Family Owned And Operated since 2002


Howard Custom Transfers, Inc. is a family owned and operated custom heat transfer manufacturing company located in Elgin, Illinois. Partners Jeff Howard and Jim Boynton combine for over 75 years of experience in the custom heat transfer industry.

The Beginning

Jeff and Jim started Howard Custom Transfers, Inc. (formerly Howard Sportswear Graphics Express, Inc.) in May 2002 with the goal of providing the custom heat transfer industry something they felt was lacking: quality products combined with exceptional customer service.

Our first "facility" was owner Jeff Howard's one car garage in Elgin. We started as a small group with a big dream. In the beginning there were many late nights and numerous trips to the local car wash to reclaim screens. Jeff and Jim even hand delivered heat transfers to local customers.

By November 2002, we began to outgrow the garage and mother-nature no longer allowed us to reclaim screens at the car wash. To continue the company's vision, we moved into a small unit in a building in Elgin, about 1,000 square feet. Space and money were tight, but the goal never changed: quality custom heat transfers and exceptional customer service.

Howard Sportswear Graphics Express, Inc.

Company Growth

Jeff's sons, Quintin and Marcus, took an early interest in the company. Also joining the group were a slew of long-time friends of both Jeff and Jim. With a small group of dedicated employees, business took off.

With continued success, we took over more and more space in the building as well as hiring more and more full-time employees. By 2017 we had taken over 18,000 square feet and had welcomed more than 50 team members to the group. It soon became evident we had outgrown our facility.

In July 2017, we moved into a new building located just a mile from the previous building. With over 25,000 square feet of space, our team was able to design a shop and office space to specifically fit our company's needs. With Howard Custom Transfers niche in the custom heat transfer industry being fast turnaround, this new building has allowed us to maximize our efficiency and workflow.

Looking Forward

We have experienced exceptional growth and success since those early years in the garage, but it hasn't been without an immense amount of dedication and hard work. With a new building and a committed team, we look forward to continuing Jeff and Jim's original dream: providing the custom heat transfer industry with quality custom heat transfers combined with exceptional customer service.