We can produce up to 300,000 shirts a year from our facility!
We like to think we live and work in the most beautiful place in the world. Vancouver Island is a natural paradise of fresh air, ocean shorelines, lush green forests, and friendly communities.
In 2009, shortly after we bought the company (see About HNG), we moved from one of those friendly Island communities, Sidney-by-the-sea (pop. 11,500), to an even smaller one: Cobble Hill.
A pretty village of fewer than 2,000 people, Cobble Hill is a surrounded by farmland, vineyards, and parks. If you like trivia, this is where parts of the 1994 movie Little Women was filmed.
But the real reason for the move was that we needed more space! More warehouse space, because we keep our shelves fully stocked and ready to fill your order. More showroom space because we love it when people stop by to say hello and check out our designs. More office and shipping space, because we do a lot of packaging and that requires elbowroom. And, most importantly, more space so we could install our very own equipment and do all of the screen-printing ourselves.
Recycling is an important part of daily life, here on Vancouver Island and in our facility. We recycle every scrap of paper and cardboard we come across, and we use recycled products whenever we can. We also have a special process and container for cleaning screens that captures all the wastewater for proper, environmentally safe disposal.
Last but never least, our facility has a coffee area, complete with top-quality brew. This is where we gather to celebrate Fritter Fridays with those deliciously sweet, golden fritters from our friends at Island Bakery.
So while we screen-print and ship out as many as 300,000 T-shirts and sweatshirts a year, every single one goes through this facility, personally handled by our efficient, professional — and sometimes a bit quirky — team.
The Process: How it's Made
The artist creates the design in concert with us. The artwork is then separated into layers of colour by the artist who made it or by another artist; this is quite a technical process.
Using Photoshop, the colour layers are made into film, which is printed and exposed, and then put onto a screen.
The screen is put into one of the two presses so we can experiment with the inks to get the correct colour formula.
The correct formula is documented and kept on file along with the film and all the information about how to print that shirt. We have literally hundreds and hundreds of designs on file.
The shirts are printed and then go through a dryer until the colour has cured.
The shirt is then folded and boxed either for shipping out immediately or for stocking in our warehouse in anticipation of an order.