James Ortolani Joins GroupeSTAHL’s DFC

Here’s an old photo of James and myself taken at last year’s SGIA show in New Orleans, where I was congratulating him on his acceptance into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology, a well-deserved honor. Welcome to the GroupeSTAHL family James!

We are thrilled to be able to announce that James Ortolani is joining the global ink development team at Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center in Masontown, Pennsylvania. Many of you know him as the former national sales director for Hix Corporation. As the new North American Ink & Process Development Manager for Stahls’ DFC, he will lead efforts to develop leading edge inks for the imprinted sportswear industry. James will also be a valuable addition to our garment decorator-focused educational efforts. If you’ve ever been to an industry trade show or picked up a trade publication you have probably seen his name on the list of speakers or writers. James has over 30 years experience in screen printing and was recently inducted in the Academy of Screen Printing Technology , an elite group of screen printing experts recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) for contributions and/or advancements to the screen printing industry. A well-respected industry figure around the world, he has written hundreds of technical articles. He was also part of an effort that brought the first commercial screen printing venture to Moscow , Russia , back in 1989. As part of his responsibilities at Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center , James will continue to educate garment decorators at industry trade shows, as well as providing online how-to information in the form of videos and an educational blog. Please join me in saying welcome to the GroupeSTAHL family James. We are very pleased to have you on board and look forward to working with you.


Back to Heat Printing

USA Women’s Team Track and Field uniforms feature heat printed logos,names and numbers.

This July many of us are looking forward towards the 2012 Summer Olympics. The gang at Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center(Stahls’ DFC) has been busy producing items for the USA Womens’ Field Uniforms as well as  Men’s Wrestling Jackets and Singlets.  (I’ll try to get a photo of those as well). In addition, Stahls’ DFC finished up another order for the  NIKE Human Race, which is something that they have done before, but it is mind-boggling to consider that they completed printing on over 124k (yes, 124,000) digitally printed sequential numbers! What are you heat printing this summer that is sports or Olympics related? I know there are so many 5 and 10K races going on in communities all over the US, as well as fundraising Mudruns and so many other great opportunities for custom printed shirts. We would love to hear what’s “hot” this summer where you are.

Stahls’ has heat transfer materials designed specifically for heat printing on performance wear. Good luck ladies!


Behind the Scenes Heat Printing at the NFL Draft

The jersey for 1st choice draft pick Andrew Luck. A similar shirt was presented last night to David Letterman by Andrew Luck.

As we mentioned yesterday, DFC is behind the scenes at the NFL Draft, heat printing personalized jerseys as the player’s names are called. Heat printing is accomplished in under 90 seconds! In case you are wondering…here’s how it’s done. There is a great series of photos on the Nike Football Facebook page.


Heat Printing in 90 seconds or less for the NFL Draft

View from the stage where the NFL draft picks will be presented with their new, personalized NFL Nike jerseys that were personalized by Stahls' DFC in less than 90 seconds of the announcement on live TV! Watch it tonight!

The Stahls’ DFC team is set up and ready to heat print “behind the curtain” (like in the Wizard of Oz) at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, ready to produce the personalized Nike jerseys for the new NFL draft picks as soon as their names are announced. Once the announcement is made, each First Round Draft Pick’s name will be heat printed on the respective jersey within 90 seconds of being announced on Live TV. All First Round Players will be greeted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on stage and presented with their NFL Team jersey. Congratulations and good luck to all the First Round Draft Picks! Watch live tonight at 8pm Eastern time


Heat Printing On Demand at NFL Draft

The team from Stahls' Decorating Fulfillment Center is ready and waiting for the draft to begin so they can start heat printing on demand.

What’s the only way to print a shirt just minutes after a player’s name is announced for a specific team? Heat printing. That’s why a team from Stahls’ DFC will be on  hand, live at the NFL Draft to personalize shirts as they are drafted. The draft takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York and you can tune in for wall-to-wall coverage of the 77th annual NFL draft Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28. You can watch and follow all the excitement on

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