ROSELLE, Ill.-The M&R Companies releases a video profile focused on Chicago-based screen printing shop, Rags of Honor. The video features shop founder Mark Doyle explaining the shop’s origins and initiatives. Doyle started the shop after spending a year in Afghanistan serving on an anti-corruption task force. After returning home to the U.S., Doyle decided to start a screen printing business as a way of confronting unemployment, suicide rates, and homelessness that he observed among returning military veterans.
Doyle began his business by putting six veterans on his payroll and spent the initial eight months training them on a small, rented manual press in the basement of a former Marine who was also experienced in the screen printing field. Doyle adopted the motto: “They had our backs. Let’s keep the shirt on theirs,” to reinforce the concern for veterans, and elected to print on American-made shirts.
The company has since grown, thanks to professional training and equipment donated to Rags of Honor. Doyle and his staff now operate a bustling business with an automatic press in a 1,000 sq. ft. facility that prints shirts for local businesses, the NFL, and Big Ten conference schools.
“The mission is simple: be the largest employer of homeless veterans in the country,” comments Doyle in the video. “But we’re going to take all veterans if they need a job.”
Watch the full video above to learn more about the Rags of Honor story.