

In 1938, lrv Kovens, a Baltimore cab driver, was trying to make extra money by repairing a few stamp machines. He sold these machines to several acquaintances and it was so successful that his new business began to grow.

Eventually he founded Parkway Machine Company, (which later became A&A Global
Industries), as a vending machine repair company in the Baltimore area. Quickly seeing the
need and demand for a business that specialized in vending, lrv expanded the business to include
bulk vending machines and products.

His passion of an “innovative approach to products, traditional approach to people” has
supported A&A Global Industries ever since. While lrv Kovens founded what is today A&A
Global Industries, lrv’s son Edward Kovens and Ed’s two sons Brian and Steven Kovens
now hold executive positions. These men have helped A&A take on dramatic industry
changes, including licensing, and machine and price improvements. These changes have
not only helped the company grow, but have made it overall superior to its competition.

Today, A&A is still owned and operated by the Kovens family in the Greater Baltimore Area and is
the leading distributor of bulk vending machines and supplies.

Product categories supported by the company include gum, candy, superballs, toys, novelties,
empty and filled capsules, stickers, temporary tattoos and innovative point-of-purchase displays.
Equipment categories include machines, stands, racks and parts.

With over 63% market share, A&A Global has over 10,000 active customers, and therefore,
presence in nearly every retail location including shopping malls, deep discount merchants,
specialty stores, amusement centers, grocery and convenience stores, and restaurants to name a few.

A & A Globals Company Timeline

  • 1938 – lrv Kovens founded Parkway Machine Company in the Baltimore area
  • 1941 – Parkway Machine begins to distribute bulk vending machines and products
  • 1950- Founded National Bulk Vending Association and was its first member
  • 1961 – Ed Kovens joins his father in the company
  • 1980- A&A Plastics Division is launched
  • 1983- Brian Kovens, Ed Kovens son, joins the company
  • 1985- Steven Kovens, Ed Kovens son, joins the company
  • 1991 – The Company celebrates 50 years in the business
  • 1992- A&A Parkway Machine Company purchases the Advance Sticker machine company (flat vending) in California
  • 1993- A&A Powder Coating Division is launched
  • 1994- A&A Tool and Die Division is launched
  • 1995- The Company starts a retail candy division called Koko’s Confectionery in Texas
  • 1997- A&A Parkway Machine Company opens it’s west coast operations
  • 1997- A&A introduces licensed products to bulk vending
  • 1998- The Company receives patent for an electronic bulk vending machine
  • 1999- A&A Parkway Machine Company changes its name to A&A Global Industries
  • 2004- A&A moves to new facility in Cockeysville, MD
  • 2009- The company introduces candy crane mix to it’s product offerings
  • 2010- A&A Plush Toy Division is launched

 

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