NORTH KINGSVILLE — A business that has been in North Kingsville for 30 years is preparing to add to its footprint.
Ringer Screen Print broke ground on a nearly 7,000-square foot expansion on Tuesday, said owner John Ringer.
Ringer Screen Print has been in business for 30 years.
“We’ve been looking [to expand] since last fall,” Ringer said. “Our business has been increasing. We were out of space, even in our warehouse, for incoming goods.”
The expansion will include new production space, a new office area and additional warehouse space.
“We do printing for colleges and high schools from Texas up to Michigan, and then as far west as Minnesota, Iowa, all the way to Boston,” Ringer said.
Ringer Screen Print closed down for six weeks due to COVID-19. The business reopened on May 5, Ringer said.
Business has been slower, but all of Ringer’s employees have been brought back off of unemployment, Ringer said.
“Orders are a little bit slower now than what we’re certainly used to, but I’m anticipating an upswing some time within the next four to six weeks,” Ringer said.
The company has had increased sales every year for 30 years, Ringer said. That may change this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak, he added.
Ringer hopes to hire seven more full-time employees over the next couple years. The business currently employs 46 people, Ringer said.
Ringer praised his employees.
“They’re all integral to our success,” he said.
The business moved into their current facility in 2008, and expanded in 2012, Ringer said.
“Here we are eight years later in kind of the same deal,” he said.
Construction is expected to take three to four months.
Ringer thanked the community.
“We’d like to say thank you to everybody who’s utilized us in the past, or continues to,” he said. “The success that we have is definitely a result of the loyalty our customer base has given us over the years.”