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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 the end product more professional. In 2006, embroidery was added as an apparel decorating option. Business was once again growing fast 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, 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.
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 at a rapid pace, 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. They also invested in new technologies that would make them even better at serving their customers. In December of 2015, TEE-Riffik made its largest investment to date 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 at a faster pace.
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.
In 2018, the addition of more staff played a key roll in the further growth of the business. As the company moved forward into the contract printing space, more help was needed in both the embroidery and the screen printing departments. Additional equipment was also needed to keep up with that demand.
2019 saw continued improvement in all areas to the point where the company had now outgrown their current location and was looking for a new building to house their operations. A different marketing approach and the acquisition of a few new contract customers made 2019 the best year in their company's history.
Looking back, 2020 was both an exciting and a challenging year for TEE-Riffik. In February, they made their biggest advancement in company history with the purchase of their new 7000 square foot shop and office location. New offerings and client expansion were being put into place in hopes of their best year ever. Then the pandemic of 2020 hit. In April, they were one of the businesses on the non-essential business list and were forced to temporarily shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In May of 2020 they opened back up and began looking for ways to continue to do business at their previous level. Many of their clients were experiencing slow or no business also, but TEE-Riffik pushed forward anyway with new offerings and ideas. This helped their customers as well as helped them end their year on a high note in spite of all that was going on in the world.
Remaining optimistic for 2021, TEE-Riffik will continue to improve their processes, invest in their customers and advance their business forward.