Printwear

March '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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8 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 2 0 8 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 2 0 BUSINESSWATCH INDUSTRY UPDATES PATTON, Missouri—Stitch It International updates its website with a dedicated section for heat-applied graphics. The section advises on how decorators can finance equipment, explains the features of core ma- chinery available, and offers resources on both digital printers and heat presses. For more information, visit stitchitintl.com/heat-transfer. ZURICH, Switzerland—OEKO-TEX unveils new textile and leather regulations for 2020. Of the changes, the company has expanded its MADE IN GREEN label, ini- tially implemented in textiles, to cover leather goods that have been tested and certified. The foundation has also added substances to its limit value catalog such as N- nitrosamines, N-nitrosables, and herbicide glyphosate. To see the full list of updates, visit printwear.ly/oeko20. PW Mutoh America (Phoenix, Arizona) appoints Steve Gluskin as director of marketing and business de- velopment. Gluskin, under the guidance of the com- pany's president and general manager Brian Phipps, focuses on developing new business growth opportu- nities throughout North America as well as assisting in developing marketing and distribution strategies. "We are thrilled to have Steve join our team," says Phipps. "I've known him for many years, and his long and diverse experience in sales, marketing, and distribution in our industry and others, coupled with his familiarity and understanding of Mutoh products, is a perfect match within our organization." Gluskin previously served as director of digital printing/business devel- opment for Rowmark/Johnson Plastics Plus. GroupeSTAHL (Sterling Heights, Mich.) announces the promotion of Josh Ellsworth to senior vice president, dealer, and enterprise sales at GroupeS- TAHL. Ellsworth's career at Stahls' began in 1998, and he's moved up in the company as his experi- ence and knowledge have grown over the years. His most recent position was vice president sales, dealer channel, and before that, he served as the general manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct. An expert in the field of heat printing, Ellsworth is best known for his work as an educator, according to the company. GroupeSTAHL adds that Ellsworth has created, written, and been fea- tured in more than 1,000 educational videos. "As a regular participant in the Stahls' Heat Press for Profit Facebook group, Ellsworth is deeply engaged with the needs and challenges of apparel decorators. He prides himself on bringing customer insights into all aspects of his job," according to GroupeSTAHL. Ricoma International Corp. (Miami) names Henry Ma as its new CEO after former CEO Frank Ma announced his resignation. Founder of Ricoma, Frank Ma remains president of the company and shifts his focus to research and development, the creation of new products, and global operations. Previously serv- ing as Ricoma's COO, Henry Ma joined the com- pany in March of 2015 and has since worked to improve each aspect of the embroidery machine manufacturing company, including marketing, sales, service, accounting, R&D, and human resources. SanMar Corporation (Issaquah, Wash.) announces the appointment of two vice presidents. The com- pany names Brian Thompson as vice president of distribution and Shelley Williams as vice president of marketing. Thompson comes to the role after serving as director of distribution for SanMar, while Williams previously served as creative director for the company. Both appointees also hold experience in a diverse set of industries. Thompson is a Navy veteran with a tenure at SanMar that spans more than 25 years. Prior roles include call center, inside sales, and senior director of distribution. Commenting on his time at the company, Thompson says, "The employees at SanMar are amazing, and the leadership is friendly and supportive. The opportunities to advance here have been incredible. There is truly a family atmosphere here." Williams joined SanMar in the summer of 2019 after serving for more than 20 years in creative and marketing roles. Her previous companies include organizations such as Alaska Airlines and Disney. Williams also oversaw the creative strategy and design for a portfolio of websites for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. PRINTWEAR PEOPLE Gluskin Ellsworth Ma Thompson Williams

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