December '16

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BUSINESS WATCH 10 || P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 6 RhinoTech Celebrates 20th Anniversary ST. PAUL, Minn.—RhinoTech Inc. celebrates 20 years of growth serving the graphics-printing industries. The company marked the official anniver- sary on Sept. 20. Founded in 1996 by Gregory Markus, president, and Todd Mi- chaels, vice president, RhinoTech be- gan primarily offering screen-print- ing frame adhesives. "We were able to establish a dealer distribution network with these groups of products," says Markus. "They were the founda- tion of our expansion." The company now operates out of two locations: a corporate office in Sarasota, Fla. and a manufacturing and distribution facility in St. Paul, Minn. The company has also diversified product offerings in multiple markets and grown its international presence, with distribu- tion in Asia and South America. Markus credits much of the company's success to flexibility. "We opted early on to keep our employee base lean and to work with specialty companies to products designed and formulated by RhinoTech," Markus adds. "This has made us more flexible so that we can easily adapt to the changing industry and marketplace." Vapor Apparel Named as a Top-Growing Firm in South Carolina NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—Vapor Apparel earns the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing South Carolina businesses in 2016. SCBiz News, a regional Charleston business magazine, and the Capital Corporation, a middle-market investment banking firm, name Vapor as a top-performing company in the state. The SCBiz list features 40 businesses, including 20 small and 20 larger companies. This year marks the third time the company has garnered a finalist spot on two top lists for business growth in South Carolina. "We hit a new level of revenue, employment, and growth when we brought our Union, S.C. facility online in 2015," says Jackson Burnett, president and co-founder of Vapor Ap- parel. "That combined with a new focus on print on-demand solutions has us working with some of the largest outdoor and fishing brands in the country." Since opening 12 years ago, the company has added new services, apparel choices, and marketplaces which have contributed to its growth. Chris Bernat, chief revenue officer at Vapor Apparel, points out that the cut-and-sew divi- sion of the company has also grown significantly in recent years. Gildan Joins Cotton LEADS Program MONTREAL—Gildan joins the Cotton LEADS program. The program focuses on pro- moting responsible cotton production through the use of best practices, sustainability initiatives, and transparency in supply chains. "Gildan is well-known for its commitments to quality apparel and responsible manu- facturing," says Mark Messura, senior vice president of supply chain marketing at Cotton Incorporated. "As such, they have firsthand knowledge of the environmental gains that cotton growers, represented by the Cotton LEADS program, continue to achieve." The company joins the pro- gram with an already signifi- cant involvement in the cotton industry, including a $400 million investment in yarn- spinning facilities in Georgia and North Carolina. Gildan employs more than 2,600 full-time U.S. employees and is currently one of the largest domestic consumers of U.S. cotton, according to company literature.

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