R&J Screenprinting and Embroidery began in April of 1989 when Robin purchased a bingo mat printing business. Robin printed these bingo mats in a 1 ½ car garage in Rose City, MI and shipped them to bingo suppliers across the country.
Soon after acquiring the bingo mats, customers began to ask for other items such as hats and shirts. After researching the equipment needed and purchasing it, the screenprinting business began.
Robin met Dave in the spring of 1992, and by the time they married in December, he was a full time partner in the business. It wasn’t long before the business began to grow to the point that it soon had overtaken the garage and a good portion of our home!
In 1994 Robin and Dave obtained their first Michigan Lottery shirt contract. Soon 10,000 t-shirts had piled up in the house, and as soon as those were delivered, another 10,000 shirts arrived. Since that first order, R&J has earned a couple of Lottery contracts each year – ranging from 5,000 t-shirts or tote bags to as many as 20,000 t-shirts.
… THEN CAME EMBROIDERY
In 1996, we acquired our first embroidery machine and began to offer customers in-house embroidered items along with the screenprinting. As the business continued to grow, we moved to our present location on M-33, between West Branch and Rose City.
… AND A NEW LOCATION
The business now occupied two buildings and a second embroidery machine was purchased. Next came a cad cutter and the company began to offer vinyl lettering to our customers. This gave us the ability to personalize shirts (for example, names and numbers). Another service offered was the ability to put your photographs on a shirt or coffee mug. This allowed customers to create a unique, personalized gift!
R&J offers actual screenprinting, embroidery, and has the ability to make and apply heat transfers, all right on premises. If a customer is having items screenprinted or embroidered, they can actually stop in and watch their order being processed!
SPORTS & YOUTH PROGRAMS
R&J places a strong emphasis on area youth programs. We sponsor and work with area youth sports teams; we work with various high school programs (both sports and non-sports); and we work with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We offer Varsity Jackets to all high school students, giving each student the opportunity to design their own, unique reflection of their high school experience. Call and check out our affordable jacket pricing program.
HERE WE ARE TODAY!
R&J is open Monday thru Friday from 9am until 5pm. We are also available for evening and weekend appointments – feel free to call and set up an after hours appointment. If your group or organization needs someone to come to you to discuss your embroidery or screenprinting needs, give R&J a call. We also accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover for the convenience of our customers.
When you are looking for shirts, hats, or jackets and you need one, a dozen, or 20,000, the folks here at R&J Screenprinting and Embroidery are ready to assist you. We offer friendly service and quality work. All screenprinting and embroidery is done right here by Robin, Dave and Linda. This allows us to keep control of your order. Your satisfaction is our goal. Call us with your questions and ideas, and let us help you put your organization, group, or business in the public eye!