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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.…

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…

Press On Episode 2 Addendum: Lauren Roberts of Printed Threads

The Press On video series is a collaboration between the Ink Kitchen and our friends at Bella+Canvas, Ryonet, and Impressions.  This series aims to capture some of what everybody in our community is feeling during this unprecedented time. In this addendum to Episode 2, Lauren Roberts, of Printed Threads, shares her experience.

Apparel Industry Mobilizes to Help in Time of Crisis

As the nation’s hospitals face shortages of personal protection equipment due to the coronavirus, garment manufacturers are stepping up to help resolve the shortage of face masks for hospital personnel. At the request of the federal government, Hanes has recently started to switch over from the manufacture of apparel to the production of cotton masks.…

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…

Corona Virus Covid-19 and Our Industry

We sent out inquiries about Corona Virus Covid-19 to the best and brightest in our industry, and most of the CEO’s in the decoration and garment and promotional products industry responded. In all we made inquiries to the management of almost 100 of the top companies. The best response was also the shortest response. One…

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Forces Cancellation of FESPA Global Print Expo 2020

This Just in, FESPA 2020 EVENTS POSTPONED The negative repercussions of Corona Virus (Covid-19) on our industry are mounting.  FESPA dropped the following press release this morning: In light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe, and in close dialogue with its national Associations and exhibitors, FESPA has today taken the decision…

ThreadX 2020: Scottsdale, AZ

ThreadX 2020: Inspiring, Visionary, and Learning a Few Things The 2020 THREADX conference was the third annual. This year was sold out and it was an amazing opportunity to hear not only the best and brightest folks in our garment industry, but also have incredible folks from outside the industry. Everyone I spoke with had…

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