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ClassB receives SHARP award from OSHA!
March 7, 2014

SHARP photoOn Wednesday, March 5th, ClassB employees gathered in the production facility for a special recognition ceremony. An OSHA representative presented ClassB Safety Committee members with a SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) certificate and flag. There are currently only two other SHARP businesses in Tampa, of the forty-three total in the state of Florida. We are honored to have been recognized for inclusion in this program.
 
In addition to our external efforts with our nonprofit customer groups, we pride ourselves in working hard internally to provide a safe and enjoyable workplace for our employees. ClassB Safety Committee members and supporting staff have gone to great lengths to meet and exceed safety and health regulations. To celebrate, officers and managers barbecued lunch and served the entire company!  

We are lucky and proud to be a part of such a great team. A special THANK YOU to all our employees for making ClassB a great place to work!

For more information about this program, please visit the OSHA SHARP page.  To see other business recipients sorted by state, please visit the OSHA SHARP listing page.
 
 

February 2014 Customer Photos!
March 1, 2014

February was a bit chilly for many states but that didn’t keep you from having fun in the great indoors! Troops, crews and packs all over met, raced and even camped – yes, camped. It’s been a real treat to see what you’ve been up to and we especially enjoy the clever things you do to have fun. Troop 38 took activities to a new level with a multi-state tour of camping biking and sightseeing. Florida’s Camp Honi Hanta made seemingly plain white t-shirts come to life when they tie-dyed them at camp! A special thank you to all who sent in photos this month! If you have any cool t-shirt stories or events to share, we’d love to hear them. It’s exciting to see what your groups are up to, so please continue to send in your pictures. Be sure to browse through the photos below to see what our customers were up to last month. …And of course, don’t forget to check back regularly to see more! ;) Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog! All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

ClassB Ultimate Pinewood Derby Experience Contest!
February 5, 2014

In the spirit of Pinewood Derby season, we thought it would be fun to share some photos from last year’s winners of our Ultimate Pinewood Derby Experience Contest. Featured in Scouting magazine and on scoutingmagazine.org, this contest gave packs all over the nation the chance to enter to win tons of race day licensed goods! Our third place winners, Pack 222, from Raleigh, NC, won custom t-shirts for their entire pack. They worked with our art department to design some beautiful full-color shirts that were a real crowd pleaser! The photos below were sent in by the Cubmaster, who was overjoyed to see all those smiling faces. Our second place winners, Pack 3041, from Horseheads, NY, won custom shirts AND patches for their pack. The adult leaders decided to surprise the kids with the new shirts and patches on race day and they were ecstatic! See the photos they sent in below. The real “Cinderella story” was our grand prize winners, Pack 79, from Glenmoore, PA. When this brand new pack was notified that they were selected at random as the grand prize winners of the contest they were beyond excited. They won custom shirts and patches as well as race day decorations from ClassB, a brand new track, timer and lift gate from SRM Enterprise’s Best Track and customized trophies from Red River Trophy & Engraving. Their Pinewood Derby was a shining success and the participants sent us an awesome hand signed thank you note with a group photo! See all their  photos below. A special THANK YOU to our contest winners for letting us be a part of your extra special day! For all those who entered the contest, like our Facebook page to see our other contests.  ;) Has your pack ordered share worthy shirts for race day? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog! All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

Heat Printing
February 1, 2014

Heat Printing

Heat Printing example
Heat printed designs are crisp and colorful, but aren’t recommended when durability is a concern. They have a shiny, plastic looking appearance.

Overview

Heat or transfer printing is a decorating process which uses heat-applied transfers and a heat press to transfer designs and images onto garments. There is a wide variety of heat printing processes, such as transfer papers, plastisol/screen printed transfers, dye sublimation, and print/cut applications. There are a variety of methods used to produce heat transfers.

The ClassB heat printing method

The artwork

Artwork specifications for heat printing are similar to Digital printing as both methods allow for a higher resolution image. The artwork is prepared in as many colors as required and may contain photo-realistic images.

The transfer material

We use a 55 micron thick polyurethane transfer material which is lab certified with the highest rating for color fastness, rebound, and carries at 50 washability rating. It uses a patented adhesive for a superior bond.

The ink

We use solvent based ink for a high quality print. There are four different ink colors – cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Those four colors combine to make the entire range of the color palette.

The printing process

Printing is done with a digital printer/plotter that first prints the image on the transfer material and then cuts the border for the transfer. It is a very precise process. Then the transfer is applied to the garment using a heat press to apply the proper pressure, temperature and time to properly seal the transfer to the garment. Once cooled, the garment is inspected and packed for shipping.

Other Methods

While all heat printing uses a heat seal press, there are a large variety of transfer preparation processes.

Laser/Inkjet transfer paper

This is the simplest form of the heat printing processes. Special paper is fed through a laser printer or ink jet printer then trimmed by hand and applied to the garment. It is inexpensive and very quick. Unfortunately, it does not work well on dark fabrics and does not wash well.

Sublimation Transfer

In sublimation transfers, a special ink is used that, when heated, turns to a gas and dyes the fabric. Dye sublimation provides sharp, colorful images with a soft feel, allowing fabric to stay light and breathable. However, sublimation is limited to use on white or light-colored materials. Because the garment must be made of or coated with polyester, it is not an ideal method for use on garments.

Plastisol Transfer

This is a process where standard screen printing techniques are used to apply the ink to a paper carrier. The ink is then partially cured and then applied using a heat press to finish the cure. It provides much of the benefits of screen printing without the equipment required to cure an entire garment. However, plastisol transfers are fragile and can be easily damaged by heat, light or abrasion.

January 2014 Customer Photos!
January 31, 2014

Well, it’s only January and our customers are already diving right into the fun! As chance would have it, all the photos we received this month were from our Cub Scout customers.
Between camping, meetings and bowl-a-thons, it looks like many of you are already gearing up for an event-filled year to remember. Thanks so much for sending in these awesome pictures. Everyone looks great in their custom t-shirts and we loved the hand-signed “Thank You” note!
As always, we love to see what your groups are doing. Please keep the pictures coming and be sure to browse through the photos below to see what our Cub Scout customers were up to last month.
…And of course, don’t forget to check back regularly to see more! ;)
Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog!
All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

December 2013 Customer Photos!
January 2, 2014

HaPpY NeW yEaR! We don’t know about you, but we rang in the new year with smiles on our faces. Once again, we celebrated another successful year thanks to all of our wonderful customers! Everyone at ClassB would like to send out a great big THANK YOU to you all for being such a delight to work with and for continuing to choose us to be a part of all of your memorable events.
Looking back on all the super fun photos you sent in, your year in review was nothing short of action packed, adventuresome, memorable and downright silly at times! You’ve camped, toured, provided service, fundraised, gathered, learned and shared. It’s been a pleasure to help you commemorate your events with t-shirts you love. And as always, we love seeing those photos.
Thank you for being the best part of ClassB and we look forward to another fun-filled year with you! Please continue to send in your pictures and be sure to browse through the photos below to see what our customers were up to last month.
…And of course, don’t forget to check back regularly to see more! ;)

Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog!
All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

November 2013 Customer Photos!
December 2, 2013

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and kudos to those of  you who braved the Black Friday madness.
We have really enjoyed looking through all the fun pictures our customers sent in last month. From the looks of things, you had an absolute blast at all your events. You gathered together to camp, hike, make s’mores and clean up parks. It’s always heartwarming to see such special memories captured in print and we thank you so much for sharing them with us! You need the right kind of shirts to commemorate such awesomeness and we’re glad you continue to choose us to make them for you!
We hope you are all staying warm in all your outdoor adventures and can’t wait to see what’s up next for you. Please continue to send in your pictures and be sure to browse through the photos below to see all the fun our customers have been having lately.
…And of course, don’t forget to check back regularly to see more! ;)
Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog!
All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

October 2013 Customer Photos!
November 1, 2013

For those of you who chose to partake in Halloween festivities, we hope you had a safe and Spooktacular holiday! October has proven to be an action-packed month for our customers.

Nice weather inspired all sorts of fun outdoor activities for our Cub Scout and Girl Scout customers. Thanks so much for taking the time to snap some photos to share with us! Everyone looks great in their shirts and some of these expressions are priceless.

Our Girl Scout customers enjoyed some fun outings and even visited a pumpkin patch. Our Cub Scout customers were all over, from touring battleships and camping to launching rockets and running in a 5K.

We hope your October has been as memorable as you made it look in photos and we can’t wait to see what the rest of 2013 has in store for you. Please continue to send in your pictures and be sure to browse through the photos below to see all the fun our Girl Scout and Cub Scout customers have been having.

…And of course, don’t forget to check back regularly to see more! ;)



Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog!
All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.

September 2013 Customer Photos!
October 1, 2013

Greetings happy customers and friends! Guess what? We’ve got more photos to share!
You’ve had a very busy year and we’ve loved making t-shirts for all your super fun events. From campouts and cookouts to family reunions and outings, you have made some great memories.
As always, we so appreciate you taking the time to send in photos of you enjoying your events in your awesome shirts. Our Cub Scout customers attended summer camps and sporting events, our Boy Scout customers are meeting to plan fun activities and our Girl Scout customers ventured outdoors for some fun by the sea!
We’ve enjoyed hearing from you and hope you will continue to send in your pictures. Be sure to browse through the photos below to see all the fall fun our customers have been having.  :)

Want to see YOUR group here? If you have pictures in your custom t-shirts, please send them to your ClassB customer rep! We would be proud to feature them on our next Customer Photo blog!
All photos shown are the property of the photographer and are reposted with permission.
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