Behind the List with Karen Philip of Kinteco Screen Printing

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Managing a business takes hard work, dedication and passion.

Managing a business takes hard work, dedication and passion.

No one knows that more than the operators of small businesses, which are the backbone of America’s economy and make up the majority of its workforce.

Women have become a big part of that backbone, running all kinds of businesses from big to small. Karen Philip of Kinteco Screen Printing in Temple is one of those women.

Here to answer this week’s “Behind the List” questions is Philip, owner of Kinteco.

Lehigh Valley Business: How long has Kinteco Screen Printing been operating in the region and what are its primary services?

Karen Philip: We began in my parents’ basement in 1984, having grown to our present location on Kutztown Road in Temple.

We began with a homemade screen printing press. Having since added two automatic presses, three manual presses for a niche market of Lycra/swimsuit printing. We also added a Tajima six-head embroidery machine.

LVB: What have been some of the biggest hardships and opportunities that Kinteco has encountered throughout its years in business?

Philip: I believe the biggest hardship has been the recession. Several of our clients were hard hit and had to close their businesses.

At that time, we had to rethink our business model. An opportunity to purchase another screen printer with a large market of contract printing. This opened up many doors to allow us to screen print and embroider for manufacturers, other screen printers as well as advertising specialty companies.

Christopher Holland
Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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