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1 Ennis Headquarters: Midlothian, Texas Annual Sales $(000): 584,713 Principal Officer(s): Keith Walters, Chairman, President, CEO Employees: 6,200 Locations: 44 2 Champion Industries Headquarters: Huntington, W. Va. Annual Sales $(000): 145,188 Principal Officer(s): Marshall T. Reynolds, CEO Employees: 740 Locations: 22 3 Western States Envelope & Label Headquarters: Butler, Wis. Annual Sales $(000): 117,900 Principal Officer(s): Mark S. Lemberger, President Employees: 731 Locations: 5 4 Printegra Headquarters: Peachtree City, Ga. Annual

With new technology and processes, silkscreened labels continue to hold their own in an ever-changing industry. Silkscreened labels continue to stand the test of time. Known for their durability and staying power, they have helped users be a little more organized, a lot safer and, as times would have it, more politically aware. Running the gamut from bumper stickers and equipment labels to hard-hat decals and political signs, silkscreened labels remain an important component in the printed products industry. "Silkscreened labels are generally made for surfaces that are frequently exposed to the elements and that go through regular wear and tear," explained Jim

Successful silkscreened label projects start with the order taking process. Silkscreened labels have proven to be a distributor favorite throughout the years. The roles that distributors play in the production of these high-quality labels are many, and remain increasingly important when it comes to creating a product that customers will be pleased with. According to Bruce Turner, purchasing manager for Adcraft Decals, Independence, Ohio, "The role of the distributor in the processing of an order is crucial. It is important that every detail is attended to so that the customer's wishes are met," he explained Barry Smith, director of sales for Tapecon, Buffalo,

The silk may be gone, but screen printing is here to stay By Stacey Wenzel Although screen printing is one of the oldest forms of printing, it shouldn't be thought of as ancient history. Screen printing, formerly known as silk screening, still has its niche within the industry and is a popular printing method for labels, decals and advertising specialties. The technique is similar to stenciling, where an image is transferred onto a screen that is typically made from polyester. The ink is poured on top of the screen and forced through the open areas with a squeegee. This allows the ink to be placed directly onto the material. "It's

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