Golf shirts? That’s so 2019…Local screen printers pivot to branded masks

By MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

N The Zone Ink isn’t letting the pandemic slow them down.

The local screen printer is usually printing golf shirts or sports jerseys. Now they’re adapting to the world around them by personalizing masks for businesses who need them.

“So we supply them either blank or we’ll decorate them,” Deanna Smith, co-owner said. “Currently the fastest method of decoration for us is a digital fusion, and that’s because we can print those in house and heat press them right here.”

Smith said although they aren’t printing for schools, team sports and events as usual, N The Zone is still busy.

“You know the need is immediate,” Smith said. “So we’re just pushing through as fast as we can.”

Kirby Nagelhout Construction recently ordered masks for themselves. The company hopes to safely continue working on local projects, including the construction of Caldera High School.

“Part of taking care of your employees is allowing them to have a place to work, right?” Mike Taylor, vice president, said. “So keeping them safe and working through this COVID virus, or outbreak, is of the utmost importance to us.”

Smith said making masks doesn’t make up for the loss they’ve experienced.

“There’s actually quite a bit that goes into it in order to make it efficient and profitable,” Smith said. “So it’s a little trickier than it seems.”

But it does help, and Smith is happy to play a part in keeping people safe.

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