The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 12, 2010

Ringer Screen Print, Inc. has been creating custom designs since 1990

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NORTH KINGSVILLE — John Ringer had a dream of owning his own business, and his uncle provided the inspiration.

“My uncle Ed Ringer of Westland, Pa., has a screen printing business, and when I was a kid, I loved to watch him work,” Ringer said. John Ringer today owns and operates Ringer Screen Print Inc., 6259 Hewitt Lane.

“One day, he let me print a shirt, and I thought that was fun.”

In 1990, John Ringer started printing hat transfers in his parents’ basement and worked his way until he was able to buy his first printer and dryer.

“My uncle was truly my mentor in the whole beginning process. He allowed me to drive to his place on the weekends and use his equipment to help me get my business going,” Ringer said.

Today, Ringer Screen Printing boasts 10 employees and the capability to do custom-design silk-screen printing and embroidery on any textile. This includes hats, T-shirts, jackets, sweat shirts, blankets and much more.

“We have in-house graphic designers and customer service representatives,” he said. “We create designs for schools, sports teams, small businesses, churches, organizations and individuals.”

Even in these tough economic times, Ringer has been able to grow and expand because he has been able to diversify with a wholesale business that he co-owns with friend Dana Zezzo: Wholesale Imprints Inc.

Part of the expansion meant moving more than a year ago from the location in Austinburg to a larger location in North Kingsville. 

“We have enough volume now that we are installing another state-of-the-art automatic press,” Ringer said. “This will be our second. The slow economy has not affected us because our wholesale business is growing.”

Ringer Screen Print has several keys to success, including quality products, competitive pricing and a “fantastic crew of employees.”

“I would be nothing without these people I work with. They do a fantastic job,” he said. “My sister Jaclyn Taylor wears many hats, including office manager, and she really keeps things running smoothly.”

Ringer Screen Print and Wholesale Imprints prides itself in offering a high-quality product on every job.

“Everything that goes out of here has my name on it, so we do it right the first time,” he said. “We do consistent good work because my people care about what they are doing.”

Ringer also makes sure his business has up-to-date technology.

“This allows us (to) keep up with the competition,” he said.

“Our prices are very competitive, considering our customers get quality products with great customer service,” Ringer said.

Ringer’s decision to own his own screen-print business turned out to be a great decision, which he enjoys every day.

“I really like that every day, and every design, is different. I enjoy the artistic creative end of the business,” he said. “But, most of all, it is all about the people: our customers and my crew.”

For more information, call Ringer Screen Print at 440-224-0206.

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