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Josiah Blackmore is expanding Red Threads by buying another Midland business, Hanley’s Custom Sports

Josiah Blackmore is expanding Red Threads by buying another Midland business, Hanley's Custom Sports

A young Midland entrepreneur has purchased Hanley’s Custom Sports, a fixture in the Center City commercial district for 14 years.

Josiah Blackmore’s company, Red Threads Print House, a full-service custom screen printing and embroidery business, is taking over the Hanley’s Custom Sports building, located on Saginaw Road between Dartmouth and Rodd streets.

Red Threads is currently located at 616 Haley Street and is looking forward to moving its main offices into Hanley’s old space. It’s part of a company expansion plan that aims to establish a greater foothold in Midland.


“This is great space right in the middle of Midland,” Blackmore said. “This expansion is the result of our company’s growth and desire to work more with the Midland area. Most of our business is done outside of our region, and our future business plan is to have 90% of our business come from around the nation but to have a strong presence here in Midland, our home.”

Blackmore plans to move his main offices into Hanley’s old building on Monday, May 16. His customer service and design staff offices will be housed there.  The storefront will serve as the local point of contact for community members who can walk in, meet with staff, place an order or pick up an order.

“We plan to remodel the space to suit our needs,” Blackmore said. “Our manufacturing for all of our custom prints will be done at another building where there is much more space for equipment and staff.”

Former owner Terry Hanley has spent nearly 20 years in the printing business. His company provided screen printing and embroidery work and also sold sports equipment. Hanley worked with numerous area schools, sports leagues, businesses and corporations.

“When I played sports at Dow High, I was ordering sports apparel from Hanley’s,” Blackmore said. “Terry has done a lot of amazing work for a long time, specializing in sports. I am excited to take care of Hanley’s clients moving forward and hopefully enhance their experience.”

Red Threads plans to offer every one of Hanley’s old clients a free gift package. They can claim it by simply going to www.redthreads.com/hanleys

“Terry and I will be emailing everyone (this) week, as well as social media blasts and phone calls in an effort to let everyone know of this special offer,” Blackmore said.

For his part, Hanley is walking away with no regrets from a business he built from the ground up.

“It was just time,” he said. “I’m ready to do this, ready to move on and try some new things. It’s been a long, fun ride. I’ve met and worked with a lot of good people. I can’t thank all my customers and friends enough for all their support through the years.’

Red Threads’ commitment to Midland and the small business community at large was personified during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The local screen printing and design company launched an “I am Midland” campaign. The fundraising drive provided financial support to hard-hit small businesses through the sale of special edition T-shirts.

“We printed a lot of T-shirts,” Blackmore said. “We raised over $150,000 to help small business here and elsewhere.”

One of the unique characteristics of Red Threads is its online Design on Demand service. According to Blackmore, they can create a design for a customers’ product, whatever it might be, in a fraction of the time of competitors.

“We’re the only print shop in the country doing this,” he said. “We meet customers online via zoom and design their products with them. People have the ability to create original art or modify images they already have. We talk with suppliers about different T-shirts, different sweatshirts. We get everyone involved. We can provide full service in about a half an hour.”

“I’m very comfortable with Josiah taking over,” Hanley said. “My customers will be in good hands.”