ABOUT US

In 1984, we decided to chase our dreams. We were two teenagers who wanted to make our own path. We started printing t-shirts in Mark’s parents’ basement to sell in our hometown of Detroit Lakes, MN on our famous mile-long beach. We had a couple of dogs, a homemade plywood printer, two second-hand kitchen ovens and cookie sheets for curing the ink. The product line included a handful of screenprint designs that we sold at our small beach store and custom artwork for local resorts, restaurants, and businesses. We didn’t have many rules back then, other than no beer until after 8 pm, no Frank Zappa while customers were around and lastly, no leaving until the orders were out the door.

Mark and Mike then

We have a little more infrastructure now, including a 325,000 square foot production and warehouse facility, 56 automatic screenprint presses, 32 multi-head embroidery machines, six 60-foot laser applique bridges, three sublimation presses, eight pad print presses, five sticker cutters, and about 8 dogs (give or take). All of this along with over 700 team members allow us to produce up to 35,000 garments a day. We also keep a significant inventory of over 70 unique body styles; many of which are made in the USA and are dyed in our very own dye plant.

Mark and Mike now

We are proud to be one of the top collegiate licensed hot market companies in the country; servicing more than 1,000 colleges and universities. We are also licensed with NCAA National Championships and are the Locker Room Provider for multiple conferences. Ever since the beginning back in 1984, our focus is still on our fantastic customers. We are a wholesale supplier but believe in collaborating with our customers to develop great products and creating relationships that last a lifetime. We strive to exceed not only our customers’ expectations but bring value to all our stakeholders – customers, employees, vendors, owners and the community we call home.

ABOUT US

In 1984, we decided to chase our dreams. We were two teenagers who wanted to make our own path. We started printing t-shirts in Mark’s parents’ basement to sell in our hometown of Detroit Lakes, MN on our famous mile-long beach. We had a couple of dogs, a homemade plywood printer, two second-hand kitchen ovens and cookie sheets for curing the ink. The product line included a handful of screenprint designs that we sold at our small beach store and custom artwork for local resorts, restaurants, and businesses. We didn’t have many rules back then, other than no beer until after 8 pm, no Frank Zappa while customers were around and lastly, no leaving until the orders were out the door.

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Mark and Mike then

Mark and Mike now

We have a little more infrastructure now, including a 325,000 square foot production and warehouse facility, 56 automatic screenprint presses, 32 multi-head embroidery machines, six 60-foot laser applique bridges, three sublimation presses, eight pad print presses, five sticker cutters, and about 8 dogs (give or take). All of this along with over 700 team members allow us to produce up to 35,000 garments a day. We also keep a significant inventory of over 70 unique body styles; many of which are made in the USA and are dyed in our very own dye plant.

We are proud to be one of the top collegiate licensed hot market companies in the country; servicing more than 1,000 colleges and universities. We are also licensed with NCAA National Championships and are the Locker Room Provider for multiple conferences. Ever since the beginning back in 1984, our focus is still on our fantastic customers. We are a wholesale supplier but believe in collaborating with our customers to develop great products and creating relationships that last a lifetime. We strive to exceed not only our customers’ expectations but bring value to all our stakeholders – customers, employees, vendors, owners and the community we call home.

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