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Left: DTG produces the best images on cotton items with a pretreat but can be printed on a vari- ety of substrates. (Image courtesy DTG Connec- tion) Right: Consider the art when deciding to go with screen print- ing or DTG. (Image courtesy Vastex) much," says Danielle. "When we got our first order for 1,000 masks from our local school district, we knew we needed to find a better method." MI Screen Printing purchased a Vastex double face mask platen. In addition to print- ing masks for schools and small businesses, the couple received mask orders from the town of Mooresville for its local fire depart- ments and emergency medical services. SECOND BREAKFAST SCREEN PRINTING As mask mandates went into effect, oth- er screen-printing shops followed suit. Scott Bukieda of Second Breakfast Screen Printing in Pittsburgh ordered a mask platen to fulfill requests from existing customers, namely CrossFit gyms. "We knew that the environment was changing and masks were going to be the norm, so it was an easy de- cision to purchase the pallet," he says. Most of Bukieda's customers ordered masks with company logos or names. GP 8 4 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Second Breakfast Screen Printing prints masks with company logos. MARK VASILANTONE, president of Vastex International Inc., purchased the company in 1999 from his father and Vastex founder, Michael Vasilantone. Mark has since more than quadrupled sales worldwide and continued to revolutionize the design and performance of Vastex equipment. In 2017, he oversaw the completion of the company's purpose-built manufacturing facility and world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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