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Screen-printing company orders downtown shop

October 8, 2014
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Vector Distribution in Grand Rapids is a screen-printing company that specializes in managing high-volume garment printing programs for brands. Courtesy Vector Distribution

An established screen-printing company is planning to open a location downtown to cater to smaller clients with lower-volume orders.

Vector Distribution, which is located at 1642 Broadway Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, will open a second location in the city later this month, at 532 Ottawa Ave. NW.

Smaller print runs

For the past eight years, Vector has specialized in high-volume screen-printing, but the company recently realized there are several smaller-scale clients in need of screen-printing services, in order to build their brands to higher-volume runs.

The additional location will allow Vector to serve those smaller-run clients and help them grow.

“Basically, we are starting a smaller shop with less overhead, where we can take a little more time for the smaller-run accounts, 50-200-piece runs,” said Adam Julien, general manager of Vector Distribution's Ottawa shop.

Vector’s larger operation typically handles run sizes of about 5,000-10,000 pieces.

Julien added that in the past when customers would ask for suggestions on where they could go for smaller runs, Vector couldn’t recommend any other shops.

The space

The new shop on Ottawa is 5,000 square feet, while the location on Broadway is a 40,000-square-foot facility.

Julien said Vector is looking to hire 4-5 people for the new location.

Vector said the new Ottawa location offers great advantages for the screen-printing company.

“This location provides us with endless possibilities with the space,” Julien said. “We can put a press pretty much anywhere. It’s a great location to build, especially with everything so close, any kind of supplies. It’s easy to get around, and it’s so close to our current facility.”


Vector Distribution — which uses the slogan "imprint; evolve." — typically prints T-shirts and hoodies for "brands on the move" that sell in high-end boutiques, as well as surf, skate and board shops around the world. 

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