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Community Spotlight: Gumdrops


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Many children in the Southern Illinois area have trouble obtaining academic success because they have limited or no access to food.  Gumdrops, a non-profit organization in Carterville, Illinois is on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children. Volunteers for Gumdrops assist with filling backpacks with child-friendly food for children to help alleviate this problem in our community. Mindy Combs and the employees of First Southern Bank have been involved with Gumdrops for the past several years.  Their involvement does not stop at writing a check. First Southern Bank employees participate in fundraisers and also help out at the Gum Drop Packing Station. “We will be hosting a food drive for Gumdrops at all 15 First Southern Bank locations, beginning on June 11 and running until June 24,” says Mindy, “Encouraging employees and customers to get involved and donate items.” Gumdrops opened their doors in 2008.  Since Gumdrops has been established, 1,400 at-risk children have been fed every week of the school year. “Gumdrops makes a huge impact in the community,” says Mindy, “The program assists with a problem that people don’t like to think about, the problem of childhood hunger.” Hunger is alive and it’s right here in our community. Gumdrops steps in and makes sure that these children have food to take home and eat. Gumdrops fed 41,041 children in 2012, their record year.  Currently, Gumdrops is associated with 12 school districts and 36 schools in Southern Illinois. Summer months are even harder for food pantries due to the fact that children are out of school. First Southern Bank sponsors the June 24th game of Knock Hunger Out of the Park this summer.  All donations collected from June 11-June 24 and the donations collected at the June 24th Southern Illinois Miners game will be given to Gumdrops. [...]

Customer Spotlight: RSP Heating & Cooling


Jun 7, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

RSP Heating & Cooling was founded in 2004 by Jim Weihl.  Jim established RSP with the mission to provide Southern Illinois with a heating and cooling company that treats clients with Respect, Sincerity, and Professionalism.  Since 2004, RSP has grown to become the largest Trane dealer in the Southern Illinois area. RSP Heating & Cooling employs a fantastic staff of technicians, client care representatives, and comfort consultants with years of experience and education in the heating and cooling industry. At RSP Heating and Cooling, values define the character of their organization. The entire team constantly strives to lead their industry in client satisfaction, provide outstanding career opportunities for people with great attitudes, exceed the industry standards of professionalism and above all always do what is in their client’s best interest. Over the years, RSP Heating & Cooling has relied on Silkworm for custom apparel, promotional products and signage. “The items Silkworm provides for us keep our image cohesive and professional,” says Nicole Weihl  “Their customer service goes above and beyond.  We’re also very appreciative of the product donations they have made to our Folds of Honor charity golf tournaments over the years.” In addition to providing excellent customer service and quality work, RSP Heating & Cooling has built an awesome reputation for giving back and being active in the communities they serve. “Our community has really embraced RSP during our first decade of business.  From Mounds to Mt. Vernon and all the cities in between, Southern Illinois has supported us and helped us keep growing year after year,” says Nicole “the Tri-C area has specifically been a huge source of support for us.” On Wednesday, June 10th, RSP Heating & Cooling will sponsor Knock Hunger Out of the Park with the Southern Illinois Miners to help stock the shelves for Carterville United Community Pantry. “We’re thrilled [...]

Customer Spotlight: Farmer’s State Bank


May 26, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Farmers State Bank is an independent bank with locations in Marion, Harrisburg and Alto Pass, serving the community with over 50 employees. Farmers State Bank helps their customers organize and simplify all of their personal and financial needs with accounts and services. Charles Holland, President of Farmers State Bank first started doing business with Silkworm 10 years ago. “I first came to Silkworm because of their quality work and design,” says Charles, “but after our first order, I continued to see how Silkworm goes above and beyond every time we are in need of custom apparel or promotional products.” Charles especially loves the easy ordering process Silkworm provides. “All it takes is a quick phone call to our outstanding Silkworm Sales Rep” says Charles. Farmers State Bank built their business on the value of community support. They joined Knock Hunger Out of the Park because they want to help keep pantries’ shelves stocked in the summer months. Farmers State Bank’s Assistant VP of Business Development, Mary Jo McCurdy believes that this event allows their organization to support the community that supports them. “Community support is a value we have built our business on,” says McCurdy, “And we want to take action and create awareness for those that cannot afford the basic need of food.” Farmers State Bank sponsors the June 3rd Knock Hunger event. All donations collected at the Farmers locations as well as at the June 3rd game will be donated to the Lighthouse Shelter in Marion, IL.

Customer Spotlight: Run to Succeed


Apr 23, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Run To Succeed, located in Herrin, Illinois is a premier race management and timing business.  Their services cover the Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Southeast Missouri areas.  They are now in the process of expanding to a national level with their virtual race series. Run To Succeed operates with one full-time employee and owner, Tim Jarvis, four part time employees and multiple volunteers. Tim and his team host multiple races throughout the year, including 5Ks, 10Ks, Half-Marathons and Marathons.  The races benefit select charities including, but not limited to, the Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude, Children’s Research Hospital and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Run To Succeed has two different fitness challenges each year: The 500 Mile Challenge and the Grand Slam Challenge. This year Run To Succeed is hosting a virtual race series with participants from all over the United States. “We offer race timing services for multiple races throughout our geographical region,” Tim states, “as well as race management services to other race directors.” Run To Succeed’s race management services include marketing, online registration, course design and much more. Tim has been a customer of Silkworm since he started Run To Succeed in the Spring of 2014.  He appreciates that Silkworm is a large supporter of the fitness community. “I chose Silkworm because of their reputation as being a professional company,” Tim states, “they offer professional services and advice.” Tim believes Silkworm offers a wide array of apparel and other products to suit his business needs. “I will continue to do business with Silkworm,” Tim says, “Silkworm provides my business with artwork, graphic design, apparel and promotional items that are of high quality at an affordable rate.” Tim considers Silkworm’s ordering process time, regardless of order quantity, as second to none. Tim believes Silkworm’s employee professionalism and expert advice gathered from [...]

Customer Spotlight: Denise McDowell


Apr 13, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

The Murphysboro Apple Festival is an event that Southern Illinoisans look forward to every September.  Over 45,000 people attend this event each year. The Festival’s Grand Parade features 25 local marching bands as well a variety of groups and organizations.  The Parade is considered to be one of the largest parades in Southern Illinois. Denise McDowell works with the Murphysboro Apple Festival Emporium where t-shirts, sweatshirts and other apple-themed souvenirs are sold. The Apple Festival Emporium sits in the midst of the carnival area, where you can find many items that serve as reminders of the great time you had at the Festival each year. The 2015 Apple Festival starts on September 16th and will run through the 19th.  There are numerous events such as the Golf Pro-Am, Queen’s Tea, Window Display Contest, Gospel Sing and many more. Denise and her team have been purchasing t-shirts and other promotional products from Silkworm for 15 plus years.  The Apple Festival and Silkworm have a long term, continuing relationship. The Annual Apple Festival is the perfect opportunity to engage the people of Southern Illinois and Silkworm takes great pride in participating in the festival each year. “We chose Silkworm,” Denise states, “because it is a local business and supporter of the Apple Festival.” Silkworm has been a part of the Apple Festival since 1981, actively involved in the Apple Butter and Apple Pie Contest every year. Silkworm provides participant gifts for this event. Last year Silkworm provided custom tea towels and the participants loved them. Denise works closely with is VP of Sales and Marketing, Cheryl Endres every year. “I work with Cheryl to get the designs for our posters, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other souvenirs” Denise states. Silkworm helps Denise and her team brainstorm five or six new adult designs, in addition [...]

Customer Spotlight: Start Seeing Pink


Mar 25, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

The Student Center on the SIUC campus is a high traffic building on a daily basis. Beth Alongi, the Student Center’s Assistant Director of Marketing knows how important the Student Center is to the student body. As well as serving SIUC students, Beth and the rest of the team are involved in many fundraising events around campus. The Student Center recently worked closely with other campus departments to do a breast cancer awareness campaign in October. The proceeds went into the newly created Saluki Strength Breast Cancer Scholarship. You can check out the Start Seeing Pink campaign at http://studentcenter.siu.edu/activities/pink.html Just this past year, the Student Center and the rest of campus came together for the Saluki Strength cause. “As a group,” says Beth, “awareness to our events becomes much more effective.” Beth and the team understand how important it is to come together as a whole to get the best results. The SIU Student Center has partnered with Silkworm for years. “This is a testament to Silkworm’s quality of work,” says Beth, “as they try to keep our relationship a great, ongoing partnership.” For the Start Seeing Pink fundraiser, the committee consisting of members from all over campus presented the idea of selling shirts and remembrance bracelets for the fundraiser. Silkworm met with Beth and the team to work out all of the details of the online store. “Because we’ve worked with Silkworm for years,” says Beth, “they often know what we need before we do!” Silkworm is known for providing great service to all of their customers. “They explained all the options,” Beth states, “showed us samples and really walked us through the entire process.” When purchasing apparel for fundraisers and give-a-ways, the process can be very tiring. Silkworm tries to make the process much easier! “Silkworm knows SIU,” [...]

Customer Spotlight: This Able Veteran


Mar 23, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Carbondale, IL local This Able Veteran, has been a customer of Silkworm since 2011, ordering custom apparel for their many fundraising events solely from Silkworm throughout the year. This Able Veteran is a service dog organization that provides trained service dogs and a Trauma Resiliency Program to veterans suffering from psychological and physical injuries as a result of their service. This Able Veteran additionally has pioneered anxiety alerts in service dogs, teach a PTSD Service Dog Trainer Academy to instruct more people on how to better train service dogs and have partnered with Clinical Outcomes Group and SIU Carbondale to study the efficacy of their work. The organization first started doing business with Silkworm because of their familiarity with Silkworm from working on other projects in other capacities. Michelle, Vice President and Marketing Director of This Able Veteran highly recommends Silkworm. This Able Veteran orders items such as custom designed t-shirts, hoodies and other branded merchandise for their events. “Silkworm has quality products, knowledgeable staff, convenience,” says Michelle, “Competitive price and an ability to make quick turnaround when required.” This Able Veteran organizes events to fundraise for their cause. In previous years fundraising efforts have included a variety of fundraisers including motorcycle runs, speaking engagements and t-shirt/hoodie promotions. This Able Veteran continues to do business with Silkworm for multiple reasons. “The products we receive from Silkworm are high-quality,” says Michelle, “The staff is easy to work with and the cost is comparable to any other place you shop for custom apparel.” Our supporters have come to know that when we are offering an item, it is going to be a high-quality item. We have had nothing but compliments on the quality of merchandise we offer. Motorcycle runs have been held by various motorcycle clubs in Southern Illinois including the Leathernecks [...]

Customer Spotlight: American Cancer Society


Mar 16, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

The American Cancer Society has worked relentlessly to help people who are affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society is not only for those with the disease, but is for those who are indirectly affected by cancer. Before working for the American Cancer Society, Ian Reinhart had little fundraising background.   He is now the Community Manager for the four Relay For Life events throughout Southern Illinois. Relay For Life is a special way to raise awareness and generate funds for cancer research. ACS allows friends and supporters to celebrate the survivors, remember those who lost their lives and take action against the disease. In recent months, the American Cancer Society raised $2,332 for the Perry County Relay For Life in a relatively short amount of time.  Silkworm is proud to support ACS in their fundraising efforts. You can learn more about the American Cancer Society as well as find ways to get involved at http://www.cancer.org/ Ian and his team, work hard to fight the battle against cancer in Southern Illinois. “My volunteers and I put on four Relays throughout Southern Illinois;” says Ian, “However, we do a lot of fundraising leading up to those events as well.” The American Cancer Society has worked with Silkworm on several fundraising projects, but Ian just started working with Silkworm this past year. “I had heard great things about Silkworm from other staff members,” Ian states, “I really needed some guidance on the specific project I was working on. Silkworm took some time to talk to me about my best options and really coached me through the entire process.” At Silkworm, we want to not only meet but to exceed our customers’ expectations. We believe in creating advocates and working together to serve the community. Ian’s favorite part of the ordering experience is Silkworm’s willingness [...]

Customer Spotlight: E.T. Simonds


Feb 23, 2015 Customer Spotlight Comments are off

Laura Wilson, Human Resources Manager at E.T. Simonds is a proud supporter of Silkworm, Inc. E.T. Simonds Construction is a heavy highway and bridge building company that does commercial and private asphalt work. E.T. Simonds has around 75 full time employees and average an additional 300 seasonal workers during the summer months. E.T. Simonds is located in Carbondale but their work area stretches from 1-64 south and river to river in Illinois. E.T. Simonds has been a customer of Silkworm for 20 years and Silkworm is their go-to resource for Employee Incentive items. Silkworm has been helping E.T. Simonds promote safe work environments, raise awareness of safety guidelines, motivate employees to put safety first and encourage employees with incentives to reach safety goals. Silkworm has helped E.T. Simonds choose the right items for safety programs and deliver them as needed. E.T. Simonds’ safety incentive program has been well received by its employees. “Our safety programs have built company loyalty,” says Laura “we have seen a decrease in accidents and injuries since we began the programs.” Because of a strong safety program, E.T. Simonds has been able to save in workman’s compensation insurance costs and draw more attention to safety rules.  “It is very clear that our employees keep track of their progress and know when incentives are due,” says Laura “they are very enthusiastic about getting their items.” E.T. Simonds orders a wide variety of products for their safety programs from Silkworm, from sweatshirts and jackets to pocketknives and coffee mugs. Silkworm offers hats, coolers, multi-tools, lights, dress shirts and tumblers amongst hundreds of items to boost safety awareness. Laura and E.T. Simonds continue to do business with Silkworm because of its reliability and quality. “Silkworm is locally owned, provides great customer service and high quality products,” says Laura “I am [...]

Customer Spotlight First Southern Bank


Feb 2, 2015 Customer Spotlight , , , , , , , , , Comments are off

Mindy Combs, Vice President and Marketing Director of First Southern Bank is a proud customer of Silkworm.  First Southern Bank is a well-established banking institution, employing 175 personnel, with 15 locations in Southern Illinois. Currently First Southern Bank has locations in Marion, Carbondale, Grand Tower, Murphysboro, Carterville, Herrin, Royalton, Creal Springs, Carrier Mills, and Eldorado. First Southern Bank is locally owned and operated, with a strong financial history and even stronger personal ties to the community. First Southern Bank has been a loyal customer of Silkworm for 15 years and continues to come back because of Silkworm’s commitment to quality service and their enthusiasm towards the community. Being a locally owned and operated bank, Mindy, as well as the staff at First Southern Bank, feel it is important to keep business local.  Doing business with companies that share our values, is important to First Southern Bank.  Giving back to the communities is a strong suit for both First Southern Bank and Silkworm, both companies  being similar in their commitment to the communities they live, work, and play in. Mindy loves Silkworm’s dependability and knowledge of products. “Silkworm is very quick to answer any questions,” states Mindy “they always provide First Southern Bank with excellent customer service and amazing product knowledge.” So what makes Silkworm different than other businesses?  According to Mindy and her experience in doing business with us, she says that the friendly atmosphere at Silkworm makes the business stand out from other businesses.  Providing a high-level of customer service is something that First Southern Bank prides themselves on, when dealing with area businesses it’s nice to see the same high-level of customer service offered. Each order Mindy places with Silkworm is an enjoyable one and she enjoys the passion each employee emits while working for his or her customers. [...]