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Heat Printing Continues to Impress

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There was a lot of excitement at the Stahls' Asia booth at a recent trade show in Malaysia.

Brian Baker shows visitors how easy it is to decorate apparel using CAD-CUT materials at a recent trade show in Malaysia.

The excitement over CAD-CUT materials as an apparel decoration method is growing all over the world. Recently, at the KL International Gifts Premium & Stationery Fair, which took place May 17-19, 2016  in Malaysia, custom garment manufacturers wanted to learn all they could about Stahls’ TEK™ product line, which is specifically engineered for sportswear and performance apparel. Everyone was impressed by the incredible stretch and rebound, light weight and ultra-soft hand the heat transfer materials provide. If you have not tried the Stahls’ TEK line, its success is due to our patented STiX2™ adhesive, and the heat transfer films can be applied to virtually any fabric, from cotton and polyester to harder-to-decorate fabrics like Lycra®/spandex and nylon. Plus, the low application temperature helps avoid scorching of heat-sensitive high-performance fabrics. According to Brian Baker, there was also a lot of focus on the Hotronix Dual Air Fusion at the show. “The only other heat press machines on display were manufactured in Asia and they featured only clam-style presses; no air-operated models and nothing as multi-functional and production oriented as the Hotronix Dual Air Fusion.” Our educational presentations were also very well received and attracted a lot of attention for Stahls’ Asia. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped make the show a success.

The  Hotronix Dual Air Fusion was the only air-operated, high volume heat press on display at the show in Malaysia.

The Hotronix Dual Air Fusion was the only air-operated, high volume heat press on display at the show in Malaysia.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the recent show in Malaysia a great success.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the recent show in Malaysia a great success.

Happy Memorial Day

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The St. Clair Shores Memorial Day parade is an honored tradition. (Photo from scsparade.com)

The St. Clair Shores Memorial Day parade is an honored tradition. (Photo from scsparade.com)

On this Memorial Day we would like to thank all those who serve or who have served. We would also like to give a hand to the families of our active military and veterans. Thank you for all the support you provide to make their service possible. It is an honor to have so many veterans in our family and in the extended Stahls’ family. We are thinking of you all with great respect on this Memorial Day.

The Importance of Relationships

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Matt Carlson, President and CEO of the National Sporting Goods Association welcomes everyone to the 52nd Annual Managment Conference and 18th Annual Team Dealer Summit on May 23, 2016.

Matt Carlson, President and CEO of the National Sporting Goods Association welcomes everyone to the 52nd Annual Management Conference and 18th Annual Team Dealer Summit on May 23, 2016. Stahls’ is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this event..

Although I was personally not able to attend this year, the NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit is currently taking place in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Stahls’ is represented this year by several people, including our son Brett. This is a fantastic networking event that combines educational sessions with the opportunity to meet with peers. Although there have been a few rough bumps in the industry recently, with the major chains Sports Authority and Sports Chalet closing hundreds of stores, the atmosphere at the conference remains positive. In addition to the keynote speech from boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, there were educational sessions that brought attention to several important issues, including the science of relationships. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you on the topic of relationships, but here are some photos for now.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard gives the keynote address at the NSGA Management Conference.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard gives the keynote address at the NSGA Management Conference.

Brett has the opportunity to meet, greet and chat with Sugar Ray after his presentation. One of his inspirational quotes: You have to put in the road work!

Brett has the opportunity to meet, greet and chat with Sugar Ray after his presentation. One of his inspirational quotes: You have to put in the road work!

Brett Stahl introduces Win Weber, who spoke about Supplier/Dealer Relationships.

Brett Stahl introduces Win Weber, who spoke about Supplier/Dealer Relationships.

A slide that we can all relate to. Presented in David Nour's workshop on the science of relationships.

A slide that we can all relate to. Presented in David Nour’s workshop on the science of relationships.

David Nour and his son Justus. Justus gave his input on the importance of the buying power of Generation Z.

David Nour and his son Justus. Justus gave his input on the importance of the buying power of Generation Z.

Acts of Kindness at Work

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Peggy, Donna, Juliet and Emily, aka the Learning and Development Team, were responsible for setting up boxes of greeting cards to help spread kindness in the workplace.

In the past I’ve written about “The Things Our Parents Taught Us,” which is a big part of the corporate culture at GroupeSTAHL. In honor of our mother Ricki Stahl, and to promote her legacy of acts of kindness, the Learning and Development Team has placed card boxes throughout the company–with more coming soon. Each plastic box contains cards for a variety of occasions.  Team members are encouraged to pick a card, fill it out, and leave it at the work station of a fellow employee. It’s a great way to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, to  thank someone or give a random compliment. You never know when a small act of kindness on your part will make a world of difference to someone else.

Don't underestimate the power of one. Take a card, give a card.

Don’t underestimate the power of one. Take a card, give a card.

Heat Printing on TriBlend Tees

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Good news for those who like the soft feel and fashion forward look of a tri-blend t-shirt. You can heat print on tri-blends!

Good news for those who like the soft feel and fashion forward look of a tri-blend t-shirt. You can heat print on tri-blends!

Before you heat print, it is essential that you choose the right heat transfer with the right adhesive.  Years ago, most shirts were just pure cotton, or a 50/50 cotton poly blend. Pretty simple. But if you sell custom printed apparel today, you have more choices. One of those choices is  what’s known as Tri-Blends. As the name suggests,  they are made of three different fibers; cotton, polyester and rayon. Tri-blends are beloved for their softness and drape. They offer a higher fashion or trendy edge in a t-shirt and are usually lightweight and can even be slightly sheer. It is possible to heat print on Tri-Blends but first you need to understand the do’s and don’ts for successful results. These two videos from StahlsTV give you all the information you need.