July '18

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10 || P R I N T W E A R J U LY 2 0 1 8 Business Watch Unifi Lands Recycling Deal with Wyndham Championship GREENSBORO, N.C.—Unifi lands a partnership with the Wyndham Championship. The deal designates Unifi as the official recycling part- ner for the annual professional golf tournament. Through the agreement, Unifi aims to amass raw materials for REPREVE, its proprietary performance fiber made from recy- cled goods, including plastic bottles. The organiza- tions expect to recycle "tens of thousands" of bot- tles at the annual event by positioning REPREVE recycling receptacles around the golf course. "We are proud to partner with the Wyndham Championship to help continue keeping plastic bottles out of the landfill and help to further con- serve natural resources in the making of REPREVE recycled fibers," says Kevin Hall, CEO of Unifi. "What if every one of the 80,000–100,000 people who typically attend the Wyndham Championship recycled their water bottle instead of throwing it away? The positive impact that would have on our local environment would be terrific." In addition to strategically-placed recycling bins, Unifi says it plans to of- fer its REPREVE Mobile Tour at the game. The interactive experience edu- cates patrons on how the company chooses bottles for the fiber, showcases apparel made with the material, and explains how the manufacturing pro- cess works. The 2018 Wyndham Championship takes place Aug. 13–19 at Sedgefield Country Club, just up the road from Unifi's U.S. headquarters. HALO Completes New Headquarters STERLING, Ill.—HALO Branded Solutions announces the comple- tion of its new headquarters. The new office houses HALO's 300-per- son headquarters team and boasts space for an additional 200 employees. Currently standing at more than 157,000 square feet, HALO says the facility sits on a 20-acre lot that will eventually house a 280,000-square-foot building. The new building also moves the organi- zation's offsite warehouses for corporate and recog- nition programs into the new location. "This building was designed both for our valued employees of today, and for the employees we will be drawing to HALO for years to come," states Marc Simon, CEO of HALO. "We have (a) collaborative meeting space, a wellness room, additional training space, and the latest technology throughout the building to allow our support team to do the best job pos- sible for our highly valued account executives and clients." The company says it plans to host a series of open house events in the coming months for employee families, local business leaders, and sales and support staff from other offices around the country. PRINTWEAR PEOPLE The M&R Companies (Roselle, Ill.) names industry veteran Danny Sweem as the company's next CEO. Sweem comes to the position with extensive experience in the screen- printing industry, most recently with Nazdar SourceOne. During his time with the company, Sweem served as vice president of the company's textile inks business unit. Prior to his time at Nazdar SourceOne, Sweem served in multiple positions at Rutland Plastics Technologies including vice president. "It's exciting to be joining the M&R team," states Sweem. "Rich and Elizabeth Hoffman have built an amazing company and I'm honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated, and talented people. This is a terrific opportunity that any leader would be pleased to accept." Sweem takes over the role of CEO from M&R founder Rich Hoffman. "Having held several stra- tegic positions within the screen printing industry, I am positive that Danny's vast knowledge and proven growth strategies will be a tremendous asset to M&R's future growth," adds Hoffman. RTP Apparel and Image Armor (New Philadelphia, Ohio) name Deana Leelachat as West coast opera- tions manager. As operations man- ager, Leelachat works to promote the company's brand lines of pretreat- ments, inks, and ready-to-print ap- parel for direct-to-garment printing. Her role also en- tails maintaining a presence for the brands at industry events and trade shows. "(Leelachat) will be working closely with our current distributors and customers to help make them aware of new innovations, educating customers and distribu- tors on our current and forthcoming products, as well as helping manage and market for both Image Armor and RTP Apparel," adds the company. Joining the organization with more than 12 years of experience in the direct-to-garment market, Leelachat is based out of southern California. People continued on page 77 Sweem Leelachat

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