Bay Area Founded Printing Business Expands

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Bay Area founded printing business, Merch Department, expands its facilities and outreach in the Bay Area.

Merch Department, a B2B screen printing and embroidery business originally started in 2007, has moved into a new facility in Concord, CA. The company's partnership with first ever AMA and World Champion Brad Lackey has led to expansion of business assets, infrastructure, and most importantly, a new production house. Similar to your Accounting or HR department, the business acts as the Merch Department for large businesses in the Bay Area.

Founder Kris McAlavey became interested in the print industry while in college studying communications and marketing. His advertising and consumer behavior classes allowed him to explore branding a mock clothing brand. Since then, he has worked to set a foundation to break into an industry that many have been unsuccessful in. McAlavey explains, "A lot of people try printing because it seems fun or cool, but it is a production based business, which means you can't cut any steps out of the process and you need to have a talented team whose core competency is in application."

McAlavey's attention to detail and ability to deliver has landed him top clients such as Bacardi, Comcast, Genentech, Gordon Biersch, Facebook and Time Warner to name a few. Over the last eight years, McAlavey has traveled to top production houses throughout the States, as well as working with textile facilities in Mexico, India, and China to study best practices for his craft. This experience has authenticated him as a key player for printing in the Bay Area, a region he feels confident about coming from. McAlavey reflects, "Growing up in Silicon Valley has set a high standard of excellence for me. I believe our business will continue to grow because our final products are spot on and our team understands what it takes to deliver. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in our business."

About Merch Department

As a trusted provider of branding, marketing and uniform solutions, Merch Department has worked to redefine the benchmarks of service and quality. By investing in our employees, our equipment, and our relationships we continue to provide our customers with on-time deliveries of defect-free product at competitive prices. In both administration and manufacturing, Merch Department is creating a culture of precision that will continuously improve and evolve as they continue to become a top production house. For more information please visit

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