Hanes Adds Rhode Island Distributor To T-shirt Hall Of Fame

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Hanes Branded Printwear (UPIC: HBIINC) has inducted Rick Roth of Pawtucket, Rhode Island distributor Mirror Image (UPIC: M565328) to the Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt Hall of Fame. The Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt Hall of Fame, located at the HanesBrands headquarters in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, recognizes individuals and companies that have built their businesses around the Beefy-T T-shirt, using creativity, business savvy and dedication. Hanes recognized Roth during a celebration event at the recent Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) in Long Beach, California.

“Rick has been an integral part of the decorated apparel industry for decades,” says Rachel Newman, director of sales and marketing for Hanes Branded Printwear. “With his artistry, curiosity and his drive for perfection, he opened new avenues for apparel decoration and helped elevate it to a craft. For Rick, the Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt has always been more than just a T-shirt: It is a canvas for his designs.”

Roth and the Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt celebrated their 40th anniversaries in the industry in 2015, and Roth designed a limited-edition 40th anniversary Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt. In celebration of his induction, Hanes donated a check in Roth’s name to New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, an organization he has supported for many years.

“I've tried to make the world a better place, whether the world in general or the world of screen printing for that matter,” said Roth. “I think that resonates with people, and most people want to do good things.”

Past inductees into the Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt Hall of Fame include Eskimo Joe’s, The Salty Dog Café, RK Stratman, The Graphic Cow and Matsumoto Shave Ice.

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