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News: Screen Printing
M&R Releases Ink Throwers Video
M&R, Roselle, Ill., has released a video profile of Ink Throwers, a screen-printing company founded in 2004 that currently is certified with Disney, Levis, and Marvel Comics.
Ink Throwers started with two Challenger automatic screen-printing presses and a hand simple machine. Now, the company operates in a 200,000-square-foot facility and prints for mass-volume stores like Target, Walmart, Nordstrom’s, Sears, Macy’s, and JC Penny. Its production equipment includes 20 carousels, two belt machines and eight neck-label machines, along with a dye house.
According to Tom Butler, founder and president, Ink Throwers, one of the company’s main priorities is to go “as green as possible” by processing all laundry department water to be reused.
“I had the fortunate opportunity to run large factories for other people, and got a lot of guidance, and [was] self-taught, too,” Butler says. “I learned by running the production floor and finding out what worked and what didn’t work, and constantly reinventing the wheel. As a contract printer, every penny counts. It’s really tight margins, and we’re all doing the best we can to be efficient, lean and smart.” — M.Q.
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