October '14

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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Business Watch OctOber 2014 10 | Printwear O ctO b e r 20 1 4 Industry updates SHARON, Mass.—Charles River Apparel receives the Adven- tures in Advertising Corporation 2014 Moving On Up Award for the gold-level apparel category. This award recognizes AIA's fastest-growing, most-valued partner suppliers that moved up a level from the previous year as represented by their percentage of business growth. DALLAS—GSG hosts an open house at its Dallas facili- ty Friday, Nov. 7. The event will feature a vendor showcase, equipment demos, free T-shirts, and giveaways. Participants are invited to stop by between 10 a.m.–2 p.m. for a tour of the facilities and free lunch. The Dallas facility is located at 4601 Spring Valley Rd., Dallas, Texas 75244. Please RSVP by email- ing TAMPA, Fla.—ColDesi Inc. launches InTouch: Live Online Demonstration Series, a collection of live video demonstra- tions on direct-to-garment printers, commercial embroidery machines, rhinestone machines, and spangle transfer systems. ColDesi is also implementing a monthly webinar series In- Touch: 30 Minutes of Marketing for Apparel Decorators. More information on these series can be found at NEW YORK—Inc. magazine lists InkSoft at No. 179 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, a ranking of the nation's fast- est-growing private companies. InkSoft achieved its ranking in part due to sales growth of 2,348 percent in the past three years. The average company on the list saw a three-year sale growth of 516 percent. MENTOR, Ohio—Transfer Express offers a new video to demonstrate how to make your own in-store, custom-shirt kiosk with the Easy View Designer, a free online design tool with 5,000 layouts. With the addition of a computer to your store, you can create an interactive art area to use with your customers or let them create designs on their own. View the video at store-kiosk-using-easy-view/. WHITTIER, Calif. —DecoNetwork announces the launch of DecoNetwork 7, the latest release from its e-commerce plat- form for the custom-decoration industry. DecoNetwork 7 helps decorators address issues they face, such as selling online, pur- chasing with suppliers, managing production, and competing in a fast-paced digital landscape of growing competition. For more information, visit MANDEVILLE, La. —Great Dane Graphics and Graphic Elephants Inc. introduce Operation Screen Print, an educa- tional series that provides comprehensive, beyond-the-basics training in screen printing's most challenging applications. The kit includes an illustrated training book with step-by-step in- structions and two DVDs with five hours of video tutorials. Visit or www.graphicelephants. com for more. Hirings, transfers, promotions Printwear people Nazdar SourceOne (Shawnee, Kan.) announces the addition of Chris Cocco to the digital tech- nical service team as digital support specialist. Cocco is based out of Cincinnati and serves the Northeast. In this role, Cocco supports the instal- lation, training, and repair of inkjet equipment. He also aids in ink conversions, trade shows, con- ducting product demonstrations, and maintaining inkjet equip- ment at the Cincinnati facility. Vantage Apparel (Avenel, N.J.) names Jeff Jen- nings the facility manager for its West Coast sales and embroidery facility in Santa Ana, Ca- lif. Jennings has worked for the company for the past 11 years in a customer service role at the St. Louis embroidery location. The Santa Ana facil- ity offers embroidery services for contract goods and Vantage items. Fersten Worldwide (Champlain, N.Y.) announces the addition of Sandy Baer and Beth Timbers to its sales force for Canada. Both Baer and Timbers join Fersten Worldwide with experience and knowledge in the promotional products industry and represent Fersten Worldwide and FILA Golf in the greater Toronto area. Promotional Products Association International (Irving, Texas) announces Fran Ford, CAS, and Paul Kiewiet, MAS+, as the 2015 PPAI Hall of Fame inductees during the PPAI North Ameri- can Leadership Conference in Boston. For more than 38 years, Ford, president of sup- plier Castelli North America in Sparks, Nevada, has mentored, advised, volunteered, and advo- cated for the promotional products industry. His service includes Promotional Products Education Foundation chair from 2002–2003 and PPEF Board Trustee from 2000–2004. Kiewiet, executive director of Michigan Promo- tional Professionals Association, has served as a speaker, coach, consultant, and volunteer in the promotional prod- ucts industry, and he founded the Kalamazoo, Michigan-based distributor Promotion Concepts. Kiewiet has volunteered for mul- tiple boards, committees and advisory groups, and served as chair- man of the board of PPAI from 2007–2008. pw Cocco Jennings Kiewiet Ford

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