February '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 6 P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 BUSINESSWATCH Stay up to date with what's happening in the world of apparel decorating and news relevant to your business. Edwards Garment Acquires Bishop Custom Clothing KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Edwards Garment announces the acquisition of Bishop Custom Clothing. The company says the move will strengthen its "position to provide a broader assortment of career apparel products and ser- vices." With a more than 20-year history in the apparel market, Bishop specializes in partnering with industry distributors to design and source custom apparel for a variety of companies and organizations. "The acquisition of Bishop Custom Clothing is strategic for both of us," says Gary Schultz, president, and CEO of Edwards. "Edwards and Bishop are leaders in our segments of the market, and we share common values. The combination of our two unique companies creates a wider and more dynamic product offering to support large uniform programs. Both compa- nies provide career apparel, and we share (a) similar vision and business focus." Schultz points out that both companies also serve many of the same dis- tributors, and "the availability of the Edwards stock product combined with custom apparel through Bishop gives us more flexibility to bring total solu- tions to the market and our distributors." With the acquisition, Bishop continues to operate from its main office in Vancouver, British Columbia, with president and owner Norm Bishop con- tinuing to lead and build the business. "Throughout this acquisition, we have gotten to know the Edwards team and have admired their stellar reputation and terrific culture," states Bishop. "Their business approach in creating career apparel programs and servicing customers aligns with our mission and vision, so we know this acquisition will be a win-win for everyone." Stahls' Presents Custom Jerseys to Families of Oklahoma Bombing STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.—The team at Stahls' Decorating Fulfillment Center received a rush order from the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, who wanted custom 'city' jerseys made to represent the 168 victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. In a powerful pregame ceremony at a recent Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game, custom jerseys were presented to the families who lost loved ones in the 1995 tragedy. The jersey presenta- tion involved a line of 'city' jerseys specially designed by Nike. Normally, 'city' editions of NBA team jerseys aren't released until late November of each year. The Okla- homa City Thunder organization received special permis- sion to release their jerseys earlier for the ceremony. Zach Ellsworth, director of fulfillment technology for Stahls' DFC, tells Printwear, "Stahls' Decorating Fulfillment Center, located in Masontown, Pennsylvania, does cus- tom jersey fulfillment for many NBA teams as a licensed decorator. When we received the order, we coordinated with Nike to get the jerseys earlier and get them to the stadium on time for the presentation." According to ESPN, "Following a short video presenta- tion, the families took the floor moments before tipoff and held up jerseys displaying No. 95 and the name of their loved one on the back." Bishop INDUSTRY UPDATE MT. PLEASANT, N.C. —Sawgrass releases an updated website. The new site features an updated knowledge base, success stories, fresh video content, and streamlined access to CreativeStudio, the company's online design platform de- signed for sublimation. For more information, visit

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