JAMESTOWN — Just Ink Tees in Jamestown has changed its business model due an increase in sales of customized masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company is known for screen printing and embroidery on t-shirts and hoodies but since March, nearly half the company’s business has come from selling and customizing face masks.
“Now we’re doing masks. Importing masks. We are selling surgical masks, any personal protective equipment, thermometers and hand sanitizer,” said owner Jason Baker. “We’re selling those to customers, reaching out to new customers. Just trying to make a living anyway we can.”
Baker said he invested in a new $300,000, high-tech printing machine in March.
“Literally the week COVID-19 hit, we had signed the paperwork,” said Baker. “Now, we’re on the hook for a $4,000 monthly payment.”
Baker had to temporarily lay off 20 of his 35 employees and change the business model to balance the new budget. He told News Center 7 that he would like to rehire those employees.
The company has also begun to advertise an invention that Baker designed and built called A’TACH’IT. A’TACH’IT is a trailer cleat that holds items in place on utility trailers.
“It’s a whole new way of thinking as far as business is concerned,” Baker said.
Just Ink Tees was started in Baker’s garage 9 years ago, and the business quickly grew.
The company is in a 33,000 square-foot building located on Waynesville-Jamestown Road.
For more information, visit the company’s website here.
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