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Gainesville company receives order request for Hanoi Summit

Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 6:20 PM EST
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While the world's eyes are on the Hanoi Summit, look down at the desks during the event, and you'll see a contribution from Gainesville.

The desk pads at the summit were designed and stamped in town with a one of a kind Hanoi Summit print. Dacasso Leather is responsible for the one of a kind desk pads. The office merchandise company creates desk accessories including pencil cups and letter trays.

Dacasso started as an eBay company 16 years ago, and now their clients are of the highest office. Their pads are currently used in the Situation Room and the United Nations building in New York. You can see the pads during the moments Osama Bin Laden was killed and when a declaration was signed to denuclearize North Korea.

“We’re just blown away by the fact that we’re producing this for a world event”, explains Brad Gonzalez, the general manager of Dacasso Leather.

They made the desk pads for the Singapore Summit when President Trump and Kim Jung Un first met, and now they were requested to make desk pads for the Hanoi Summit.

“We had a very tight window, we had 2 days”, but Gonzalez states “we knew we could do it”.

The pads for the Hanoi summit were designed in Gainesville, sent off to be manufactured, and then imprinted at their Gainesville warehouse. Heat and pressure are used to stamp the leather pads.

The company has also made leather pads for numerous TV shows and movies. A Hollywood production company purchased those items and are stored in a prop warehouse where they can be used for movies in the future.