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On October 1, 2000, John and Penny Sproull started TEE-Riffik with a few small pieces of equipment and a goal. That goal was to be the best t-shirt printer in the area and to make it easy for customers to purchase printed apparel and promotional products. However, being newbies in the industry, there were many bumps and learning challenges along the way. In spite of their "newness" to the industry, the business grew at a rapid pace even though it was part-time.
Over the next few years as new customers were acquired, new equipment was purchased that made the process better and more professional. In 2006, embroidery was added as an apparel decorating option, business skyrocketed, and a decision had to be made. So, in September of 2006, John quit his full time job of 15 years and began to focus his efforts on the business full time. A few years later, due to the volume of work that was now coming in, Penny quit her job to focus all her efforts on the business as well.
Over the next several years, additional equipment was added that would help the business grow even more. The addition of multi head embroidery machines, a heat press, vinyl cutter, dye-sublimation printer, and high end design software positioned them as real players in the decorated apparel and promotional products industry and propelled them to their biggest growth year ever.
In 2009, TEE-Riffik purchased the rights to and all assets from the Stitchers Mound in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. With the buy out, TEE-Riffik gained additional pieces of equipment and customers that moved them to even greater success.
Over the next few years, they continued to grow, making shop improvements through expansion and new offerings.
At the beginning of 2015, TEE-Riffik took another step forward with the addition of staff to assist with the day to day operations in the office and shop as well as the new technologies that would make them even better.
In December 2015, TEE-Riffik made its largest investment and purchased an automatic screen printing machine. This machine allowed them to further expand by enabling them to take on larger orders and fulfill their existing orders more quickly.
In the fall of 2017, they once again moved forward and added new Barudan commercial embroidery machines that would allow them to expand their customer base and offer both retail and contract work.
Always pushing the envelope and never being satisfied, TEE-Riffik continues to look for opportunities to grow and expand so they can take care of their most valued asset, their customers.