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April '19

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6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH Stay up to date with what's happening in the world of apparel decorating and news relevant to your business. S&S Activewear Opens Reno Facility BOLINGBROOK, Ill.—S&S Activewear announces the opening of its newest facility in Reno, Nevada. The Nevada hub is the company's biggest facility to date. The 800,000-square-foot location carries 30 percent more SKUs, three times more inventory, and provides shipping to the entire West Coast. The build- ing also uses solar power to minimize carbon emissions. "Perhaps most significantly, though, our quest to bring one-day shipping across the country is now a reality," says Frank Myers, chief operating officer at S&S Active- wear. "We've been growing since 1989, with expan- sions to California, New Jersey, Kansas, Texas, and Georgia." With the Reno location, the company says it can provide one-day shipping to the entire West coast, including all of California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. "We've also deepened our two-day coverage across the southwestern and mountain states," adds Myers. "We're proud to say that as a national distribu- tor, we can offer one-day shipping to 41 states." The facility is located at 9550 N. Virginia St., Building D, Reno, Nevada, 89506. Kati Sportcap & Bag Donates to Nonprofit Angels at Bat HOUSTON—Kati Sportcap & Bag donates goods to Angels at Bat, a nonprofit charity that coordinates donations of new and used baseball equipment for children in Kenya and Nigeria. "Kati Sportcap & Bag generously reached out to us saying they would like to donate hats and bags," explains Max Bobholz, founder of Angels at Bat. "We graciously received 10 bags and 144 brand new hats. All of these donations will be very helpful in bringing base- ball to Africa." Bags from the company are used to deliver the hats and baseball equipment to children in Kenya. The company says the package heads to Africa in May 2019. "Supporting a charity like Angels at Bat is what Kati Sportcap & Bag is all about," says Danny Spier, president of Kati Sportcap & Bag. "Knowing that we are able to put a smile on the faces of these children is incredibly rewarding." Founded in 2012, Bobholz was inspired to start Angels at Bat after watching Uganda's team participate in the Little League World Series. The organization encourages those interested to contact them to coordinate donations. Champion Partners with Magic Johnson to Commemorate 100th Anniversary WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Champion marks its centennial anniver- sary with a campaign entitled "100 Years for the Team." The company says the campaign explores "what it means to be a team in 2019 from the perspective of participating teams, clubs, squads, and crews across the world." Founded in 1919 under the name Knickerbocker Knitting Mills in Rochester, New York, Champion has since grown into a global brand at both retail and wholesale. The company says it plans to highlight athletic teams throughout 2019 on so- cial media, a dedicated website, events, and partnerships. To mark the occasion, Champion says it also plans to launch an exclusive film featuring NBA All-Star Magic Johnson. "As part of the 'Dream Team', I experienced first-hand the power of people coming together to achieve great things," states Johnson. "I'm pleased to celebrate the power of teams in Champion's 100th-anniversary campaign." "Helping people come together as teams and being innovators in the industry has been an important part of our brand's story since the very beginning," says Jon Ram, group president of the Global Active- wear division at Hanesbrands. The company encourages teams to share their stories on social media with the hashtag #Champion100 or through the Champion100.com website. CHARLOTTE, N.C.—International Tex- tile Group (ITG) announces the launch of a new name and corporate identity, El- evate Textiles. The organization replaces ITG as the parent company of American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components. The company's portfolio features global brands that provide solutions and textile products throughout the world. Elevate Textiles says the new name and iden- tity follow the integration of A&E and ITG last year under the leadership of Platinum Equity. Elevate Textiles' client base features 25,000 customers in more than 100 countries, a global network of 37 facilities, and a workforce of more than 15,000 employees. As part of the new corporate identity, the company says it will establish a global headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Current offices in Greensboro and Mount Holly, North Carolina remain as divisional headquarters for the company's respective fabrics and threads portfolio brands. International Textile Group Renames as Elevate Textiles 6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 1 9

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