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Cedar Rapids Screen Printer Pivots to Screen Print Face Masks

Cedar Rapids company creates custom branded face masks to help area businesses
come back online in a safe manner amid COVID-19

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA—MAY 29, 2020—Bimm Ridder Sportswear, a Cedar Rapids-based screen printing business has announced the launch of custom branded face masks to provide businesses with an opportunity to get their brands in front of customers while complying with public health recommendations. Spring is typically the start of Bimm Ridder’s busy season. The company has been a long-time provider of apparel and headwear for Minor and Major League sports teams, including baseball. This year, however, with COVID-19 affecting the baseball season, Bimm Ridder’s revenue stream was impacted significantly.

For co-owner, Gary Ficken, this is not the first time he and the company have weathered challenges. In 2008, a historical flood ravaged downtown Cedar Rapids, where Bimm Ridder operates. Ficken helped to rally the City’s business owners and participated on a task force that led to the recovery and rebuilding of Cedar Rapids’ small businesses. Now, his business is faced with an even bigger challenge as his customers are also affected by this situation.

“When we faced the flood of 2008, we thought that was a disaster,” said Gary Ficken, Co-Owner of Bimm Ridder. “COVID-19 makes the flood seem like a picnic. This pandemic essentially stopped all events for which we supply apparel. We had to think of something that used our capabilities and that is in need during this time. These masks are a way to keep our employees working, and at the same time, provide a customized item that businesses need to purchase anyway.”

The customizable face masks are 3-ply, with 4-way stretch ear loops. They come in a few color combinations and can be custom screen printed with a business’ logo. Bimm Ridder can accommodate any order size from small to large volume. Businesses interested in purchasing, should contact Bimm Ridder at 800-388-3479 or gficken@bimmridder.com.

About Bimm Ridder Sportswear

Bimm Ridder Sportswear, based in Cedar Rapids, IA, is an apparel and headwear provider for Major and Minor League teams and retail stores from coast to coast. For the past 32 years, the Bimm Ridder team has delivered on a variety of trendy and time-proven styles, with exclusive designs customizable for your team or event. Bimm Ridder is a proud licensee of MLB, MiLB, ALPB, AHL, ECHL and USL. Bimm Ridder is also licensed with the University of Iowa. For more information, visit bimmridder.com.