September '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 10 of 70

8 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 8 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH Vantage Apparel Partners with 1% For the Planet AVENEL, N.J.—Vantage Apparel announces a partnership with 1% For the Planet, an or- ganization that encourages businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through annual membership and everyday ac- tions. Vantage says it will donate a portion of the proceeds from multiple profit sectors. "In an effort to in- crease ethical, sustain- able practices, we are thrilled to be partnered alongside an alliance that will essentially pro- mote valuable environmental practices in the workplace and increase preservation of our environment" states Ira Neaman, president of Vantage Apparel. "By 2020, we plan to manufacture several styles with recycled fabric, including men's and women's polos, shirts, and hoodies." The apparel company pledges to donate 1% of decoration sales from Patagonia items and 1% of sales from its future Recycled and Climate Collections to support nonprofit or- ganizations focused on environmental and sustainability causes. Established in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet features a diverse network of members including brands like New Belgium Brewing, individual contributors, and musi- cians like Jack Johnson. Vantage says the decision to partner with 1% for the Planet is an extension of the company's mission to oper- ate responsibly and sustainably with "respect towards the environment." "Recognizing that businesses, consumers, and citizens throughout the globe all have a responsibility to the planet, Vantage now has a partner and alliance that shares a mutual commitment towards the protection and resto- ration of the planet," the company adds. PRINTWEAR PEOPLE Nazdar Ink Technologies (Shawnee, Kan.) announces the appointment of Woodrow Williams III as vice president of global manufacturing. In his new role, Williams oversees manufacturing operations and materials manage- ment for Nazdar's global manufacturing locations in Shawnee, Kansas and Stockport, United Kingdom. The company says Williams is also responsible for providing "strategic leadership and tactical direction to support quality assur- ance and continuous improvement." Williams comes to the position with a 25-year career in the ink manufacturing sector, most recently serving as director of operations at a major ink manufacturer, overseeing nine regional service centers. In his most recent role, Williams streamlined business operations such as per- formance measurement, production schedules, budgets, strategic planning, environmental con- cerns, health and safety, and staff development. Nazdar says Woodrow will work alongside Jim Davidson, vice president of operations, who will assist with his transition to the company. Penn Emblem (Trevose, Penn.) announces the appointment of Robert Castro as service director of the company's Western region. Castro joins the company with various accolades and extensive experience."Robert will be supporting our customers as the 'go-to' for all service and technical issues," says the com- pany. "(Castro) is a great addition to our West coast sales and service team." Castro comes to the role with 30 years of sales and service experience. He also holds multiple sales awards from companies such as Airgas, Star Gas, and Gear Company. ColDesi (Tampa, Fla.) recognizes product support specialist Darla Grimes for 20 years of service at the company. The company credits Grimes as crucial to helping customers grow their businesses. Grimes says she understands the passion entrepreneurs have in starting their own business and that "it takes hard work seven days a week and 24 hours a day to be successful and grow." "It is the people in this company that mean a lot to me, from the top down," adds Grimes. "We support and encourage each other to succeed, as we all work to help our customers succeed." Boxercraft (Mableton, Ga.) names Sarah Shifflett as key account sales manager. Shifflett manages all key account activities for the wholesale market. Before joining the Boxercraft team, Shifflett served as director of merchan- dising at Heritage Sportswear. She began her career in customer service at Virginia T's and moved through various positions, including senior as- set buyer, territory sales manager, and purchasing manager. After Heritage Sportswear acquired Virginia T's, she was named the director of merchandis- ing for the company. Shifflett brings 20-plus years of industry experience to her new role. Her background includes expertise in merchandising, strategic planning, inventory management, and the full scope of the sales process, from acquiring new customers to managing long- lasting client relationships. PW Williams III Castro Grimes Shifflett

Articles in this issue

view archives of Printwear - September '19