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  • What is dye sublimation printing, and when is it best utilized? In general, sublimation printing is the preferred method for printing polyester and other synthetic-based fabrics. Digital sublimation printing has spurred explosive growth of custom printed textile-based products used for promotional materials, advertising, events, apparel, home furnishings, and decor. Many companies use sublimation printing for fabric banners, flags, trade shows, and point of purchase displays. Sublimation printing roots trace back to the creation of dispersed dyes between 1923 and 1924. Dispersed dyes are non-ionic and partially soluble in water. During the sublimation process, the water acts as a medium for the dye. When a polyester fabric and dye are combined under high temperature and pressure, the dye transforms from a solid to a gas. This transformation is known as sublimation. The heat also causes the polyester to swell chemically. The swelling opens the fiber's molecular structure allowing the dye to penetrate the fabric's polymer system. The dye molecules now take their place in the polyester's amorphous regions. Once inside the polymer system, hydrogen bonds and Van Der Waals' force hold the dye molecules inside the polymer system.

    Dye Sublimation in the 21st Century

    Digital sublimation printing is the next evolution of nearly 100-year-old technology. The combination of digital printing in the late 1990s and much more refined (smaller particle) disperse dye inks brought on a new evolution in textile printing. For the first time, it was possible to produce small quantities of custom printed textiles. The early process was slow, fraught with finicky print equipment and high error rates. There was also a high learning curve in producing accurate color prints because dyes do not behave like pigments.The prospect of creating short-run textiles attracted the necessary talent to allow the market to mature. Today we are on the cusp of a new era in digital sublimation printing. The demand for personalized products continues to soar. Digital printing equipment is now much faster and more reliable. Websites now offer the ability for an individual to upload a photo, corporate logo, custom textile pattern, or other custom design. Most companies offer low minimums and in some cases no minimum orders. To top it all off, the products can be produced and received by the user in just a few days.

    Why Sublimation Printing?

    Sublimation printing is generally considered a better choice than inkjet printing for textiles. The biggest advantage is that the thermal sublimation produces a finished product that is significantly more durable than an inkjet-printed product. Since the dye permeates the fabric, it becomes a part of the fabric itself. Prints cannot be damaged by wear, as there is no ink on the surface to chip or crack. Compared to other fabrics, dye sub printed fabrics are Lighter in weight Space saving More wrinkle-resistant

    Is Dye Sub Printing “Green”

    No printing process is perfect, and dye sub printing has its critics, namely those who take issue with the reliance on synthetic fabrics. But even natural fibers like cotton have their drawbacks (Consider that it takes roughly 750 gallons of water -- almost three years worth of drinking water -- to produce one cotton shirt) While polyester yarns are made from PET, a petroleum-based product, the textile industry has also been the beneficiary of large-scale efforts to create synthetic fabrics from recycled items such as plastic soda and water bottles. Companies such as Patagonia have helped make recycled yarns commonplace in the polyester fabric market. Digital sublimation also produces no VOCs, something that digital solvent and UV printing cannot claim. Companies like FLS have worked to ensure that all of our spent sublimation transfer paper is up-cycled into other products, such as wood pellets, ensuring that it does not go into a landfill. We also pride ourselves on making the best and longest lasting custom printed fabrics. Our products are designed to last for many years, even in the toughest of conditions. We believe in products that last because they are one less thing that needs to be replaced by our customers and one less item in the waste stream. For these reasons, our dye sublimation printing process is an easy choice for those who want the very best fabric printed product with the least impact on Mother Earth.

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  • SEG is short for silicone edge graphics. These high-resolution graphics are printed using dye sublimation technology onto fabric panels. Silicone is sewn around the edges of the frame, thus the name. Each SEG panel is fitted into an aluminum extruded frame, customized to your design. SEG frames are often LED backlit, the result is a stunning display. Because SEG panels are interchangeable, they are also a flexible marketing tool.

    From trade show displays to storefronts to street ads, nothing matters more to in-person publicity than standing out. The most effective ads are always the ones that lie on the cutting edge, using the most advanced printing technology to distinguish themselves. The more advanced your designs, the crisper, bolder, and more realistic the result, producing an image no one will forget.

    SEG represents the best in modern signage. Through this innovative fabric printing technology, you can produce images that truly stand out and leave an enduring impression on any audience.

    How Do SEG Frames Work?

    This sign technology works by taking a tension fabric and sublimating it with dye, solvent, ultraviolet light, or latex. After sublimation, a thin gasket of silicone is sewn through the fabric’s edge. This has the effect of creating an image that looks continuous, as if the viewer were witnessing a live scene rather than a still picture.

    What Are the Benefits of SEG Frames?

    SEG frames offer a number of advantages compared to standard direct print graphics, including:

    • High Quality - Not only do SEG frames have photographic quality and a continuous look, but they’re resistant to glare. They also won’t fade for years, and because the dye is sublimated directly into the fabric, there’s no risk of peeling or cracking. This gives you a beautiful, realistic image that will stand the test of time.

    • Background Flexibility - SEG frames can be installed against a wide range of surfaces, making them suitable for virtually any application. Whether you need to set up a freestanding storefront sign, mount an image against a wall, or hang an exhibit or display sign, SEG technology can meet your needs.

    • Varied Customizability - SEG frames can be used on a myriad of fabrics large and small, and can produce virtually any image. They’re also relatively inexpensive to make and easy to transport, which means you can quickly produce, supplement, and redistribute ads in tandem with your advertising needs. No matter how little notice you have, you’ll be able to take full advantage of advertising opportunities whenever and wherever they arise.

    • Glowing Presentation - SEG frames do not require lighting but can easily accommodate it. By installing SEG frames onto an LED light box, you can produce a glowing, ethereal image that is certain to impress potential customers.

    How Do I Use SEG Frames?

    SEG framing starts with choosing your image and a fabric type to display it. Once you’ve had the image printed on the fabric, take whatever board or other display item you’re mounting the image on, place the fabric over that board, and tuck each corner of the fabric into the corresponding corner of the board.

    Then tuck the centers of each side under the board, making sure the silicon strip is facing inward toward the rest of the fabric as you tuck it in. Smooth out all the corners and you have a bold, realistic image!

    Design and order your custom SEG frames today with FLS Banners!

    Give us a call at (800) 537-0463 and get a quote for your next SEG display. You can also contact us online.

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  • fls-banners-custom-fabric-printingCustom printed fabric lets you transform fabric items into unique works of art. Whether you print your own fabric for shirts with your company logo or yards of fabric with personalized designs, the opportunities to use custom printed fabric are nearly endless.

    Choosing a Fabric Type

    When you learn how to design custom printed fabric, you can create fabric marketing items of all types. But first, you must decide the right fabric for your needs.

    You can choose a spandex or polyester fabric that gives the material stretch in all directions. Or, you can choose a fabric with a shiny finish to give your finished product extra flare. Perhaps you need a heavy fabric for a banner or drape. Tapestry or brushed velvet could fit the bill well.

    The FLS Banners team can help you with fabric selection to ensure that your finished design meets the functional and aesthetic needs you have.

    How Does Custom Fabric Printing Work?

    At FLS Banners, we have a unique printing process to help you create custom printed fabric for your project. We have a state-of-the-art facility that can print on fabrics of most types.

    When you are ready to order your custom fabric printing, all you need to do is provide your own custom designs. Or, you can find an artwork or graphic you love and purchase the rights to reproduce it. You can also create your own graphic from your logo or in-house art. Upload your digital graphic using our easy online system, and we will get started.

    Our dye sublimation process puts the ink into a gaseous state. We then impress the gaseous ink into the fabric. This creates a smooth image that is embedded directly into the material producing a vivid, vibrant color.

    The final image is fully washable and has better durability than UV printing, especially for polyester fabrics. With UV printing, the final image feels more like an overlay or sticker and can turn rigid with multiple washes.

    Once you have approved your final design and fabric choice, we will print your custom fabric. We can print custom fabric in all sizes, from large orders for national manufacturers, to small orders for your small to medium business. Our digital printing process is fast and easy, with a quick turnaround.

    What’s Next?

    If you’re ready to work on your custom printed fabric, FLS Banners is ready to help. We have a team standing by to help you design your custom banners and get them printed for you quickly. We also have lightning-fast shipping options, as well as dropshipping to send your items directly to the intended recipient.

    The length of time it takes to print and ship your order will vary depending on the size and complexity of your order. Many can be ready in just 48 hours, and the average production time is about three days.

    Custom printed fabric is easy with help from FLS Banners.

    FLS Banners is an experienced printing and custom banner company that is a PPAI and SAGE member. Our customer service team is ready to assist you with your graphic design. Reach out today to start printing your own custom fabric.

    Give us a call at (800) 537-0463 and get a quote for your next custom printing project. You can also contact us online.

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  • fls-banners-custom-fabric-printingAs the leader in digitally printed custom fabric, FLS Banners offers a unique opportunity to impress your customers. Our custom fabric printing services provide your business with tailor-made marketing assets that promote your brand. Countless brands, including the likes of Tesla, Microsoft, American Express, GM, and Starbucks have used our fabric printing services. Let us help you create the custom printed products you envision.

    FLS Banners has been innovating businesses with custom fabric printing solutions since 1974. We offer unparalleled experience, cutting-edge printing technology, and order flexibility. Thanks to our scalability, we can provide one-off orders and bulk wholesale solutions. We arePPAI and SAGE members with a strong commitment to producing our products in an eco-friendly manner.

    What Does FLS Banners Do?

    FLS Banners is a custom fabric printing company that offers printing solutions for businesses looking to stand out. Our state-of-the-art printing technology is capable of creating anything from custom printed advertising banners, event trade show marketing, to home decor and apparel.

    Digital fabric printing accurately replicates your designs, colors and brand logo. We are able to offer fine, detailed patterns that are specific to your design, along with fabric by the yard with unparalleled color quality.

    We work with businesses of all sizes to complete when you need to order custom fabric printed on short notice. Looking for dropshipping services? FLS Banners is the perfect answer to complete your supply chain.

    For wholesale ordering, FLS Banners can fulfill large quantities. Because we are a PPAI and SAGE member, order fulfillment is efficiently streamlined. Orders can be purchased within your own client site.

    Who Benefits from Custom Fabric Printing?

    Anyone looking to provide their audience with colorful, detailed, and sharp fabric marketing assets to enjoy. We work with:

    • Small businesses, such as brick-and-mortar stores and boutiques
    • Large corporations for event, tradeshow, marketing and other PR initiatives
    • Big brands looking for unique and custom soft advertising in airports, malls, or window displays
    • Franchises who need high quality custom fabric printed assets and materials
    • Designers and artists looking to print their artwork on fabric products for home decor, apparel or more
    • Online stores, such as Etsy stores or other dropshipping businesses

    We are able to supply detailed fabric designs to just about anyone. FLS Banner is there regardless of your business size or printing needs. We take your company from design to print, so you get what you want, when you want it — guaranteed.

    What Makes FLS Banners Unique?

    Our 100 percent USA operations mean a fast turnaround time and quick shipping. We guarantee our work, manufacturing and printing at our Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin facility. FLS Banners can produce what your business needs on-demand, whether it's thousands of printed items or just a handful.

    Give us a call at (800) 537-0463 and get a quote for your next custom printing project. You can also contact us online.

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  • For Immediate Release: 05/03/2021

    FLS Banners

    FLS Banners is a custom fabric printing company.

    Textile Printing with In-House Manufacturing

    A Solutions Provider in North America

    By Digital Output Staff


    Businesses with backgrounds in textile production, in addition to design and decoration, are apt to inch out beyond their traditional offerings every once in a while. And if it makes sense—financially as well as physically—they may consider expanding.

    Sometimes adding a new application doesn’t take much, as it fully complements what a company already produces in-house. A bonus is when the same customers also benefit from the introduction and add it to their weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly job orders.


    Depth of History

    SEG frame mounted on a wall.Founded in 1972 by William and Cynthia Goettelman, FLS Banners remains a family-orientated business to this day. Based in Sturgeon Bay, WI, a staff of 20 operates out of two facilities totaling over 20,000 square feet of manufacturing and fulfillment space. It reaches customers as far as Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, and South America, but its current focus is on North American clients.

    Customers include display houses, brand agencies, print brokers, direct end-users requesting custom printed textiles for trade shows, point of purchase advertising, and on-demand custom branded apparel and home furnishings.

    Offering textile-based printing services since the 1970s, FLS evolved into a complete solutions provider with in-house manufacturing and fulfillment. It started with traditional print methods like screenprinting and then added digital sublimation, and more recently implemented digital pigment printing.

    “Our depth of history allows us the ability to solve challenges based on experience as well as creating unique solutions to clients’ needs,” explains Cain Goettelman, president, FLS.

    In 1999, FLS converted its first digital printer to use in-house manufactured sublimation ink. Two decades later, it relies on digital printers equipped with Konica Minolta and Kyocera Corporation printheads that print on media up to 3.2 meters in width. The company utilizes JK Group’s J-Teck consumables for its sublimation-based ink, with consistency the standout feature.

    FLS works directly with yarn suppliers, mills, and finishing companies to create a series of textiles offering performance and value. “One of the many benefits FLS offers its clients is the ability to develop solutions. This development extends well into our supply chain and includes textile manufacturing. While managing a complex supply chain does require additional resources, our clients appreciate the benefits it creates and the ultimate value to the end-user,” says Goettelman.

    One of the many textile applications it offers is silicone edge graphics (SEG). About ten percent of FLS’ annual volume consists of SEG without fixtures. However, it also produces replacement graphics for many LED framing manufacturers, including Agam Group, Matrix Frame USA, SEG Systems, and Testrite Visual.


    Measuring Matters

    Based on years of experience producing SEG, Goettelman shares that one must address three factors to yield a successful digitally printed SEG panel. The first is to measure the frame accurately. FLS has a process it shares with its clients to ensure the correct frame measurements. The second factor is whether the frame will use LED lights. As they are common, it is vital to verify use because it impacts output profiles, which is related to the final point.

    “You need a profile for both backlit and non-backlit displays. Understanding what the client expects in terms of output is crucial. Are they looking for accuracy of skin tones and reproductions of their products, or do they need matches to corporate color standards?” asks Goettelman.

    “There is nothing more frustrating for your client than receiving an SEG that doesn’t fit the frame. The ease of changing a graphic is a key selling feature of an SEG frame. It is up to us to live up to that expectation,” he adds.Measuring once, twice, and three times repeatedly happens while producing SEG panels at FLS. First during the prepress proofing stages and then after printing and finishing. It is necessary to verify the panel’s dimensions after cutting since there is “no sense in sewing a panel if the size is not correct,” according to Goettelman. After sewing the keder around the graphic’s edge, we measure one last time.


    Today and Beyond

    SEG store window displays in a mall.The range of environments using SEG illustrates its popularity. “SEG panels are ideal for locations rented advertising space, such as airports, stadiums, and performing art venues. Retail locations, from department stores to boutiques, use them to highlight featured brands, offer, and create customer awareness. A prime location is storefront windows because the backlight enhances the visibility day and night,” suggests Goettelman.

    All of these locations and the buyers who place them recognize the benefits of SEG. Key advantages, according to Goettelman, focus on the simplicity of changing and storing the graphics, the high-end appearance, and the savings on the shipping because SEG prints are so lightweight.

    Because of all of these advantages, SEG is growing beyond its initial intent. Besides basic four-sided frames, there are now pop-up frames, counters, and modular configurable booths that create different shapes and sizes. The modularity factor is something that Goettelman believes will be critical going forward.

    “Flexibility is going to be very important when trade shows return. We are expecting wider aisles, smaller booths, and the ability to reuse your display rather than build an entirely new booth, which will provide big cost savings,” he foresees.



    Detail Orientated

    FLS is well known for its attention to detail, ensuring each SEG panel’s perfect construction for the frame. Satisfying one client at a time has led to success in several different applications, not just SEG display, and will serve it well in future endeavors.

    Contact FLS Banners for custom SEG panels and other custom printed fabric solutions.

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  • company-logo-face-maskAs businesses begin to re-open across the country and more restrictions are lifted, it is important to understand business trends regarding face masks. Many people are concerned whether or not it is still safe to mingle in public spaces. This is true moving forward in 2020 and preparing for virus season in fall and winter.

    These new societal norms present an opportunity for your business to present a sense of security to your customers and promote trust in your brand. If employees are wearing face coverings you are sending the message that your business is serious about health and safety guidelines for your employees and customers.

    Here is what you should know about where business trends are going involving face coverings.


    Why Face Masks with Company Logos are Vital

    Most of us are aware that cloth face masks help prevent the spread of viral diseases. By covering the nose and mouth, they reduce the likelihood of airborne infection. When employees wear masks, they can feel more confident in their workspace. When customers interact with those employees, they can feel that they are safe to conduct business with you. They may choose your business because you are protecting their health.

    The face coverings that employees wear do not have to be plain, homemade or generic either. Many face mask companies offer printing options so that you can make custom face masks with your business logo printed on the front or even with creative branded designs. Face coverings can be incorporated into a regular employee uniform. As the stigma around facial coverings is fading, branded masks make a lot of sense aiding in a corporate or business strategy around safety.


    Complying to State and County Guidelines for Face Masks

    While everyone should comply with their local state and county guidelines regarding face masks, those guidelines may vary from region to region. What does not vary, is your business’ commitment to keeping employees and customers safe. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with your local government’s regulations or guidelines in regards to proper physical distancing and face coverings.

    Many states or counties may require employees to wear approved cloth face coverings while at work. The best thing you can do is to make sure the masks are clean and look professional.

    Face Mask Buying Trends - Prepare for Fall and Winter

    Even if the number of infections slows over the summer, national health experts warn that, like many cyclical viruses, COVID-19 may return in the fall. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases confirmed these concerns. Although the virus may return, the national community will be much better prepared to handle another rise in cases than we did in early 2020.

    It is becoming abundantly clear that wearing face masks in the US will become a lasting trend moving forward and possibly beyond 2020. Businesses can best prepare by making sure they have a stock of professionally made masks with a branded logo and evolve their employee uniforms.

    Contact FLS Banners for more information on ordering your bulk or custom business logo face masks!

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  • nurses-using-fls-banners-face-masks[Sturgeon Bay, WI, April 24, 2020] For 40 years, FLS Banners has been associated with producing custom printed premium promotional materials such as flags, banners and table covers. The Sturgeon Bay, WI company however quickly shifted focus to creating fabric face masks and protective isolation gowns. FLS Banners is thrilled to have found a way to aid our national and local community by helping to protect front line personnel and the general public with isolation gowns and fabric masks designed to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    In breaking the stigma associated with wearing a mask, we’ve made a point to create custom printed face masks that showcase: creativity using local artists, humor using animal faces, fun patterns for kids, patriotic designs like, ‘Heroes Wear Scrubs’ and a multitude of creative categories. All designs help people choose to make a statement, bring a smile, or just laugh out loud. FLS Banners is helping break the barriers of awkward and potentially painful times by using this new found accessory for good.

    old-glory-usa-face-maskThe masks, recommended by the CDC, are custom printed using the same dyes used in our other printing process and that are approved by OEKO TEX. Over 70 custom designs are available to choose from! More than the creativity, we wanted our masks to fit like no other on the market. We dove into a rapid design and prototyping phase to create a contour shape that fits well and allows you to still move your jaw and be comfortable to wear all day. The result is our Fashion Contour Fabric Face mask that comes in three sizes ensuring a proper fit from kids, youths to adults.

    The mask material is made of high thread count 100% brushed polyester that is both durable and comfortable. We recommend that fabric masks be machine washed with detergent after use.

    Each face mask features an adjustable cord with a slide lock. This system was designed to ensure that younger children and those of us that are less flexible can easily put on the mask. The biggest benefit of the cord is all-day comfort. The number one complaint from people who have to wear masks is that their ears start hurting after a short time. The masks also feature an adjustable wire nose bridge for a custom fit. The adjustable bridge is a huge benefit if you wear glasses or need a tighter seal. The masks also have an insert pocket to allow additional filters to be inserted for extra protection.

    “We’re a group of people that like to get together and make things every day and we all get a lot of satisfaction from seeing a finished product. There is an additional level of satisfaction knowing that we are going to help some people that are really in need and help people overcome the new normal.” - Cain Goettelman (FLS Banners President)

    “Even before making the switch to PPE, FLS Banners was already considered essential.” - Local 5 ABC News - We Are Green Bay

    The FLS Banners team is hard at work producing these new products and developing new solutions to help the public during this unprecedented pandemic. We saw the need for PPE, especially gowns and masks, every night on the news to the point of frustration. Then it occurred to us that we use a film in our traditional business that might work for a gown. This started the process of testing and design. We were able to design and manufacture an effective disposable gown that was far superior to trash bags and other makeshift gear front line health care workers were resorting to. Our clients have told us these gowns are crucial to help protect first responders, EMS, fire, and rescue in addition to nurses and doctors. Finding a way to make a small difference helps our team to focus on energy enabling FLS Banners to make an impact on others during the pandemic.

    FLS Banners also continues to print banners, flags and popup tents for COVID-19 testing sites to aid in directing the flow of traffic, and therefore reducing patient exposure to the virus.

    FLS Banners Partners with The Milwaukee Mask Co.

    The Milwaukee Mask Co. is a member of the FLS family. Milwaukee Mask was the original name of the corporation when it was founded in 1974. Current family members decided it was time to revive Milwaukee Mask specifically to do what they do best, produce fun, stylish, and comfortable cloth face masks that people will want to wear.

    This exciting partnership will better help get these unique face masks to the public in their time of need. The Milwaukee Mask Co. and FLS Banners are thrilled with this new initiative.

    About FLS Banners

    FLS has been a trusted provider of custom table covers, flags, and banners for more than 40 years. Our knowledge, use of quality fabrics, and superior digital print techniques continue to make us the industry leader.

    Thanks to our vast printing experience, we help businesses create the professional impact they want, at a fraction of the cost of any other medium. We can accommodate simple, 1 or 2-color, personalized table cover designs through screen printing, as well as complex 3 or 4-color designs through dye-sub, digital printing. Our processes ensure high-quality personalized table covers at an affordable price.

    For more information on FLS Banners efforts please contact:

    Cain Goettelman
    920-743-3353 x0206
    254 Louisiana St
    Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

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  • custom fabric face mask from FLS BannersNormally, FLS Banners is known for making premium custom printed promotional products such as: trade show banners, feather flags, table covers, and tents; however, as the coronavirus situation has become increasingly dire, the company has shifted its focus to producing PPE and protective cloth face masks. FLS Banners wants to break down the stigma around fabric face masks by making a custom printed protective covering intended to help prevent the spread of germs and adds fun and style. With over 70 designs and counting, we’ve made recent headlines with these efforts.

    Why FLS Banners has Answered the Call

    Why would a fabric printing company be so well-positioned to produce materials to aid with the current pandemic? FLS Banners uses high-grade textiles in all of our products. This material is designed to withstand years of use, can be washed over and over again, and still maintain its integrity and color. The prints are produced using OEKO TEX approved dyes that can be commonly found in the apparel industry.

    To top it all off, FLS Banners works with one of the most efficient supply chains in their sector, which means that the company can continue to manufacture the necessary products as they are needed, and get them to the people who need them quickly.

    FLS Banners understands that we must all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We found a way to help and it is our pleasure to help our national community. We are in this together!

    What the Press is Saying



    The NFIB Research Center’s latest survey on the current impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on small business shows continued deterioration of the small business sector. The severity of the outbreak and regulatory measures that cities and states are taking to control it are having a devastating impact on small businesses.

    Currently, 92% of small employers are negatively impacted by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, a continued escalation from 76% of small employers reporting negative impacts 10 days earlier. About 3% are positively impacted. These firms are likely experiencing stronger sales due to a sharp rise in demand for certain products, goods, and services. This will likely ease in the coming weeks as consumers feel more secure about their personal supply levels.

    “As the COVID-19 related funding flows out of Washington DC to the states, it is vitally important Wisconsin’s small business owners act promptly to secure financial assistance,” said Bill G. Smith, NFIB State Director in Wisconsin. “NFIB is encouraging members to apply as soon as possible since there is a funding cap on the Paycheck Protection Program, which small business owners can start applying for tomorrow.”

    In Sturgeon Bay, Cain Goettelman of FLS Banners wants to do the right thing. His business can produce isolation gowns, medical popup tents, hospital directional flags, and he has the supply network to order in millions of high quality and regular masks. His problem? City and state governments are having a hard time finding out how to order the supplies from his small business. Goettelman could get governments and hospitals 500,000 masks in a week plus thousands of isolation gowns. He says he’s made hundreds of calls but still can’t connect with the right people. He knows hospitals and governments are in need and he wants to help.

    On Monday, Goettelman decided to pivot and start producing much needed supplies without an order from a hospital or government. Frustrated by an image he saw on social media of a doctor wearing a garbage bag, his idea to produce level one hospital gowns is now in action. Working with one of his suppliers, Goettelman ordered a [plastic film] that he can cut in one piece, making it efficient to make: up to 1,200 per day with two shifts of 20 workers[.]

    “I’m turning over every stone I can to help during this health crisis. I know hospitals and governments are desperate to get supplies I just want to help. So do my employees. They are in 100% even though we are making a product we don’t have a buyer for. The market is broken. I am producing thousands of gowns per day and even though there is a mass shortage out there, I don’t have anyone to buy them. I don’t want to make a bunch of money. We just want to feel like we’re doing good during this time of unprecedented fear surrounding this health crisis.”

    Goettelman has also started producing “fashion masks” – named to take away the stigma surrounding surgical masks. Recently the city of LA started recommending its residents wear them and Goettelman thinks other cities will follow suit. He’s designed about 50 different masks.

    “I want to take this to a new level. You shouldn’t feel like you’re sick or have a scarlet letter on your chest if you decide to wear a mask. I want people to feel comfortable if they want to wear one.”

    Local 5 ABC News - We Are Green Bay

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — When the Safer at Home order went into effect last month, FLS Banners was allowed to remain open as an essential business, but the company felt as if they needed to do more than making signs.

    “We didn’t feel like we were having an impact,” President Cain Goettelman explained.

    And so the banner printing company adjusted: “We shifted gears and figured out how to make an isolation gown that was in great need and then we saw this coming with the CDC that they were going to put the recommendation out that everybody wear a mask in public,” Goettelman said.

    They decided to make masks, but could see the potential hang-ups people might have.

    “My staff was like: ‘I’m never going to wear a mask, I’m not gonna wear a mask,'” Goettelman said, “and then we said, ‘Well, what would get you to wear a mask?'”

    Goettelman told Local 5 that the company decided to try to make the masks more appealing by making them customizable.

    “We’re trying to come up with the designs that people are gonna want to wear,” he said, “make it almost like a fashion accessory, not a scarlet letter on your face.”

    FLS Banners now has more than 60 designs available.

    Designing PPE wasn’t an easy shift for the shop.

    “To re-purpose equipment, re-calibrate it,” Goettelman said, “we had to figure out how to weld plastic, we had never done that before.”

    He told Local 5 that the changes were worth it, as soon as the masks were in production.

    “We’re a group of people that like to get together and make things every day,” he explained, “and we all get a lot of satisfaction from seeing a finished product. There is an additional level of satisfaction knowing that we are going to help some people that are really in need.”

    Even before making the switch to PPE, FLS was already considered essential.

    “This was really more a calling than a business decision,” Goettelman said.

    He explained that the calling was to help flatten the curve: “We can’t rely on the doctors to help make us better or the hospitals to cure us, we all have to do our part.”

    Door County Daily News

    A Sturgeon Bay business has gone from outdoor signage and flags to masks and gowns. FLS Banners made the transition earlier this week from trade show supplies to producing medical supplies to help with urgent needs for hospitals while still staying financially sustainable. Due to the cancellation of national trade shows and sporting events, which was FLS’s primary source of income, owner Cain Goettleman decisively acted on three fronts. He says his company’s experience in importing through a robust Asian supply-chain will allow the eventual production of NIOSH-Approved N95 masks very shortly. Secondly, Goettleman says his staff came up with a creative way to make level one medical gowns.

    Thirdly, Goettleman adds that FLS Banners has already come up with 40 personalized mask designs to help overcome the perceived stigma of wearing a mask in the U.S while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The multi-size masks are reversible and designed to contour-fit your face with a wire-bridge.


    About the Personal Fabric Face Masks

    Our protective face masks are made with two-ply 100% polyester that is comfortable, breathable, and machine washable for reuse. The face masks, like all of our fabric products, are made right here in the USA. The soft brushed surface is so comfortable that you might forget you are wearing it. Our 70+ custom print designs use OEKO TEX approved dyes that are widely used for trusted apparel brands.

    The face masks are available in 3 sizes and include a wire nose bridge just like professional surgical masks. This means that you will be able to find a mask that properly fits you for optimal comfort and sealing protection. Each mask earloop uses fabric ties to avoid discomfort from pulling around your ears.

    In addition, the mask has a pocket for inserting an surgical mask or additional fabric for extra filtering.

    Best of all, these masks can be machine washed. We recommend you treat these like your underwear and wash after each use.

    SIZING: Small = Children / Medium = Teens and Most Women / Large = Most Males

    We encourage everyone to follow the recent CDC guidelines. Please help prevent the spread of germs and viruses and wear a mask even if you are not sick or have any symptoms.

    FLS Banners Face Mask Features:

    • Small = Children / Medium = Teens and Most Women / Large = Most Males
    • When in Doubt order up 1 size
    • The ultimate in personal expression
    • 2-Ply Mask with Internal Filter Pocket
    • Wire on Nose Bridge for improved fit and seal
    • 3 Sizes to ensure proper fit
    • Fabric Ties for all-day comfortable / No elastic around ears
    • Wear A Mask and Potentially Save Others
    • Due to the personal nature of this product returns are not accepted


    What’s Next for FLS Banners?

    As an essential business, FLS Banners is taking our responsibility to our community seriously. We will continue to make protective face masks and make them a fashion accessory that will encourage the public to wear for safety. We are also hard at work making NIOSH-approved N95 masks that will provide the maximum protection available for any mask in this category. Stay tuned for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals, such as masks and gowns.

    Besides face masks, FLS Banners has also swiftly produced flags, banners, and tents for healthcare facilities to use in their time of need and take out, curbside delivery banners to restaurants to use in this time of need . These coronavirus signage are printed for drive through COVID-19 testing, reminding customers of maintaining social distancing guidelines by the CDC, and helpful take out and delivery signs for restaurants who are having to adjust with new guidelines.

    Questions? Contact Us

    We would like to remind you to please wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, stay home when possible, especially if you are sick.

    From all of us at FLS Banners, we wish you good health and peace of mind.

    Do you have questions about our products or have a specific need we can help fulfill? Contact our team, we are more than happy to help you in the face of these difficult circumstances.

    Posted By Smart Solutions
  • Does 2020 mean a trade show is on the docket for your business? If you’re preparing for the upcoming trade show season, you need to start planning early. It’s best to start your preparations about six months before the event, and tackle several steps along the way. Looking for trade show display products or fabric? Contact our pro team at FLS Banners, we would be happy to help you get the custom printed trade show products you need. With this handy trade show checklist, you can be confident that you are well prepared for your next event.

    Start Here: Planning 6 Months Out

    planning-trade-showAt the six month mark, you are ready to start planning your event. Here are the steps to take about six months before your event.

    1. Define your goal

      First, determine what you want to accomplish with your trade show. Decide three key objectives that you want to accomplish. These will be unique to your business.

    2. Set the budget

      Next, decide how much you are willing to spend to reach those goals. This will depend on the current state of your business, and it will drive the rest of your trade show preparation checklist, so be specific. Make sure you leave room for necessary promotional materials and booth materials.

    3. Book the show

      If you don’t already have a trade show venue, now is the time to start looking. 
      If you will have to travel distance to the show, check with the show website for deals on hotels and flights. Today many tradeshows book blocks of rooms and offer discount prices for booking through the show website. Also, check to see if there are any special requirements for getting your display into the show. If you are shipping directly to the show, your booth may have to arrive by a specific date to avoid extra fees.

    4. Start planning your booth

      Between five and six months before your first trade show, pull out your checklist for the exhibition booth. This gives you time to order tablecloths, backdrop displays, marketing materials, and other supplies to make your event successful. You will want to review your current display and make sure your key product/service is featured on at least one focal point in the booth. This is a great way to start a conversation with a current client and to draw prospects in.

    5. Order promotional items.

      About four months before the first trade show, put in your order for your promotional items, especially if you will be sending fliers or other notifications about your participation in the event. FLS Banners works with customers to deliver within even the shortest of deadlines. 
      Here are a few of our most popular items:

    6. Arrange travel

      As soon as you know the event date, start shopping for airline tickets or make other travel arrangements. If you are carrying your display with you sure to find out when setup starts. Many of our products require minimal setup time; however, you always want to leave yourself plenty of time to account for any unknowns. The worst thing that can happen is you finish early and you can spend the afternoon at the pool.

    7. Create a packing checklist.

      Determine the things you are going to need for every trade show, and make a written trade show booth checklist. Don’t forget things like first aid supplies, tape, and extension cords.

    Getting Closer: One Month to 2 Weeks Out

    order-trade-show-suppliesAs the trade show gets closer, your trade show planning checklist gets busier. Here are some things to put on your “to do” list as you move within two weeks of the event.

    1. Double-check your trade show checklist

      Pull it out and make sure there aren’t any things you have overlooked.

    2. Check your trade show booth materials

      Make sure everything is in good working order and does not need to be repaired. Missing anything? Reach out to FLS Banners and we can get you the printed table covers or banners ASAP.

    3. Start staff training

      Talk with the people who will be manning your booth to ensure they are aware of what their objectives are.

    4. Order printed literature

      It takes about a week to have promotional materials printed locally, so order early so you have time to make changes, if needed.

    5. Prepare lead packets

      Have packets of information to hand to leads at the trade show.

      Almost Time: 1 Week to the Day Before

      Pack your bag
      Pull out the trade show planning checklist you made earlier, and make sure all of the items are packed inside a bag.

    6. Prepare a document packet.

      You will want contact information for local vendors, staff that will be coming with you and staying behind, and contact information for your accommodations and the venue itself. If you need art or files to print more promotional materials if you run out, add this to your document packet. Have both digital and paper options with you.

    7. Send your trade show materials ahead

      If you aren’t bringing you trade show materials with you personally, send them ahead and verify their arrival.

    8. Make a checklist for trade show exhibitors.

      If you are sending someone else to do the trade show, make sure they are armed with a trade show booth checklist that has all of the details they will need to set up, display, and take down your trade show materials.

    Showtime: The Day Of

    1. trade-show-event Arrive at the venue early.

      Make sure you have plenty of time to set up your booth. You may run into unexpected problems, like needing a longer extension cord, so do not cut yourself short on time. Plan for traffic and getting lost if you are showing at a new venue.

    2. Consult the trade show setup checklist.

      This will help ensure you do not forget a critical component of your booth setup and design.

    3. Show your stuff.

      You’ve spent the last six months planning. Now’s your time to shine. Since you used a checklist for trade show exhibitors, you will be well prepared to do your best.

    Follow-Up: After the Show

    1. Pack things up carefully.

      When the show is done, take the time to pack carefully so you do not damage your trade show materials and booth supplies.

    2. Follow up.

      Gather the information from the leads you made. Plan your follow up, whether it is phone calls, emails, or letters. If you have a sales team, pass those leads on to the sales team to start the follow-up process.

    3. Evaluate your costs.

      Add up what you spent and compare it to the budget you set. Was your budget accurate? Were there areas you could save money? How could you improve for future trade shows?

    4. Evaluate your trade show checklist.

      Was there something missing from your trade show exhibitor checklist? Did you forget to pack something that should be added to your checklist for exhibition booths? What mistakes could have been avoided with better planning? Add to or take away from your trade show planning checklist as needed.

    Prepare for Your Trade Show Booth with the Right Products

    A critical part of your trade show booth checklist is the materials you use for your booth. From tablecloths to the displays themselves, you can’t have a successful trade show without the right exhibition supplies. 

    Do you need advice on selecting promotional items for your event booth? FLS Banners offers many options for table covers, banner flags, backdrop displays, and more. 

    Table Covers - Choose from 4ft, 6ft, or 8ft table cloths, then choose your table cover style: fitted, open back, closed back, stretch or contour, adjustable, or table runners.

    Flags - Feather or banner flags are available in small, medium, or large sizes. Flag shapes include convex, concave, teardrop, or swooper. Flag poles, stands, and carry bags are available!

    Banners/Displays - Banner displays can be essential to any event booth. Let us help you design the perfect backdrop for your next event. We offer retractable banners, pop up banners, as well as stands, mounting hardware, and durable carry bags.

    Display Kits and Event Tents - Save time and select from our booth display kits that can be custom printed to your specifications. Add your logo and designs to backdrops, banners, and table covers. For outdoor events, make your booth complete with a custom-printed tent to match your tablecloth.

    FLS Banners has a huge selection of trade show booth products for your next event. Check them out as you prepare your checklist today! 

    Posted in Trade show ideas By Smart Solutions
  • When it comes to tables for displays and trade shows, 6-foot and 8-foot tables are the most popular sizes. These large tables provide plenty of room to showcase your product and display materials. When you need a platform for your brand at a convention or exhibition, these table cover sizes are likely the best options.

    To make your trade show area stand out, you will need the right custom tablecloth to make your booth pop! If you have 8-foot or 6-foot tables, FLS Banners same size table covers that will add a professional look with all over printing or simple custom logo printing to ensure quality branding and advertising.

    Why use six-foot tables? Six-foot tables are a popular table size for display and trade show booths. They are long enough for most displays, yet petite enough to fit well in a smaller booth area, these tables are commonly used for events of all types. The average trade show booth space is 10’x10’. A 6’ table will fit nicely in this space with room for attendees to be welcomed in, not passing you by.. If you have extra space than 10 feet, an 8 foot table should work wonderfully, giving you more surface area to show off your promotional items.

    The final piece that will make your trade show booth and tables look professional and complete is a custom printed table cover. Now that you have your size, let’s pick your custom table cloth style! From fitted, to draped or contour, all of our covers are fully customizable with full-color logo printing, so you can showcase your brand in style.

    What Size Table Cover for a 6-Foot Table?

    6-foot-table-coverThe size of your 6-foot table cover will vary depending on the cut and the type of fabric used. In general, a 6-foot table requires a 70-inch by 108-inch tablecloth, which will reach about to the floor. At FLS Banners, we cut our custom tablecloths to fit the standard 30-inch tall tables, as well as bar height and demo or counter height tables. They are designed to hang an inch above the floor, so they will come from the tabletop to the floor without actually dragging. This gives you a professional look and will hide items stored below the table but without being frustratingly long. This also protects them from bunching, which hurts the overall look of the tablecloth and keeps them from getting dirty.

    Uses for 6-Foot Table Covers

    Six-foot tables are used for many different purposes, but you can often find these tables as part of trade show displays. They may pop up in stores showcasing a particular sale item. Schools may use them to display after-school clubs or other extra-curricular activities in the hallway to entice students to sign up. No matter where they are used, they all have one thing in common, and that is the need for a cover. If you want your cover to be personalized and professional, choose a custom option from FLS Banners.

    Types of 6-Foot and 8-Foot Table Cover Styles

    At FLS Banners, we understand that different companies have different goals for the look of their branding materials. That’s why we offer many different types of tables when you’re in the market for 6-foot or 8-foot table covers. Whether you want a fitted, modern look or a traditional draped look, you will find something to fit. Some of our options include:

    Fitted – Fitted table covers fit snugly around the top of the table. This seamless look falls in a straight line from the tabletop to the floor, creating a box-like appearance. It does not have wrinkles or seams, so the entire look is streamlined. This allows your logo to stand out.

    Contour – Contour table covers are made from stretchy fabric that pulls taut across the table and legs. This creates a contoured look that is quite modern and chic. It can help your tables to stand out because it’s slightly different from the standard look commonly used.

    Throw and Drapes – Throw and drape table covers envelope the table on three sides, leaving the back open. They drape across the front and sides, so they do create some folds and draping. These are a great choice if you will be storing items under your table that you need access to throughout your event. Drapes and throws fit loosely over the table, giving you the traditional draped tablecloth look. These are available as either seamless or traditional options, depending on the look you want for your display.

    Runners – Runners sit on top of your tablecloths to display your logo. These are a more economical option if you already have plain tablecloths and want a custom printed option, but don’t want to replace the entire tablecloth.

    What Size Table Cover for an 8-Foot Table?

    8-foot-table-coverWhen buying a table cover, you want it to be long enough to extend the length of the table and hang over the sides to completely cover to the floor, but you don’t want it to drag on the floor. You also don’t want to come up short, because it’s helpful to be able to store some items below the table during your event. At FLS Banners, we stock 8-foot table covers designed for 96-inch long tables.

    The material your table cover is made from and the amount of stretch that material has will dictate how long it needs to be. Typically, a table cover to cover an 8-foot table needs to measure 70 inches by 126 inches. At FLS Banners, we cut our table covers to measure 29 inches from top to bottom, so they perfectly cover a standard 8-foot table measuring 30 inches from floor to tabletop without dragging on the floor. In addition to the 30 inch height, we also offer bar height and demo height 8-foot table covers.

    Uses for 8-Foot Table Covers

    Table covers and table runners have many potential uses. Trade show booths are rarely complete without a table cover that brings the look together. Table covers with your logo can also be put out at parties, for sale displays, and at other events where you might be marketing. Custom Tablecloths create a pulled-together, finished look that keeps your brand consistent as you strive to keep your branding consistent, no matter what type of event you are heading to.

    Types of 8 Foot Table Covers

    At FLS Banners, we understand that size is not your only consideration when shopping for 8-foot table covers. That’s why we offer a wide variety of table covers for your consideration. Each is available with full-color printing of your logo or other design, so you can showcase your product or service well at your next event. Here is a closer look at the 8-foot table cover options available at FLS Banners

    Shop 8-Foot and 6-Foot Table Covers Now!

    If your business has 6-foot or 8-foot tables for your display and trade show booths, you need the right covers. Custom printed covers with your logo will help your display stand out in a crowded trade show or other event. FLS Banners have many different styles and colors to choose from. Start shopping today, and add custom printed 6-foot and 8-foot table covers to your display.

    Posted in Printed table covers By Smart Solutions

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