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The company officially marks the anniversary on July 8 with an open house celebration.

PRINTWEAR EXCLUSIVE: Ace Transfer Celebrates 25 Years of Business

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Ace Transfer Company marks 25 years in business. Based in Springfield, Ohio, the company marks more than two decades of sales in a wide variety of graphics products including printed heat transfers, presses, inks, and other supplies.

While the 25-year mark technically landed in January, Diane Shaw says she and her husband David, founders of Ace Transfer, have just begun looking back at a company history of changes and growth.

“David has been screen printing since he was in high school,” explains Diane. With his initial education during school in California, David continued honing his craft until the couple decided to start their own business in Ohio in 1992. This marked the start of what is known as Ace Transfer today.

The company began as a home-based business, with David printing transfers in the basement, eventually moving to the garage when the couple moved into a larger house. Diane says 1994 marks the point where the business transitioned out of the home and into its own facility. The Shaws purchased a multi-level vacant schoolhouse, offering roughly 8,000 sq. ft. of production space for their business. Building a steady list of clients through its printed transfer offerings, Diane points out that the late 1990s saw the company expanding its offerings as well. During that time, Ace added official dealer lines of screen-printing supplies including inks, reclaiming chemicals, and emulsions.

Ace Transfer operated out of the school house until 2003, when the business ran into a handful of logistical difficulties, and decided to seek out a new property. That year the company shifted to a more traditional commercial space, ramping up to 17,000 sq. ft. The accommodating space helped push the business into a new chapter, explains Diane.

“It was so much better for us, more than we could’ve ever imagined,” she states.

The company continued to flourish for the next 10 years, expanding further into the decoration supply world, while still offering printed transfers. In 2013, the company added a second building to accommodate its sizeable supply division. Directly across the street from the Ace Transfer main building, a 13,000-square-foot building became Ace Screen Supply. The second building and subsidiary gave the business a platform to continue selling its growing lines of apparel decoration equipment and supplies, Diane points out.

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“Today we’re pretty much a full-service transfer house,” she continues, adding that the business now offers essentially all forms of transfers; including screen-printed and sublimated transfers, and heat transfer vinyl.

To mark the milestone, Diane says Ace Transfer plans to host an anniversary celebration July 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at company headquarters. The event features a combination of recreational and educational activities, including food, refreshments, musical entertainment, giveaways, and free training seminars lead by industry suppliers. 

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