August '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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92 || P R I N T W E A R A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 Business Watch Monarch Joins Printing Industry Association of the South CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Monarch Color Corporation joins the Print- ing Industry Association of the South (PIAS). The Nashville-based organization is a non-profit trade association that focuses on expand- ing and assisting printing businesses in the Southeast U.S. and boasts approximately 400 rostered mem- bers. "Being a member of PIAS will play an important role in develop- ing the strategies and solutions necessary to meet the needs of the commercial printing industry throughout the southern states," states Aaron Blank, vice president of sales and marketing at Monarch Color Corporation. "It is important for Monarch to stay informed on the challenges and opportunities our customers are facing on a local and regional level." In addition to Blank, Monarch is represented in the PIAS by Larry Moore, technical sales manager of Monarch's Nashville branch, and Brad Daniels, branch manager of the company's Memphis branch office. In the short-term, Blank says Monarch hopes to get acquainted with fellow PIAS members, and "discover any opportunities and challenges they may be currently facing, and to ensure that our prod- ucts are in-line with this region's current and future needs." INDUSTRY UPDATES LOS ANGELES— BELLA+CANVAS launches a new YouTube series that fo- cuses on key apparel decorating topics such as screen printing, direct-to-garment, and artwork advice. Videos in the series feature collaborations between the ap- parel company and apparel decoration shops to offer viewers information from the perspective of shop owners. The series also features behind-the-scenes looks at the company and its manufacturing operations. The videos can be viewed at FINDLAY, Ohio— Rowmark adds a new supplier to the Points Plus Rewards program. Customers of SEPS Graphics, a wholesale sublimation distributor, are now able to earn points on their purchases. Existing members will earn more points when they shop the expanded network of program partners. Members can redeem points for travel rewards, hotel points, and gift cards among other options. Full information on the program is available at NAGANO, Japan—Mimaki Europe B.V. announces the formation of a joint venture company with Italian firm BOMPAN. The company is an exclusive part- ner of Mimaki Europe for print/cut equipment sales and maintenance services. Mimaki says it will maintain the majority of the capital structure and directors for the joint company, and lead development of the new venture. MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo.—Coastal Business Supplies announces the opening of its new warehouse, located at 5600 Anglum Court, Suite B in Hazel- wood, Missouri. The larger facility is equipped with newer technology, allowing the company to process orders quicker and with more accuracy to accommodate growing customer demand. The company previously utilized an attached ware- house at its Maryland Heights, Missouri headquarters. The new warehouse stores and processes all products for delivery and pickup, and houses a few new offices. BOLINGBROOK, Ill.—S&S Activewear expands its distribution network with a new facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The 493,000 square-foot building brings the company's nationwide operating space to more than 2.2 million sq. ft. The Texas distribution center is slated to open during the fourth quarter of 2017 and add 300 new jobs in the state. The new facility widens the organization's one-day shipping coverage to greater Texas, and increases one-day shipping to Oklahoma, Northern Louisiana, and select cities in Arkansas, including Little Rock. continued from page 10

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