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Wearables News Briefs - August 2018

Royal Apparel (asi/83731) has announced the launch of its Activewear Collection, combining its omni-channel approach with its increased production capacities, alongside new designs, fabrications and collaborations with athletes. For more information, visit www.royalapparel.net.

Storm Creek (asi/89879) hosted its first Storm Creek National Sales Meeting from July 17-19. Held at its corporate headquarters just Southeast of St. Paul, MN, the event was attended by 19 of 20 sales reps representing all regions of the United States. Storm Creek also unveiled its new brand identity during the meeting. The 2019 catalog, featuring the new branding and new styles, will be available in mid-August.

Vantage Apparel (asi/93390) welcomes Lacie Anderson as its new Regional Sales Representative for Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Lacie brings five years of distributor sales experience to Vantage, having worked with professional sports leagues and their top sponsors.

Hotronix offers the Auto Open Cap press, with a patented magnetic-assisted lockdown that makes it easy to close. It automatically opens at the end of the cycle.

Vastex offers the new E2-CTS Computer-to-Screen exposing unit, a high-speed, space-saving solution for shops creating print-ready screens using computer-to-screen digital printers.

Dalco Athletics offers custom lettering and appliqué services. The Custom Cut Letters program lets you have any team, company or personal name cut to your specifications in vinyl cutter material or appliqué fabric.

Workhorse Products offers remote access to its automatic presses through a web portal. Owners and production managers can track press production and jobs in real time from any internet browser, thanks to the web portal feature available as part of the control panel tablet.

Ryonet Corp. offers the RyoFlash 16-inch-by-16-inch flash cure unit, featuring 1600 watts of power and designed with efficiency and dependability in mind.

GSG now stocks Siser EasyPSV adhesive-backed vinyl products. It’s suitable for use on ceramics, glass, plastic, metal, wood and more.

Charles River Apparel (asi/44620) has announced that Kelly Connelly is the first recipient of the Spirit Award, an honor in memory of Susan (Lipsett) de Vries, the daughter of company founder Walter Lipsett and sister of current owner/president Barry Lipsett.

Gemline (asi/56070) welcomes Nicole Verspyck as vice president of sales.

GSG made a number of announcements: Clark Lanius has been promoted to GSG branch manager in Baton Rouge, La; Jim Szandzik has joined as Cincinnati outside sign territory manager. Jamie Quinehan was hired as its new sign territory manager for Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota; and Cookie Torres was recently hired as an embroidery service support specialist based out of the company’s Dallas location.

Penn Emblem Company (asi/77120) has announced that starting on August 16, the company will have relocated its corporate offices to 2577 Interplex Drive, Suite A, Trevose, PA, 19053.

Storm Creek (asi/89879) welcomes Jeff Wright as new senior apparel designer. “Jeff possesses extensive industry knowledge, a proven record in sales growth, and established relationships with key industry players,” said Doug Jackson, president of Storm Creek. “This combined with his refined technical design expertise and dedication to excellence makes him an ideal fit for Storm Creek.”

The Pro Towels Family of Brands, which includes Pro Towels (asi/79750), Kanata Blanket Company, Superior and Neet Feet, has promoted Cortney Powell to the inside sales team, and welcomes Katie Senft to a new position on the inside sales team. “Cortney and Katie are going to be integral to our future,” said Keith Lofton, vice president of sales.

HanesBrands (asi/59528) has introduced its first line of Hanes women’s apparel and a unisex collection from Alternative in collaboration with the National Park Foundation.

Penn Emblem (asi/77120) has promoted Jose Ramos to Direct Embroidery Customer Support Lead. 

Graphics One has launched a new desktop dye sublimation system, GO SubliMate. According to the company, it’s the first desktop tabloid dye sublimation system to feature neon dye dub ink colors. Developed to be used with the Epson EcoTank ET-7750 inkjet printer, the Go SubliMate Kit adds CMYK, Neon Yellow SubliMate dye sub ink, CADLink’s Digital Factory dye sub RIP software and GO SubliMate dye sub paper as a bundle. List price is $1,399 with the printer and $599 without. The system will be available in September.

GSG appoints Kristen Harris as the manager of the Tulsa branch. Previously, she held the position of inside sales representative with the company.

Transfer Express offers a brief intro to AquaTru water-based heat transfers in this video. The company also notes that it offers custom and stock transfers to show support and raise awareness of breast cancer. Plus, it offers Stretch Litho transfers, a new technology where full-color, digitally printed graphics become one with a garment.

Ryonet announced that Action Engineering aluminum platens now come standard with the new Riley Hopkins 300 screen-printing press. These platens feature two hand-grippers on the front edge to protect hands from heat, and a front and back center notch for easy alignment.

EasyCut Studio announced an upgrade of its vinyl cutting software. It’s now fully compatible with Summa, PixMax, Rabbit and Vicsign cutting plotters.

Stahls’ offers Sublimated SimStitch, which offers and appliqué look with no sewing. The heat-applied appliqués are available in six sublimated patterns and more than 100 color options.

The PAS Store offers the Mighty Hoop Starter Kit, designed for customers who don’t already have a HoopMaster System but want the ease, speed and consistency of magnetic embroidery hooping.

American Embroidery Supply offers Easy Stitch EMB200, a soft melt-blown 100% polypropylene stabilizer perfect for children’s wear. It’s embossed with perforated holes for multidirectional stability and is inherently flame retardant. The company also notes that its offers group discounts to many popular organizations and forums in the commercial embroidery industry.

Cotswold Industries offers Thermal Stick, a pressure-sensitive, fusible stabilizer, with an adhesive designed to keep it firmly in place while embroidering, but still ensure that it’s easy to reposition multiple pieces as needed.