May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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8 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 Business Watch Texsource Screen Printing Supply Un- veils New Classroom KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Texsource Screen Printing Sup- ply unveils a newly-designed space at its North Carolina location. The new room replaces the company's previous classroom which it has outgrown over the past year. The 5,000-square-foot facility features a full mez- zanine lounge, which overlooks the reclaim and exposure area. The updated lounge also overlooks the company's classroom/show- room area, which features an array of screen-printing equipment. Outfitted with projectors, flat-screen televisions, and a sound sys- tem, the layout is designed to offer interactive, interruption-free classes on the screen-printing process. The company says it plans to showcase the new classroom at its annual open house Sept. 28–29. NNEP Gears Up for 2018 Conferences Co-Located with THE NBM SHOW KENT, Ohio—The National Network of Embroidery Profession- als (NNEP) releases its preliminary class lineup for the Cleveland stop of the Embroidery & Digitizing Conference. The Cleveland stop takes place June 14 and 16 and is co- located with THE NBM SHOW. "We are excited to present this Embroi- dery & Digitizing Conference in conjunc- tion with NBM," says Jennifer Cox, presi- dent of NNEP. "We know from our daily interactions with em- broidery business owners that they want to continue to build their businesses." In addition to Cleveland, the conference co-locates with THE NBM SHOW in Indianapolis on Sept. 13 and 15. The con- ferences give shops an opportunity to explore new decoration methods and learn new business and marketing approaches such as digital marketing. In addition to marketing and decoration- oriented classes, Cox notes that digitizing is also on the agenda. "For the digitizing side of the conference, the sessions will focus on skills more than software," states Cox. "You'll learn how to master digitizing split front appliqués, for example, no matter what software you use." For more information on the Embroidery & Digitizing Confer- ences, email Jennifer Cox at A&E Collaborates with Applied DNA Sciences on Anti-Counterfeiting Thread MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.—American & Efird (A&E) announces a collaborative agreement with Applied DNA Sciences to develop sewing thread that uses anti-counterfeiting technology. The project uses Applied DNA's proprietary CertainT platform which identifies, tags, tests, and tracks products to verify sustainability and quality. "The CertainT program is an innovative solution for brands and retailers in their supply chain," says Les Miller, CEO of A&E. "A&E and Applied DNA Sciences together are creating new security applications for sewing thread benefit- ting from revolutionary SigNatureT DNA and Beacon technol- ogy." Miller adds that the technology helps protect a large swath of products from consumer brands to industrial applications "where integrity of components is mission critical." "Many products, from running shoes to performance athleisure wear to luxury brands can benefit from a secure sewing thread," states Dr. James Hayward, CEO of Applied DNA. "A&E's exten- sive portfolio of products combined with the CertainT platform provide a powerful opportunity to provide a trusted solution for customers who need a true anti-counterfeiting brand protection solution." TDI Acquires Dynamic Team Sports VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.—TDI, parent company of MSP De- sign Group, announces the acquisition of Dynamic Team Sports, a provider of sublimated apparel that serves niches such as the team sports market, fan wear, private leagues, and clubs. With the acquisition, TDI says it will provide "a greater product offering" for its customers. "I have been a customer and reseller of the Dynamic product for years," says Dan Clarkson, President of TDI. "The TDI com- panies, now joined with Dynamic Team Sports, will bring greater choices to our customers and additional product depth to our brands." Dynamic Team Sports continues operations under its existing name and maintains its office in Exton, Pennsylvania, as well as a production facility in Toronto.

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