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, on our famous mile-long beach. We had a couple of dogs, a homemade plywood printer, two secondhand 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.
We have a few more rules now, but we’re still focused on wowing our customers. Today, we have grown to over 400 team members, six dogs, one superhero and more than 10,000 satisfied customers. What started in that basement next to the lake has grown to a 275,000 square foot production and warehouse facility. The single plywood printer has been replaced by 36 automatic screenprint presses, 28 multi-head embroidery machines, six 60-foot laser applique bridges, three sublimation presses and four direct-to-garment digital presses.
After 33 years in business, our focus is still on our fantastic customers. We are a wholesale supplier, but believe in collaborating with our customers to develop great products, 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.
Mike & Mark
Lifelong Friends & CEO’s