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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…

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…

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…

IK Interview: Joe Sudrovic of Gorilla Joe Printing

This week we interviewed Joe Sudrovic, owner of Gorilla Joe Printing in Youngstown, OH. IK: How long have you been involved with printing and/or garments and how long since you have been “in” the industry? JS: Since high school. I’ve been “in” the industry, printing semi ok garments at first, since 2011. IK: How did you…

Executive Dialogue: Danny Sweem of M&R

In this edition of Executive Dialogue we talked about COVID-19 and the industry with Danny Sweem, CEO of M&R… Rick: I remember being shocked when you announced at the end of February that M & R had decided to pull out of the FESPA trade show. I thought you were being overly cautious, and I…

How to Print Bandanas

  No doubt that printing loads of bandanas will be part of our “new normal”.  Here are some tips for success… 1) Iron or Steam Buy a commercial iron and/or steamer and treat every piece prior to printing to flatten wrinkles in the fabric.  It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not as…

Live Graphic-Apparel Design Webinars on April 22, 24 and 29

Don’t miss the upcoming PolyOne Specialty Ink webinar series “Understanding Graphic-Apparel Design,” featuring Ink Kitchen’s own Tom Davenport, KC Hruby and Ink Kitchen BFF LT Magnotto of JakPrints and Seps.ink  Learn more about the craft and science of graphic-apparel design, from concept to final product, from some of the best in the business.  The webinars will be…

Press On – Episode 4: Getting Through This Together

In Press On – Episode 4, we continue to bring together some of the brightest and best people in this industry to talk through some of the challenges and successes and to share ideas as a community. Because Together IS Better. We’re looking at how to use your shop to serve your community, the fast-paced…

Press On Episode 2: Slowing Down, Moving Forward

This week in Episode 2 of Press On, we talked to printers all over the country to find out how shops are dealing with shut downs, slow downs and employee furloughs. They shared their frustrations and their advice. Financial relief in the form of SBA loans and grants was another major topic of the past…

Press On Video Series Episode 1 Addendum: Night Owls

Last week we launched the Press On video series with the help of 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 1, Eric and Val Solomon, of Night Owls, share their experience. #LETSPRESSON…

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