Awards & Engraving

September '19

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72 • A&E SEPTEMBER 2019 Each day, you can receive the latest happenings, hires, and trends affecting the industry, along with tips and tutorials geared for you, the decorator, directly to your email's inbox. Look to A&E's digital newsletter as a source for industry news and knowledge on how to overcome technological troubles and how to direct your business to achieve success. Peruse through the past month of news to see what you may have missed. To avoid missing anything in the future, make sure you subscribe to the newsletter by visiting, type your email address into the blue box located on the right-hand side of the home page, and click 'Sign Up.' Your request will be processed immediately, and the eNewsletter will arrive promptly the next business day. TAKE A LOOK BACK AT OUR MONTHLY MEDLEY OF ONLINE NEWS # ReHash Send your news items, along with accompanying photos, in a concise press release to Julia Schroeder, at For more news items, check out Trophyman Awards Shop Plans to Reopen After Devastating Fire Trophyman, a 46-year-old awards retailer based in Los Angeles, fell victim to a fire on June 14, 2019. The cause of the fire was likely due to a clogged laser exhaust hose. Although they may have lost everything in the fire, Trophyman owners Mark and Dee Dee Lawrence can't help but have a positive outlook. At the time of publishing, the couple was working from home while they worked to get back on their feet. Trophyman plans to re-establish itself at the original location in about six months. "I allowed myself to be depressed the first day, but every- body's safe and it's just stuff," says Mark. "We have great cus- tomers and a wonderful support group." Since the fire, Mark and Dee Dee have received nothing but kind words and unconditional support from friends, family, members of the community, and even competitors. "One competitor offered me the key to his shop saying I'm welcome to use his equipment," remarks Mark. "I had another competitor who has a very small shop and is just starting out that said, 'I got $15,000 in the bank and it's yours.' I don't need it, but the offer is so wonderful. I've been getting nothing but phone calls like that." Before the fire, Trophyman had 3,500 square feet equipped with materials needed for trophies, signs, and acrylic fabricating, including lasers and large-format printers. With all new equip- ment and greater capabilities than before, the new shop will be a "bigger, better, stronger, Trophyman 2.0," according to Mark. The message that he wants to leave with anyone is to clean your exhaust tube. "I didn't realize how important it is to clean your exhaust tube," states Mark. Hear more about how Trophyman plans to recover from the fire: Johnson Plastics Plus Announces Enhancements to Website Johnson Plastics Plus, headquartered in Burnsville, Min- nesota, announces enhancements and additions to its website, The enhancements include: • A new homepage design with easier access to product catego- ries and a cleaner mobile browsing and shopping experience. • A new Get Inspired section featuring blog posts with cre- ative project ideas and information to help customers grow their business. • A Deals section with quick access to specials and clear- ance items. • A Shop All feature that allows customers to view all avail- able products on and filter down to the items they're interested in. "Our team is excited to be introducing these enhancements to our customers," says Jim Ellward, Johnson Plastics Plus CEO. "Our goal is to maintain our position as the trusted supplier to the industry, and our best-in-class web experience will help customers quickly find the products and information to help them grow their business." View this rest of the story online: Siser and Sawgrass Partner to Produce the EasySubli Siser and Sawgrass Technologies partnered to create the Easy- Subli, a matte heat transfer vinyl receptive to sublimation inks that can be used to decorate colored polyester and cotton blends. The product was released to the public on June 11, 2019. In June of 2018, Siser sought out Sawgrass as a partner to develop a sublimation solution for colored polyester and cotton garments, according to Siser. The EasySubli HTV and EasySubli Inks were born out of the relationship.

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