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Silk screening professional is now owner of Ultimate Image

September 26, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

He's certainly one of the local "pioneers" of silk screening garments and now he runs the business. John Campbell purchased Ultimate Image in downtown Toledo from Stacy Jimenez in June and is now the soleowner-operator of the store and production facility.

John has been putting his artistic talents to work since high school in silk screening. He's a 1988 South Tama grad, and that makes him a more than 30-year veteran of the trade.

He began working at Sports Shack in downtown Tama during those high school years. He moved on to Zack's Game Bag in Toledo when owner Joe Boll bought the Sports Shack. Stacy Jimenez bought Zack's and eventually relocated on May 12, 2012, from what is now Business Highway 30 west to the 112 East High location under the name Ultimate Image.

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John Campbell on the sales floor of Ultimate Image in downtown Toledo on Thursday, Sept. 12. He bought thee business in June and has been a silk screen artist for more than 30 years.
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The silk screening of garments continues to follow a process of printing out separations and transferring them to the screens.

What has changed in the business over the years is the answer from many whether it be farming or office work: computers.

Campbell hand drew all of his own designs and now they are done exclusively using a computer, but still all are created by him in-house. Some customers, of course, do bring in their own ideas or drawings they want incorporated on anything from shirts and coats to bags and other fabric items, John says.

Since taking over Ultimate Image, John has added to the inventory by increasing the selection of clothing items available.

South Tama, Meskwaki and other area schools are big part of the focus of Ultimate Image's production while many businesses in Tama County rely on Ultimate Image for uniforms and apparel with their customized design.

In addition, vinyl letters used primarily for business window signs and vehicles are produced at the store location.

John is a native of Montour. He has two adult sons and two granddaughters who attend South Tama Elementary School.



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