March '17

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10 || P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 7 Business Watch CustomInk Lands Expanded Credit Relationship FAIRFAX, Va.—CustomInk lands an expanded credit and banking relationship with ORIX Growth Capital and Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western. The agreement allots Cus- tomInk with financial flexibility and provides the company the opportunity to "take advantage of future business opportunities," ORIX states. "CustomInk works with our customers to help them build a stronger sense of community, so community is central to everything we do," says Kevin Cheetham, chief financial officer for CustomInk. "We're pleased to be part of such a strong financial com- munity with ORIX and Square 1." The relationship between ORIX and CustomInk dates back to 2014, and ORIX co-head Jeff Bede states that the organization is "very pleased that Square 1 has joined us to support the company's growth." Majestic Athletic Earns SGP Partnership Certification TAMPA, Fla.—Majestic Athletic earns certification from the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership. The partnership promotes environmental responsibility and corporate so- cial responsibility within the graphics communication industry. Majestic marks the first major apparel company to earn the distinction. "The impacts of printing are sometimes overlooked in the apparel industry," says Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Majestic. "But, athletic brands of this size do tremendous amounts of printing that require safe and responsible management of chemicals, water, energy, and other resources. We're proud to have Majestic's printing practices verified." SGP rates companies for certification based on criteria including energy audits, emissions reductions, management and reporting practices, and the establishment of a sustainability com- mittee. As part of forward-moving measures, Majestic plans to reduce volatile organic com- pound usage from 78 tons per year to zero by using an alternative screen-cleaning compound. The company also pledges to benchmark energy, waste, and water usage. INDUSTRY UPDATES MANDEVILLE, La.—Great Dane Graphics offers a series of training videos on the company's website. The videos cover numerous art preparation topics, including how to create artwork for digital printing, screen printing, and vinyl cutting. The videos also offer tips on how to search for and download artwork from the website. Great Dane says it plans to update the video series regularly and invites users to submit suggestions for upcoming video topics. Videos can be viewed at ADDISON, Texas—SAGE releases an updated mobile platform, SAGE Mobile 6.0. Available as an app for Android and iOS devices, the updated platform features new tools such as trade show planning resources, the ability to create virtual samples for clients, and a shipping cost estimator. The newly released app also allows users to create, edit, manage, and share client presentations. The mobile application is available at SanMar (Issaquah, Wash.) names Jennifer Larson as vice president of human resources. In this position, Larson is responsible for leading employee engagement and retention through hiring and training employees. Larson comes to the role with a back- ground in human re- sources and personnel management. Prior to her appointment, Larson served for 15 years as director of human resources and global sup- port for the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle. During her time with the center, Larson helped expand the company's disease research program in Africa. Larson joins SanMar with apparel industry experience, including more than 12 years of serving in the human resourc- es department at Eddie Bauer. Magna Colours (Barnsley, England) appoints Helen Parry to managing director. Parry's appointment comes as existing managing director Tom Abbey transitions to the role of executive chairman. Parry comes to the position with 15 years of experience in leadership roles. Prior to joining Magna Colours, Par- ry served for three years as managing director at Sawgrass Ink Technologies Europe. In addition to her career at Sawgrass, Parry earned the Queen's Award for Innovation during her eight years with Vivimed (formerly James Robinson Limited) where she helped expand the company's range of specialty dyes. PRINTWEAR PEOPLE continued from page 8 Larson Parry

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