September '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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10 || P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 Business Watch Virus Inks and GSG Form Distribution Partnership MIAMI—Virus Inks announces a distribution partnership with GSG. Originally founded in Italy, Virus says it plans to distribute its products through GSG's head- quarters in Dallas, as well as its branches in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Cincinnati; Houston; Oklahoma City; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The distribution agreement is the newest expansion for Virus in the U.S. In early 2016, the company announced the opening of its U.S. branch office in Miami, with an accompanying warehouse in New York. For GSG, the partnership comes as the organization continues to take on new prod- uct lines. In June of 2016, the company acquired Cincinnati Sign Supplies, a major supplier to sign industry professionals in the Midwest and Southeast. American & Efird Joins Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.—American & Efird (A&E) joins the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme. The embroidery thread and technical textiles manufacturer joins more than 20 other brands in the effort to enact respon- sible chemical management. "Being a part of the ZDHC Programme provides us the opportunity to share our knowledge and insights, partner and collaborate on issues with others in our industry, and improve our knowledge on sustainability, environmental, and chemical management issues," states Jimmy Summers, vice president of the environmental, health, and safety/sus- tainability division at A&E. The ZDHC Programme drives efforts to reduce the dis- charge of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of products such as textile, leather, and footwear. The foundation rates contributing companies on four main criteria: Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) guidance, wastewater quality, audit protocol, and research. INDUSTRY UPDATES TEWKSBURY, Mass.—Top Dog Films unveils a redesigned website. The updated site offers visitors enhanced navigation, as well as easy-to-find heat transfers, split up into various categories includ- ing glitter, opaque, and reflective transfers. The website also features a blog that updates visitors on the company's newest product offer- ings, such as print-cut equipment. The website can be viewed at TAMPA, Fla.—Colman and Company unveils a new, updated website for apparel decorators. The site offers supplies and ac- cessories for various decoration methods including embroidery and direct-to-garment printing. The website offers multiple im- provements including shopper profile customization, a secure checkout process, and a section for user product reviews. To see the website, visit https://colma- KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C.— Texsource Screen Printing Supply reveals a new, mobile-optimized site. The site still offers key fea- tures like same-day shipping, mul- tiple shipping locations around the U.S., and free shipping for orders more than $150. New fea- tures include mobile optimization, simplified navigation, and faster load times. Find more informa- tion by visiting https://www. News continued on page 77

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