EASTLAKE, Ohio – Holiday shopping is underway and retailers are bracing for strong online sales due to the pandemic. But did you know that much of the clothing you order online is likely made and shipped right here to your home in Northeast Ohio?
Stakes Manufacturing is a fast growing Eastlake company competing against an industry giant.
“Our main competitor in this industry, in this country, is Amazon,” said Christopher Marinin, managing director of Stakes Manufacturing.
Marinin is used to big challenges.
“The pandemic has taken its toll on everyone,” he said.
As managing director of Stakes Manufacturing, Marinin’s digital printing company has gone from painful time off at the start of the pandemic to 500% workforce growth, he said.
“I went from 47 employees in April to now over 280 in just six months,” Marinin said.
It’s a direct effect of the pandemic, which is changing the way Americans do most of their shopping.
Data shows online sales are currently up more than 40% year over year with no signs of slowing down.
“So people are sitting at home ordering t-shirts or hoodies and those orders are coming straight to us,” Marinin explained.
Stakes is a print-on-demand business. Their high-tech digital printing machines can pump out hundreds of personalized and unique garments.
“We are so lucky to have these machines,” Marinin said. “They come straight from Israel and that’s what gives us a very strategic advantage for growth.”
Stakes manages inventory and shipping for e-commerce sites of professional sports teams, entertainment organizations, celebrities and more.
“You’ve seen our products that we print literally all over the United States, you can’t miss them,” he said.
But Marinin is also proud of the inclusive workforce that Stakes has created.
“You will see all ages, races, genders and identities here,” he said. “It’s a very open environment. We are pro-LGBTQ. We are disability-friendly and we employ people from all types of communities, including the deaf community. “
Hallie Perrin, director of customer services, said she enjoys Spirit Week and the focus on employee and product well-being.
“It’s really cool to be a part of something in Northeast Ohio that’s impacting the world,” Perrin said.
Stakes Manufacturing currently employs 80 to 100 people, as well as an additional 50 seasonal workers. As a seasonal worker, if you work the entire period from November to December, you will earn a bonus of $ 500.
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