Digital Products International, Inc., was originally founded in 1971 in Saint Louis, Missouri, as Dick Proctor Imports. It began operations as an importer of factory brand consumer electronics from the Orient. In 1973, the company began designing and contracting for the manufacture of products under it's own brand name, "Gran Prix Electronics". This evolution continued until the line was entirely composed of products exclusively designed and manufactured for Gran Prix.
In 1985, Dick Proctor Imports, Inc. was formally changed to GPX, Inc., and subsequently, the product brand was changed from Gran Prix to GPX. Just one year later, the Dutch company Hagemeyer, N.V. acquired a majority interest in GPX. Over the ensuing 8 years, GPX continued to grow by adding new categories and continuing to build its relationships with retailers. In April, 2004, GPX was purchased by Synergy Enterprises, LLC, a New Jersey based private investment firm that specialized in the acquisition of platform companies with significant growth potential.
In 2005, GPX acquired an exclusive license with Crayola to begin manufacturing electronics for children under the Crayola brand. That same year also marked the launch of the Weather X brand, a line of products dedicated to emergency weather preparedness and general outdoor use. Two more brands were launched the following year, Go Video and iLive. The iLive brand, which specializes in audio and video products made specifically for Apple's iPod line of products, was an instant success.
In 2007, GPX changed it's corporate identity to Digital Products International, (DPI, Inc.). DPI, Inc. offers one of the broadest consumer electronic audio and video product portfolios available on the market. This includes Shelf Music Systems, Personal CD Players, Home Theater Systems, Televisions, AM/FM Radios, Digital Audio (MP3/WMP) Devices and Accessories-among others.
DPI expanded its offering in 2010 to include stylish and affordable home and kitchen appliances under the brand name Culinair. The lineup is one of great breadth, including toasters, counter-top grills, blenders, skillets, mini-fridges, wine coolers, popcorn makers, coffee makers, and steam irons.
In 2011 DPI, Inc. introduced a new product line, “iLive Blue”. iLive Blue includes products that are Bluetooth enabled and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, most Android and Blackberry devices, mobile phones, tablets, and other Bluetooth devices.
In 2012, DPI launched Zeki, a brand for multi-touch tablets made for Android. These high-quality tablets include the latest in capacitive multi-touch technology, built-in wifi, expandable memory up to 32GB, Android OS, and a High Capacity Rechargeable Battery. The Zeki tablets come with multiple App-Stores providing access to thousands of great Apps.
We have built a solid reputation with excellent product quality, reliability and affordability. Our success is based on the principals of exceeding the expectations of our customers by offering the latest in technology and features, packaged in world-class designs-all at affordable prices.
Each year, we proudly supply Americans with millions of consumer electronic products. We sell products to U.S. distributors, mass merchandisers, specialty electronics stores, variety and drug chains, and home shopping networks. In addition, we are a key supplier to direct mail and premium accounts.
DPI, Inc. headquarters and distribution center is located in a state-of-the-art, 330,000 square foot facility in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.