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2018: A New Space

2018: A New Space

Spectrum officially moves into the flagship location – tripling production space and hiring capabilities. Client list has grown to include: Uber, Google, NYU Langone Medical Center, Northwell Health, St. John’s University Law School, and MTA Metro North. At year’s end, Spectrum Designs impacted the lives of 70 individuals and their families and created over 15,000 paid hours of meaningful work for individuals with Autism.

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2017 –History & Evolution

2017 –History & Evolution

Spectrum officially owns a building – 366 Main Street in Port Washington, NY. Thanks to successful fundraising events and the Believe Capital Expansion Campaign, Phase II – construction and renovation begins. Spectrum Designs shows growth of almost 60% from 2016 and adds $1,000,000 in sales. The apparel business finishes the year at $2.4M in gross sales.. Metro-North Railroad hires Spectrum to create 5,000 Hi-Visibility safety jackets in bright orange for its railroad employees. Working in a…

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2016: New Enterprises and Dreams of a Building

2016: New Enterprises and Dreams of a Building

Affiliate businesses – Spectrum Bakes and Spectrum Suds are now established brand identities with happy, repeat customers. Spectrum Designs shows growth of almost 50% from 2015. Adding $500,000 in sales, the apparel business finishes the year at over $1.4m in gross sales and  gained several new major customers, including a first-of-its-kind partnership with Autism Speaks for their national walk program –  printing & shipping over 54,000 shirts across all 50 states. Designs offered 320 hours a week of paid employment to 19 young adults with Autism – a 130% increase from 2015. In partnership with the Nicholas Center, an increase of 66% to 580 hours a week of authentic vocational training was provided to 31 high school students. Spectrum’s total reach – 60 individuals and their families, a 40% increase from the previous year. The possibility of purchasing a building becomes reality. The Believe Capital Expansion Campaign is launched. Discussions and negotiations follow, a contract is signed and Spectrum acquires a 7,500 square foot building just steps away from the current location.

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2015: Spectrum Designs goes ‘Automatic’

2015: Spectrum Designs goes ‘Automatic’

Addition of an automatic print press updates our screen printing technology. Production dramatically increased by 500%. Upgrade in equipment created more hours of direct labor for our employees by increasing output capacity and allowing Spectrum to be more competitive on price, volume and consistency. Two new full time employees are hired; a screen print machine operator and a direct to garment machine operator through ACCES-VR.

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2014: Spectrum Doubles Sales for Second Time

2014: Spectrum Doubles Sales for Second Time

Spectrum Designs first annual Golf Outing raises $50,000 in September 2014. Spectrum doubles its sales AGAIN! With gross sales of almost $500,000, In 2014 Spectrum becomes the go-to T-shirt printing and apparel customization business for most of the school districts and big businesses in the area. Plans for further expansion have already begun.

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2013: Growth Leads to Another Move

2013: Growth Leads to Another Move

Doubling our service capacity and tripling our sales, we move to a new 1500 square foot location in the Community Chest building in Port Washington. Spectrum’s annual sales reach the $250,000 mark. Spectrum Designs invests in state-of-the-art embroidery, digital and screen printing technology that our highly trained workers operate. From hooping to thread breaks, new skills are taught to participants and another string is operated from Spectrum’s bow. Our second social media campaign: ‘United Spectrum of the World’, gets people from all over the WORLD involved. With snaps from Afghanistan to Zurich we had a different country represented every day for a whole month!

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2012: New Location

2012: New Location

Spectrum grows to offer more than 10 teens with autism gainful employment by producing customized apparel and gains the support of families, community members and local schools. Buoyed by this success Spectrum and the Nicholas Center make their first major purchase – a 500 sq ft building (The House!) where a whole room(!) could be devoted to Spectrum operations, while the Nicholas Center conducts life skills classes upstairs.

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2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

2011: Spectrum Designs Begins

The sudden and unfortunate passing of Paul C. Kitsos opened the door for his family to leave a legacy in his name. Named after his one and only child, the Nicholas Center for Autism was born, along with its employment initiative, Spectrum Designs Foundation. Co-founders Stella Spanakos, Nicole Sugrue and Patrick Bardsley form a pilot program with a skeleton crew, 2 teens with autism and 1 piece of equipment in a converted barn in the back of Stella’s Long…

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