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Gildan 1st Quarter

You can see the state of Gildan in their most recent press release here.  You also can listen a recording of their most recent investor’s call and see the powerpoint of the presentation here.  It gives a picture, not so pretty,  of their empire at the moment. Like most of us, they have taken extreme…

PolyOne Rumored to be Closing Pineville, NC Facility

We have not seen the official statement yet from PolyOne, but the Rutland ink facility in Pineville, NC is apparently closing. This may have been accelerated by the current pandemic and economic recession, but has been rumored since PolyOne acquired Rutland in June 2017, three years ago. There is considerable overlap between the PolyOne previously…

A Leader Doing What You Hope They Might Do: Lead! A Conversation with Jeremy Lott of SanMar

The Ink Kitchen caught up with Jeremy Lott the President of SanMar: With the industry and SanMar no doubt in a crisis mode during this health and economic catastrophe, I’m sure you are more than a busy guy. Thanks for taking a few minutes for Ink Kitchen readers. Rick:  At what point did you realize…

#LetsPressOn

Please check out this video (series) that the Ink Kitchen worked on with Bella+Canvas and Ryonet and Impressions and some decorators around the country.  We hope this captures some of what everybody is feeling, and we hope that others will share their feelings and their helpful thoughts and information as the series goes on. Despite…

Communication Breakdown: Staying in Touch When You Can’t Touch Anybody or Even Come Near Them

Probably our posts hourly should consist of only instructions to maintain social distancing, telling you not to even think of going near anyone if you feel sick, and to wash your hands. These are frightening times and every topic that is not about the pandemic seems frivolous in the face of the life and death…

Brilliant Scientific Minds on the Pandemic

In the field of public health you aren’t going to get anyone smarter AND more experienced than Larry Brilliant or Paul Farmer or David Ho. Larry’s work on eliminating smallpox from the world, Paul’s well-documented work on bringing health care to impoverished areas of the world, and David’s work on HIV are great achievements. There…

Where to File for Unemployment all over the USA

Here are the links to get information on unemployment insurance and how to file. The reality is that unfortunately many of you or your employees may need this for a week, a month.. who knows. Most sites will tell you what info and/documents to have before filling out the form. Many states indicate the changes…

What To Do in Your Shop about Covid-19 (Corona Virus)

Hey, for those of you only reading the first sentence, wash your hands more! The coronavirus is real. It is still spreading in Europe and the USA and much of the world. You don’t need to panic, but there are some easy steps and some perhaps difficult steps we should be taking in our shops.…

Impressions Atlantic City Postponed until October 8th

The Atlantic City Impressions show will move to October 8th due to the obvious need to contain the coronavirus Covid 19 which tends to spread in crowds and in situations of close social interaction and follows recommendations by the State of NJ and the World Health Organization. Statement by the expo management follows or follow…

Discharge Ink: A Solution for Two Ply Fabric

Discharge is an ugly sounding process. Of course most discharge inks are kind of an ugly business. However, that is another story. The basics of discharge are that instead of covering up the darkness of a shirt with a couple of coats of ink, the discharge ink “neutralizes” the dye in the shirt. It isn’…

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