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 and, in 1973, the company began designing and contracting for the manufacture of products under its 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. In 2003, Bill Fetter came on board as CEO. He set GPX on a new growth path by adding new categories and expanding the company’s relationship with retailers. In April, 2004, GPX was purchased by a New Jersey based private equity firm that specialized in the acquisition of platform companies with significant growth potential.
In 2007, GPX changed its corporate identity to Digital Products International, (DPI, Inc.). DPI, Inc. introduced the iLive Brand, to better reflect its expansion of products, which included docking and charging products in partnership with Apple. This provided one of the broadest consumer electronic audio and video product portfolios available on the market. This assortment includes Shelf Music Systems, Personal Audio Players, Home Theater Systems, Televisions, AM/FM Radios, Digital Audio (MP3/WMP) Devices and Accessories-among others. Following the transition to Digital Products International, (DPI, Inc.), management acquired the company in 2008.
DPI expanded its offering in 2010 to include stylish and affordable home and kitchen appliances under the brand name Culinair. The lineup includes mini-fridges and wine coolers.
In 2011 DPI, Inc. introduced a new product line, under the iLive brand, which 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 of multi-touch Android tablets. These high-quality tablets include the latest in capacitive multi-touch technology, built-in Wi-Fi, 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. In 2014, DPI launched a Windows tablet under the Zeki brand, further broadening its tablet portfolio. In 2012, DPI also released an expansive array of accessories. Today that assortment includes everything from portable power chargers, USB chargers, HDMI and optical cables, earbuds and headphones, and Bluetooth earbuds and headphones.
In 2015, DPI, Inc. debuted SkyRider as their leading brand in the latest drone technology. Today SkyRider has drones ranging from palm-sized to larger, hobbyist-sized models with or without cameras.
Gran Prix, a throwback to the company’s heritage, also debuted in late 2015 for their line of remote controlled (RC) cars. Currently, the brand boasts several different models with various speeds.
Further developing the brand in 2016, DPI, Inc. revealed iLive Platinum as their premium audio brand. Most notably, iLive Platinum features a family of Wi-Fi enabled speakers, which allow for multi-room playing.
Identifying some unique business opportunities, management sought to broaden the spectrum of the company with two new acquisitions. In 2015, DPI Inc. acquired the rights to the iconic Memorex brand from Imation, a global data storage, consumer products, and information security company and; in 2016, purchased Amped Wireless, a high end, long range wireless consumer and small business communication products company located in Ontario, California.
DPI, Inc. headquarters and distribution center is located in a state-of-the-art, 330,000 square foot facility in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri.
We have built a solid reputation with excellent product quality 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, eCommerce channels, home shopping networks, specialty electronics stores, and variety and drug chains. In addition, we are a key supplier to direct mail and premium accounts.