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May '18

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10 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 Business Watch Delta Apparel Subsidiary Acquires Direct- to-Garment Business GREENVILLE, S.C.—Delta Apparel announces that its subsidiary Art Gun has acquired DTG2Go, a provider of direct-to-garment printed prod- ucts. The company also operates a fulfillment center that distributes prod- ucts to major brands. With the acquisition, the business operates in multiple loca- tions including Florida and Nevada. The company also desig- nates production at its Fayetteville, North Carolina facility to accommodate customers in the Northeast market. The acqui- sition roughly doubles Art Gun's existing revenue and capac- ity and expands its product offerings. In addition to multi-site operations, Delta plans to change the name of Art Gun to DTG2Go and market the consolidated business under the DTG2Go brand name. "Art Gun's acquisition of the DTG2Go business is another example of our continued focus on areas of our business where we expect high growth opportunities," states Robert W. Humphreys, CEO of Delta Apparel. "We see the digital print model revolutionizing the way traditional retailers, e- retailers, and the ad-specialty industry conduct business." The purchase price of the company includes $16.35 million in cash and additional payments contingent on performance targets. Delta expects the ac- quisition to increase revenue by approximately $7 million for fiscal year 2018. Fruit of the Loom Joins Cotton LEADS Program BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Fruit of the Loom joins the Cotton LEADS program, an initiative focused on sustainability, transparent supply chains, and best practices. The joint program, initiated in the United States and Australia includes manufacturers, brands, and retailers in the cotton industry. "Doing the right thing should have no competitive boundaries," states Tony Pelaski, executive vice presi- dent and chief operating officer at Fruit of the Loom in a video interview, adding that the LEADS program aligns with the company's core values and employees. "It's important for us to be efficient in our energy consumption, the mate- rials that we utilize, but stewardship is how we manage those resources," says Adam Wade, senior director of environmental, health, and safety at Fruit of the Loom. As part of the program, Fruit of the Loom joins other large-scale manu- facturers pursuing more ecologically sound and sustainable manners of knit- ting, dyeing, and finishing goods. INDUSTRY UPDATES VANCOUVER, Wash.—Ryonet releases a free e-book on screen printing with water- based inks. Entitled "A Beginner's Guide to Water Based Screen Printing," the 37-page guide walks readers through water-based screen printing beginning with artwork preparation through ink selection, screen mesh, and fabric selection. To download the e-book, visit blog.screenprinting.com/ beginners-guide-to-water-based-screen- printing-free-ebook. BARNSLEY, England—MagnaColours announces a new initiative entitled "Make the Switch," aimed at screen printers. The program is designed to help shops transition from plastisol to water-based inks with a 10-step process that features an equipment audit, an invitation to the company's head- quarters, and testing. Program information is available at www.magnacolours.com. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Hanes releas- es the third issue of its Apparel Tip Sheet for the Spring 2018 season. Each Apparel Tip Sheet focuses on different topics and is ac- companied by multimedia content such as photos and videos. The latest release offers insights on subjects like building strong de- sign collaborations, how big data drives ba- sic apparel, and the changing size of North America's population. More information is available at www.appareltipsheet.com. News continued on page 77

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