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December '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 6 P R I N T W E A R D E C 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. S&S Activewear Opens Environmentally-Friendly Illinois Distribution Center BOLINGBROOK, Ill.—S&S Activewear relocates its Bolingbrook, Illinois distribution center to nearby Lockport. The company says the new location is the "most sustainable distribution cen- ter" in its network. The Lockport location boasts 750,000 square feet of space, bringing S&S's nationwide total to 3.5 million square feet across its multiple locations. The company designed the facility with a focus on providing customers increased access to fashion-forward apparel while maintaining a commitment to sustainability. "This was a wonderful opportunity to build a facility in line with our mission and values state- ment, which include sustainability objectives," says S&S Activewear COO Frank Myers. S&S Lockport's sustainability-focused fixtures include solar panels; high-efficiency LED lights with motion sensors; radiant heat; and hands-free, waterless urinals. S&S estimates the waterless facilities will save roughly 1 million gallons a year. Through these sustainable implementations, the location also holds a Silver LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The council focuses on sustainably designed buildings and is comprised of five main categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environ- mental Quality. "Our Bolingbrook facility was reaching capacity, so we needed to identify a location that could support our increasing demands for space and maintain our current employee base," says Jim Shannon, president of S&S Activewear. "The Lockport facility provides significantly increased capacity for storage, along with state-of-the-art material-handling automation and technology." In addition to sustainable initiatives, the new location is projected to add 100 jobs to the local community. Fruit of the Loom Donates More than $56,000 to United Way BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—Fruit of the Loom donates more than $56,200 to the United Way. The company raised funds during its yearly charity golf tournament at Crosswinds Golf Course in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Sept. 14. The 2019 game marks the 20th year Fruit of the Loom has participated in the event. The do- nation from Fruit of the Loom goes towards the United Way's Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which helps provide books to local children in preparation for kindergarten. Children newborn to age five are eligible for the program in the county in which it is offered. Once registered, children receive one, age-appropriate book mailed directly to their home each month until the age of five. The library has reportedly sent 266,000-plus books to more than 11,000 children in multiple Ken- tucky counties and distributed more than 103 million books since its inception in 1995. Fruit of the Loom says the 2019 contribution brings the total overall donation to $381,000. "Fruit of the Loom Inc. is proud to support the communities in which our employees live and work," says Tony Pelaski, executive vice president and COO of Fruit of the Loom Inc. "The Imagination Library is improving children's ability to be prepared for kindergarten, and we are proud to be associated with such a meaningful cause." Sportsman Cap & Bag Unveils New Location and Warehouse Expansion KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Sportsman Cap & Bag tran- sitions to a larger headquarters and distribution facili- ty. Dan Saferstein, Sportsman Cap & Bag president says the company has continued to add brands and styles to its product lineup, and in recent months needed more space to operate, even after expanding its previous location. Located in Lenexa, Kansas, the new facility more than triples the previous loca- tion space and quadruples the capacity, increasing produc- tivity for continued growth, according to the company. "This move is an investment in Sportsman Cap & Bag and shows our commitment to our customers," Saferstein adds. "We take pride in our product, people, and service and want to back that up." A&E Celebrates Completion of 28th Manufacturing Operation DONG NAI PROVINCE, VIETNAM—Thread manu- facturer and portfolio company of Elevate Textiles, Ameri- can & Efird (A&E) opens its 28th global manufacturing facility in Vietnam. A&E says the new manufacturing loca- tion allows the company to produce thread products sus- tainably. The facility is also positioned to provide expanded services and regional support for apparel, footwear, hand- bags, and other sewn products in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, according to the organization. "Vietnam is an important country for the textile and ap- parel sewn industry," says A&E president Chris Alt. "It is the second-largest exporter of apparel to the United States and one of the largest global producers of apparel and non- apparel products. Setting up in Vietnam with manufacturing is very strategic to our future growth."

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