A: The first few years, Stan also reffed high school and college games, and his earnings from that sideline work is what paid the bills. It was just the two of us for the first five years, and then only three or four of us until we opened our embroidery room in '99. We added novelty items — like mugs, mouse pads and ink pens — in 2003, but screen printing still represents 70 percent of our business. Today, we average 13 to 16 employees, have thousands of customers, and most of our referrals come word-of-mouth. Annual revenues are $1.6 million.
Q: What have been the toughest times in your business?
A: Surviving two tornadoes. The 1999 tornado peeled the roof off our building and the 2003 tornado caved in our entire roof. In the latter, it was 10 days before we were back in production.
Q: What do you like most about your work?
A: The variety. Because we offer custom work, every job is different in color and style. Last year, we printed Thunder shirts for the playoffs and have printed shirts for OU's national championship football years. The current economy does concern me. But, though we may have to cut back, we work in an industry where there's always a need for the products we have.