Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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10 || P RI N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 01 8 Business Watch Varsity Brands Partners with Go Fund Me for School Sports Fundraising D ALL AS — Varsity Brands for ms a partnership with social fundraising platfor m GoFund - Me to help raise funds for school groups, sports tea ms, and co m munities. The agree ment ai ms to co mbine the co mpany's extensive net work of tea m apparel and equip ment clients with GoFund Me's existing fundraising channels. " Coaches and schools consistently identify fundraising as a top pri- ority and un met need, with the cost to participate in youth athletics and extracurriculars up more than 15 percent over the past ve years while traditional funding sources have declined drastically," explains Ada m Blu menfeld, CE O of Varsity Brands. "Schools, tea ms, leagues, and clubs need a safe and secure way to raise funds quickly to offset rising progra m costs, and we believe this partnership will change the paradig m for tea m and school fundraising forever." The multi-year partnership pairs Varsity Brands' 1,700 local market sales associates and large inventory catalogs with GoFund Me's technology. The agree ment uses the GoFund Me Tea m Fundraising platfor m and features a "custo mized, co-branded" experience for tea ms, schools, and coaches, the co mpany says. Cheer Factor Celebrates 1 7 Years in Business E A G A N, Minn. —Cheer Factor rings in its 17th anniversary as a Mid west apparel manu - facturer and designer. The co mpany serves a variety of niches in the athletic apparel market. " We feel very fortunate to have the loyal follo wing we have had for 17 years in the co mpeti- tive sports arena," says Ja mes Preste, vice president director of market- ing. Since the co mpany's start, Preste says Cheer Factor has outgro wn its production and corporate of ce multiple ti mes. No w in its third facility, the organization continues to offer services like subli mation, e mbroidery, t will, heat printing, and rhinestones. " Custo mer apparel co mes co mplete, ready to wear," adds Preste. In addition to decoration services, Cheer Factor works with clients in the private label, gy mnastics, cheerleading, skating, s wi m ming, and color guard markets to create one-off unifor m designs. The co mpany uses a tea m of in-house fashion designers to create these unifor ms as well as war m-up and practice wear. I N D U S T R Y U P D AT E S A MS TE R D A M — The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Che micals ( Z D H C) Progra m me publishes a ne w docu ment on waste water treat ment technologies. The docu ment is in- tended be used as guidance to i mprove the quality of waste water discharge in the apparel, textile, and foot wear industries. The guide co mbines regional training resources and other resources ai med at closing the kno wledge gap in the apparel manufacturing supply chain. To see the guide, visit: w w w.road m. S TE RLI N G HEI G H TS, Mich. —S TA HLS' offers an e-book focused on personalizing sports unifor ms. Entitled " The Ulti mate Guide to Sports Decorating," the guide explores ho w decorators can build out production costs with pro t in mind. The free do wnload features tips on pricing strategies as well as current trends in the sports unifor m market. To do wnload a free copy, visit G5 X. P RI N T W E A R P E O PL E TS C Apparel ( Cincinnati) announc - es the appoint ment of Dave Klotter to CE O. The ne ws co mes as current C E O Bob Wi n - get plans to retire. Klotter joins TS C with more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles overseeing sales and operations efforts for consu mer product manufactur- ing and distribution businesses. Be- fore his appoint ment, Klotter served as CE O of Marianna industries and as a senior executive at KI K Custo m Products. A Cincinnati native, Klotter holds a B B A and M B A fro m the University of Cin - cinnati. "I a m excited to join the TS C tea m," states Klotter. " TS C acco mplished dra matic gro wth over the last 10 years and has huge potential to beco me an even big- ger player in the marketplace. I look for ward to getting started and helping to continue the up ward trajectory of the business." TS C notes consistent gro wth under the leadership of Winget. A 2017 in- vest ment by private equity r m Centergate Capital provided Win - get and the co mpany resources to further its plans for future gro wth. " We couldn't be happier about the addition of Dave to lead the ex- ecutive tea m at TS C," says Win- get. " He has a proven track record of driving gro wth and opti mizing business practices in his prior lead- ership positions within si milar busi- nesses. I kno w his expertise will be invaluable in guiding TS C through the next chapter of gro wth." Klotter People continued on page 70

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