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R.I.P. Chris Caldwell

Our friend and colleague Chris Caldwell passed away at age 55 on August 22nd after a long illness. He will be missed. His big smile will endure. Chris has worked at Gildan for a few years after a long career at Fruit of the Loom. Look for a longer obituary in a couple of weeks.…

Ways to Decorate Face Coverings

In our on-going series on masks, i.e. face coverings, we cover decoration. The varieties of ways to decorate masks and other face coverings, some of which then have different methods associated with them. transfers of a variety of types sublimation (also a form of transfer) embroidery pad print direct screenprint (with a variety of inks)…

Review of Action Engineering Mask Platen

We just tested out the Action Engineering mask hold-downs for printing masks. They have worked great for us, even on what I thought would be difficult masks, some triple ply pleated masks. We do NOT want glue on the inside of the mask, so even printing single ply masks we did not want to secure…

Face Covers, i.e. Masks are Here to Stay

We avoided mask printing at first. It seemed: to be taking advantage of a bad situation, too mercenary with people dying they medically don’t protect you that well you have to explain it covers your face and stops y0u from coughing out but not as well for breathing virus in some were really expensive some…

Varieties of Face Coverings. Part 1 of a Series

A mask is a mask is a mask, right? No. It seems like we have endless combinations of masks and face coverings. Besides the protective N95 masks, there are many other options for face coverings. Most responsible sources of information recommend wearing a face mask in public, and it seems to be part of the…

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…

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