November '19

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6 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 6 P R I N T W E A R N O V E M B E R 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. Remembering Industry Legend Joe Clarke ST. CHARLES, Illinois—Joe Clarke, a pioneer and innovator in the screen- printing industry, passed away on Sept. 22. Clarke's time in the industry spans multiple companies, roles, and decades. Clarke was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Sept. 18, 1951. Entering the screen-printing industry after gradu- ating high school, Clarke's first foray into the market was his own business, Clarke's Silk Screen. Clarke continued with his career contributing his knowledge at seminars and in technical articles and released an extensive book on four-color process printing in the 1980s entitled Control Without Confusion. Further on, Clarke served various high-level roles in the industry, including vice president of flexible products at The M&R Companies, vice president at Wilflex/PolyOne, and as head of his own company, Clarke Product Renovation & Synergy Inks. Closer to home, Clarke was a frequent contributor to Printwear as a columnist, as well as a constant well of information on in-depth, complicated topics related to the craft of screen printing. He also participated in multiple panels at THE NBM SHOW in past years, lending his extensive knowledge and insight in a friendly, helpful manner to attendees. According to his obituary, Clarke is survived by his wife, Colleen, first wife Eileen, as well as his children Joe (Teresa), Colleen, and Jay (Laura); stepsons William (Mindy) and Ryan (Kathy); grandchildren Brendan, Will, Cole, Ryan, Ryder, Dylan, Riley, Lily, and Rogan; brother Bob (Laurie), and sisters Elaine (Dan) and Susan (Randy). OrderMyGear Makes Inc. 5000 List for 3rd Year in a Row DALLAS—OrderMyGear makes Inc. magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list for the third year in a row. The yearly roundup picks a set of the country's fastest- growing private companies. Finalists on the 2019 list range from technology to foodservice, to social media and retail organizations. "Being recognized as an Inc. 5000 finalist for the last three years is an incredible accomplishment for our team," says Dave Dutch, CEO at OrderMyGear. "It's a testament to the focus we place on our clients' success as we continually align our customer service and product offerings to match the wants and needs of our clients. Delivering solutions that improve the online store experience and simplify day-to-day operations helps our clients scale their business—ultimately allowing us to grow as well." Companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list achieved a three-year average growth of 454%, and a median rate of 157%. The list's aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for more than 1 billion jobs over the past three years. SFIA Names Stahls' as Sponsor SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Sports & Fit- ness Industry Association (SFIA), a global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry, announces a new strategic partnership with Stahls'. The SFIA Industry Leaders Summit is an annual conference for C-level executives in the sports and fitness industry. The event hosts a wide range of speak- ers from inside and outside the industry to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities relevant to the market landscape. "The ability to personalize sportswear and equipment is a huge asset to our industry," says Tom Cove, SFIA president and CEO. "Stahls' innova- tion allows companies to maximize on partnerships and monetize new opportunities through personal branding. We are proud to partner with a world-leading innovator working day after day to improve our industry." "We owe our longevity as a supplier to our ability of providing heat- printing solutions for all types of performance fabrics, including highly technical materials. Stahls' heat printing products, equipment, and ser- vices make it possible to personalize jerseys under quick-turn deadlines with superior results," states Carleen Gray, CEO of GroupeSTAHL North America. JDS Industries Continues Expansion to Accommodate Growth SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—JDS Industries announces additions to its headquarters and a relocation of its Illinois and Michigan ware- houses. The company says it has moved its Chicago-area facility to Addison, Illinois, from Elk Grove Village. The new facility boasts 87,000 square feet of space. JDS' Detroit-area location is now in Brownstown, Michigan, where it occupies 78,000 square feet of space. "We filled the existing locations to ca- pacity, and in order to serve our customers to the best of our ability, we needed to expand," says Bill Ambroz, JDS warehouse operations manager. The company says it handled the moves internally with minimum downtime for each location. "We pull from each of our existing locations an individual or two to assist," Ambroz explains. Prior to the Illinois and Michigan moves, the company also installed a 20,000-square-foot addition to connect its two ware- houses at company headquarters in Sioux Falls, bringing the space to 255,000 total square feet.

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