- Lawson Becomes TucLoc Platen Dealer25 May 2017, 5:00 am
Lawson Screen & Digital Products Inc., St. Louis, recently announced it now is an authorized dealer of Livingston Systems TucLoc platens.
The platens, developed with assistance from Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., are interchangeable with any existing Epson SureColor F-2000 series direct-to-garment (DTG) printer. They allow operators to print without placing the â€œhoopâ€� around the garment.
Lawson offers DTG printers a variety of platen options, from small to large, and ev...
- Enter the 2017 Impressions Awards24 May 2017, 5:00 am
Apparel decorators, hereâ€™s your chance to have your work displayed and judged in the industryâ€™s most prestigious competition: the 2017 Impressions Awards.
Decorators of all sizes and experience levels are invited to submit their work. The 39th annual contest will be judged at the Fort Worth Imprinted Sportswear Shows (ISS) event, which will be held Sept. 22-24, and winners will be announced Sept. 24.
All winners will be featured in the January 2018 issue of Impressions, online in t...
- Unifi Appoints New CEO, Board Member24 May 2017, 5:00 am
Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., recently appointed of Kevin D. Hall as chief executive officer and board of directors member, effective June 1.
Thomas Caudle will continue to serve as Unifi's president, a position he has held since 2016.
"Kevin brings more than thirty years of best-in-class strategic marketing and breakthrough brand development to Unifi,â€� says James Mead, chairman, Unifi. â€œHis substantial leadership and managerial experience in the apparel industry, coupled with his s...
- S&S Activewear to Open Texas Facility23 May 2017, 5:00 am
S&S Activewear, Bolingbrook, Ill., recently announced it is expanding its national footprint with a new, state-of-the-art, 493,000-square-foot distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas.
This new facility, which is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2017, means the company now operates more than 2.2 million square feet across the country. It also adds 300 Texas jobs to a continuously growing team.
â€œThe new facility will give us expanded one-day coverage into the greater part of T...
- InkSoft Blog Offers Tips for Improvement23 May 2017, 5:00 am
A recent blog posted by Inksoft, Albuquerque, N.M., offers a strategy for resolving business issues and challenges.
â€œFour Tips For Continuous Improvement In Your Shop,â€� written by Marshall Atkinson, manager, InkSoft Production Manager Software, discusses a four-part process that consists of the following: plan, do, study and act.
â€œPlanâ€� involves describing the problem and figuring out how you envision solving it. â€œDoâ€� is taking baby steps to put your plan i...
- Next Level Apparel Expands Sales Team22 May 2017, 5:00 am
Next Level Apparel, Gardena, Calif., has added Triesha Campbell as its western regional sales manager.
Campbell has 23 years of experience in the apparel industry. She previously worked at Hanesbrands Inc. for 20 years, most recently as senior manager national accounts with wholesalers and key customers. â€” J.L.
- UEI Group Adds to Sales Team19 May 2017, 5:00 am
UEI Group, Overland Park, Kan., has added Russ Hawkins to its team as a direct sales professional.
Hawkins, who is based in Georgia, will service Universal Engraving Inc. and Infinity Foils Inc. customers located in the southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Hawkins has an extensive background in sales with an emphasis on customer development, according to the company. His specialties include engraved foil stamping and embossing dies/cylinde...
- M&R to Host SGIA Road Trip19 May 2017, 5:00 am
M&R Cos., Roselle, Ill., recently announced it will host Specialty Graphic Imaging Associationâ€™s (SGIA) Road Trip: Apparel Decorating for Insiders event at its headquarters.
To be held June 9-10, event sponsors include EasiWay Systems Inc., Fruit of the Loom and Rutland Plastic Technologies Inc. Charlie Taublieb, founder and owner of Taublieb Consulting, will lead two days of comprehensive training in prepress and printing techniques. The workshop also will include a tour of M&Râ...
- Mutoh America Launches ValueJet Dye-Sub Printer18 May 2017, 5:00 am
Mutoh America, Phoenix, recently announced the launch of the ValueJet 1948WX, a 75-inch four-head printer made for high-production dye-sublimation printing.
It prints at 1,440 dpi with four staggered print heads featuring print speeds up to 2,199 square feet per hour. Dual heaters enable fast dry times and accelerated production speeds, according to the company. Pressure rollers can be raised or lowered, depending on material type, to remove wrinkles and the printer has four- and eight-color cap...
- Imprintables Warehouse Offers Customizable Laundering Guide17 May 2017, 5:00 am
Imprintables Warehouse, Carmichaels, Pa., now offers a free customizable laundering guide that decorators can offer as a value-added feature to help them stand out from the competition.
The guide covers topics such as washing, drying and caring for garments decorated with cut-only and printable heat-transfer materials. It also includes instructions on how long to wait before washing to ensure graphic durability, ideal water temperatures, dryer settings and considerations related to specialty fab...
- Vapor Apparel Opens Netherlands Office17 May 2017, 5:00 am
Vapor Apparel, N. Charleston, S.C., recently launched a business unit in Europe, with inventory and operations located in the Netherlands.
Vapor Apparel Europe BV recently displayed its new line of sublimation-certified apparel at FESPA 2017, held this past May 8-12 in Hamburg, Germany. Vapor has more than 12 years of experience with sublimation apparel and offers knowledge and support to its distribution and printer customers, according to the company.
â€œWe are the brand that picks up the ...
- RTP Apparel Adds Global Sales Manager12 May 2017, 5:00 am
RTP Apparel, Midvale, Ohio, recently added Bob DeCenso as global sales manager.
DeCenso most recently worked at Curbell Plastics, where he was senior outside sales representative for the last 10 years. He recently joined the RTP and Image Armor teams at their new 40,000-square-foot facility in Midvale.
DeCenso will help with sales and support, while also expanding the companyâ€™s global outreach for new distributors and large corporate accounts. He can be contacted via the companyâ€™s ...
- SGIA Recognizes Sustainable Businesses11 May 2017, 5:00 am
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Fairfax, Va., recently presented its Sustainable Business Recognition honor to 22 member companies that have created and adopted sustainable business practices.
The award spotlights member companies that have implemented projects that improved employee safety and health, reduced environmental impact and Improved business efficiency.
â€œSustainability is about more than the environment,â€� says Marci Kinter, vice president of government and b...
- Imprintables Warehouse Offers Heat-Transfer Color Guide11 May 2017, 5:00 am
Imprintables Warehouse, Carmichaels, Pa., has released its Heat Transfer Color Guide, which helps decorators see and select the best heat-transfer material color for a job.
The six-page pamphlet contains actual samples of all the cut-only, heat-transfer vinyl products in all the colors the company offers, enabling decorators to see and share shade and texture options.
Customers can be shown the entire range of colors available in materials such as Spectra Eco-Film and Siser EasyWeed, as well as ...
- InkSoft Unveils New Online Stores Platform Version10 May 2017, 5:00 am
InkSoft, Albuquerque, N.M., recently released a new version of its Online Stores platform to help decorators build e-commerce websites for clients.
The program allows decorators to increase sales by building online stores for sports teams, corporate clients, fundraisers and more in minutes, according to the company. The new version of Online Stores includes the ability to edit a design with a few clicks using the visual editor, and it has a mobile-friendly checkout.
Decorators also will benefit ...
- Augusta Sportswear Group Offers Free-Freight Program10 May 2017, 5:00 am
Augusta Sportswear Group (ASG), Augusta, Ga., recently launched a free-freight program that offers free freight on orders more than $200, as well as other benefits.
Under the new program, called the â€œFair and Simple Program,â€� any customer ordering more than $200 from ASG will receive free freight on that order. Orders less than $100 will have a flat-rate charge of only $10 and orders between $100 and $200 will have a $15 flat-rate charge.
Other benefits of the Fair and Simple progra...
- Ricoh Unveils New DTG Printers9 May 2017, 5:00 am
Ricoh USA Inc., Malvern, Pa., in conjunction with its subsidiary, AnaJet Inc., Tustin, Calif., recently released the RICOH Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printers, touted as delivering fast print speeds, industrial-grade reliability and showroom-quality prints, according to the companies.
â€œAs AnaJet, we led the industry in establishing the trend of direct to garment printing.â€� says Karl Tipre, CEO, AnaJet Inc.. â€œIn January 2016, AnaJet became a Ricoh company and w...
- Stahlsâ€™ Offers Starting a T-Shirt Business E-Book9 May 2017, 5:00 am
A new free e-book from Stahlsâ€™, Sterling Heights, Mich., shows how to start a T-shirt business.
The publication, titled â€œThe Ultimate Guide to Starting a T-Shirt Business,â€� provides practical advice on topics from choosing the right name to sourcing blank garments and developing a profitable pricing strategy. It even looks ahead to indicators that tell you when itâ€™s time to grow.
The 14-page crash course on building a T-shirt business includes checklists, resources and...
- Lawson Now Offers Epson Dye-Sub Printers5 May 2017, 5:00 am
Lawson Screen & Digital Products Inc., St. Louis, is now an authorized dealer of Epsonâ€™s F-Series dye-sublimation printers.
Lawson will offer the complete line of dye-sub printing equipment and supplies, including all three Epson F-Series printers, and UltraChrome dye-sub inks and dye-sub transfer papers.
â€œBy offering dye-sublimation options to Lawson customers, we can better serve the imaging community by helping people print better, work smarter and learn more,â€� says Ta...
- Trimark Adds to Southwest Sales Team5 May 2017, 5:00 am
Trimark, the apparel division of Polyconcept North America (PCNA), Pittsburgh, has hired Andy Stilts as its field sales manager for customers in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and north Texas.
Having worked in the industry since 2013, Stilts brings a combination of product knowledge, trend expertise and responsive service, according to the company. Before joining PCNA, he was regional sales manager with The Magnet Group. Prior to that, he was a business-development manager with Case-Mate.