February '18

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10 || P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 Business Watch PRINTWEAR PEOPLE Alternative Apparel (Atlanta) announces Emma Williams as the compa- ny's new account executive. Williams focuses on the company's customer base in the Northeast. "We're extremely excited to have Emma on our team and look forward to great success for her and our customers," says LeAnn Rankin, director of strategic accounts. In her role as account executive, Williams works with the sales team to serve Alternative Apparel clients in New York and New Jersey. She joins the company with a background in technical design and screen-printing sales. Penn Emblem (Philadelphia) welcomes Tyler Joseph to the company's family leadership ranks. Joseph marks the fourth generation of the Joseph family at the company. He comes to the team with prior intern experi- ence at Penn Emblem and a background in global media, advertising, and communication fields. Prior to his new position at Penn Emblem, Joseph served at multiple media agencies including Mediavest and The Omnicon. "I am committed to the challenge of a changing industry and look forward to working together as a member of the Penn Emblem Company team," states Joseph. "In my world, speed of delivery and commitment to serving the customer is crucial to the success of our business." Joseph adds that he sees the importance of robotics, automation, and sustainability as a way forward for the organization. Brenden Prazner, marketing manager at DecoNetwork (Atlanta), an- nounces his departure from the company. Prazner holds nine years of service with the apparel decoration e-commerce and business solutions designer. "DecoNetwork has been a very rewarding challenge," states Prazner. "Taking a small product of a few clients to a global product with thou- sands of subscribers has been an experience I will treasure." Prazner began his career with the organization in 2008 when the program was a Wil- com product. In 2012, he moved from Wilcom to DecoNetwork when it established itself as an independent company. With his departure, Prazner shifts back to Wilcom as senior product manager. INDUSTRY UPDATES IRVING, Texas—OKI Data Americas names Johnson Plastics Plus as its preferred partner for the company's print-for-pay franchise market in North America. The partnership combines the company's equipment with Johnson Plastics' line of heat-transfer products. Johnson Plastics Plus provides North American franchises with service, support, and training. More information on the program is available at Fruit of the Loom Earns Corporate Social Responsibility Award from FUNDAHRSE BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Fruit of the Loom receives the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Seal from Fundación Hondureña de Re- sponsabilidad Social Empre- sarial (FUN- DAHRSE). The annual award marks the ninth consecutive time the company has earned this distinc- tion. Based in Honduras, FUN- DAHRSE annually awards the CSR seal to recognized companies for their efforts in community rela- tions and business practices related to operations and labor. Fruit of the Loom notes these attributes are "an integral part" of the company's business strategy in the Central American country. "We are proud to be recognized as a FUNDAHRSE CSR seal recipi- ent," says Melissa Burgess Taylor, CEO of Fruit of the Loom. "Cor- porate social responsibility is a key focus of our company and to be awarded for these efforts shows we are on track to continue significant, responsible, and sustainable growth in Honduras." The company's contributions to the local community include programs such as health fairs for more than 50,000 employees and families, education services for local children, and an annual walkathon that benefits the area's public hospi- tal, Mario Catarino Rivas. Fruit of the Loom also participates in refor- estation programs in the region. Williams Joseph Prazner

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