May '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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80 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 8 PRINTWEAR SHOP SNAPSHOT B Y M I C H A E L C L A R K Above: The company helps navigate the complicated chain of suppliers and apparel decorators for its customers. Left: The multiple printing stations at the facility are capable of prints with as many as six colors. G rowth is something Rick Provence has been familiar with since he started his company, Ohio Screen. After sell- ing his sign-printing shop in 2013, Provence and his wife Mandy decided to put their knowledge of printing and graphics towards the screen-printing trade. Started as primarily an online-driven busi- ness, Ohio Screen helps shops navigate the often-complicated supply chain involved with printing T-shirts through a fulfillment, repack- ing, and drop-ship model. Provence also notes the businesses' emphasis on helping clients produce "shelf-ready" apparel through services like custom garment labels. Production lines at the company operate on a flowchart-like layout, featuring screen-print- ing presses and folding stations to fill orders. The efficiency concept has been a longstand- ing part of their business design, even as the company has seen an influx of new clients. In recent months, that influx also meant physi- cally expanding. Provence estimates that since volume has contin- ued to pick up, Ohio Screen has quadrupled in space. "We literally went from a single unit to three-quarters of a building," he explains. Continuing with fulfillment, screen printing, and adding embroidery, the bustling company moved into a larger facility to accommodate ma- chines and inventory. With five production lines currently in operation, the Provences now run a 10,000 sq. ft. operation with a staff of roughly 12 employees. While the previous iteration of the company's lines offered four-color stations for screen printing, Provence says the current layout can offer clients six-color prints. On the fulfillment side, Ohio Screen pro- vides its clients with everything from re-boxing finished goods to folding and bagging for cus- tomers. And while offering so many different services under one roof might seem daunting, Provence says it's part of what keeps him mo- tivated to keep building and learning. "I have a passion for seeing business expand," he notes. By taking bigger chances, Provence elaborates, there's always a broader opportunity to grow. That, plus providing people in the greater Tallmadge area with full-time jobs, Provence says, are influencers he sees growing the business in the coming years beyond its current walls. For more information, visit Ohio Screen AT A GLANCE COMPANY NAME: Ohio Screen LOCATION: Tallmadge, Ohio OWNER: Rick and Mandy Provence SQUARE FOOTAGE: 10,000 sq. ft. PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT: • Two Workhorse Sabre 6-color/ 8-station automatic presses • Two Riley Hopkins 300 4-color / 4-station manual presses • One Brown 4-color / 4-station manual press • One Custom Hix Dryer • Two Brown Manufacturing Dryers • Nine Heat presses, various sizes • Multiple tagging, labeling, and folding stations Ohio Screen runs both manual and automatic screen-printing presses. (All images courtesy Ohio Screen)

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