His name has been synonymous with the textile industry in Northfield for 40 years. Now her stepson is following the same path of success to a “T”
With over 30 years of experience in the t-shirt business, Jeremy Drown decided to strike out on his own last September and launch Cardinal Point screen printing and embroidery. “I want to be able to give my clients all the options available to them,” Drown said.
He tries to follow in the footsteps of his former employer, mentor and father-in-law Barry Chouinard. Chouinard ran Comfort Colors for decades until 2015 in the same building where Cardinal Point now operates. He died in November 2016.
“As long as I am alive, my father-in-law’s name remains on the building,” Drown said.
Drown began by acquiring digital printers. But there are jobs a digital printer just can’t do, which is why they have old-school screen printing equipment. Businesses and organizations as far away as Texas have sought to put their logo front and center, or perhaps a little off center.
“If anyone wants a shirt for a kid’s birthday party, I’ll make it. I don’t have a minimum,” Drown said.
For the first few months of business, it was just t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts, but then came the pandemic. Like many other companies with the capabilities, Drown’s attention has turned to masks. He and his staff have made over 7,000, donating them to local health care and long-term care facilities. “And I would do it again. Regardless of the circumstances, because where you work and the community you work in — that should come first,” he said.
Making masks wasn’t the only thing Cardinal Point was doing during the shutdown. They raised nearly $1,000 for Meals on Wheels and provided 440 chicken dinners to community members in May.
“Northfield is my home. So anything I can do for the community, I will do,” Drown said.
At Cardinal Point Serigraphy and Embroidery, you can find a T-shirt in any size. But for the family behind the products made here, concern for community is out of this world.