Wearables News Briefs – June 2018

Cintas (asi/162167), a Top 40 distributor, was recently named to the prestigious Fortune 500 List for the first time. The list, compiled by Fortune magazine, ranks American companies by annual revenues. With total revenues of more than $5.4 billion, Cintas joined the list at number 500. Cintas’ estimated North American promotional product revenue for 2016 was $163.3 million.

Crown Products (asi/47700) and Vitronic (asi/93990), which are under the umbrella of Top 40 supplier IMAGEN Brands, were awarded the 2017 Most Valuable Partner Award from Proforma Albrecht & Co. (asi/116308). Rory Campbell, National Accounts Manager, accepted the award on behalf of IMAGEN Brands at the Proforma Albrecht & Co. Sales Achievement Awards Celebration in Denver, CO, on May 8th. Campbell was also awarded Outstanding MVP Partner Rep of the Year.

Same Day Tees (asi/466828) has moved into a new 18,000-square-foot headquarters, more than doubling its business space. The move comes amid increasing sales for the Frankfort, IL-based company, which has also added new state-of-the-art equipment to its arsenal, empowering Same Day to offer a wider range of creative solutions. Additionally, Same Day Tees has increased staff to 35 employees during the busy seasons.

Kornit Digital announced that Gabi Seligsohn will step down as CEO effective Aug. 1 and will be succeeded by Ronen Samuel, an industry veteran at HP Indigo. Seligsohn will remain with Kornit through a brief transition and will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. “Ronen is a proven veteran of the printing industry with 25 years of business management experience and a proven track record of success,” Seligsohn says.

Ryonet Corp. offers Screen Print Experience classes in July and August. The two-day sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided. You’ll experience firsthand every step of the printing process, from creating artwork to catching the shirt as it comes off the dryer. Get more information on the classes on Ryonet’s website.

Stahls’ provided real-time on-demand heat printing for the 2018 NFL Draft, creating a personalized jersey after each draftee was chosen. This is the seventh straight year Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center in Masontown, PA, teamed with Nike, the NFL’s official uniform provider, to work on the draft.

M&R Companies is sponsoring a water-based printing academy, presented by B-Unlimited of Fayetteville, AR. The seminar, “Origins – A Journey in Water-Based Screen Printing,” will be held July 10 to 12, with tickets priced at $325. Get more information or purchase a ticket here.

Charles River Apparel (asi/44620) has announced the arrival of its new Wellness Warrior Dragon Boat, which will compete during the weekend of the Dragon Race in Boston.

Cintas (asi/162167) has cracked the Fortune 500 list for the first time.

Gildan Activewear Inc. (asi/56842) has announced the opening of a newly refurbished community park in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The park is the largest in the city, and second largest in the country, providing a modern, multi-sport recreational space to unite families and promote sporting activity as part of the “Parques para una Vida Mejor” (Better Life Parks) program.

JERZEES (asi/40650) has introduced a new versatile sport shirt to its collection. The JERZEES DRI-POWER Performance Sport Shirt is lightweight, 100% polyester and features improved technical benefits.

Columbia Sportswear (asi/46021) welcomes Michael Richardson as vice president of global merchandising. In his new role, Richardson will be responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision for Columbia’s global apparel product assortment. His efforts will help the company “transform Columbia into a multichannel consumer brand,” said Columbia brand president Joe Boyle.

Great Dane Graphics offers new summer designs, including Let’s Go to Camp, Parrot With Drink, Tiki Cocktail and Anchor Skull and Fish.

M&R Companies’ Miami branch is offering a two-day Screen Printing Essentials course, Sept. 14 to 15. The course, taught by M&R’s Patrick Lashbrook, co-founder of Real Thread, will cover artwork, screen registration, screen making, screen cleaning, manual printing (hands on), automatic printing (hands on), garment curing and shop layout. Download the brochure for the class here.

InkSoft has added embroidery technology to its online sales software. The new module provides a simple way to manage and sell embroidery products from an InkSoft-powered website. Users can import, visualize, work with and store digitized embroidery files without needed traditional desktop embroidery software. The tool allows users to create and manage embroidery file thread colors and reduced production errors by automatically generating detailed work orders. Learn more here.