On Site T-Shirts and More mobile printing unit is open for business. Jason Skeleton of B&D Sports, Corey Trobough, Crystal Lawson, Mike Roper and Darrel Shimchick stand next to the mobile printing trailer.
ALTON — Crystal Lawson of Wood River took her love of being a sports mom and the fiancée of a youth league umpire and put herself to work.
On Site T-shirts and More hit a grand slam at the Rivers Edge Sports Complex over Valentine’s Day weekend.
“This has taken off so quickly,” Lawson said. “I was always with Mike (Roper) when he umpired games and I would often hear parents in the stands saying they’d love to have a T-shirt with the team logo or the kid’s name. We have friends in the printing business at BD Sports so we called them up for help to get the business started. The idea and the encouragement all came from Mike (Roper).”
Not just sticking to T-shirt printing, On Site can do custom coffee mugs, plaques, jerseys, sweatshirts and more. Most mobile printing is a version of screen-printing where the ink sits on top of the fabric and can eventually flake or crack. Lawson says their mobile business uses a more high-tech method that actually dyes the fabric, not just covers it.
“This way of shirt printing is so much brighter, clearer and faster,” Lawson said. “The image on the shirt will last so much longer and will withstand the constant washing. The image is transferred as a solid onto a sheet. The sheet is laid on the fabric and pressed with heat. The image actually becomes a gas and dyes the fabric instead of an iron-on type of material. The image is in the fabric, not on it.”
Co-owner Mike Roper says their business can save sports complexes, schools, teams and businesses money in the event the function they’re hired for is canceled because of factors like weather.
“If a sports coordinator plans a tournament and it’s rained out, they won’t lose money with pre-purchased event T-shirts,” Roper said. “Our shirts are not pre-ordered, pre-printed and left outdated if the event is canceled or rescheduled. If things are shut down for any reason, we just pack up and go and no one loses a thing. We don’t print until the customer orders it. The shirts are ready in a matter of a couple minutes, in some cases.”
On Site T-Shirts and More has one mobile unit, but Lawson said they may need to expand quickly.
“People have followed us down the street wanting a quote,” she said. “They see the trailer at a car wash or grocery store and stop for information. We hope to do work with area high schools, business functions and perhaps some pro sporting events in the future.”
Lawson and Roper are not only starting a new business venture, they’re in the midst of planning their May 14 wedding.
“We couldn’t have done all this without our local small business friends,” Roper said. “Aaron Ridenhower of Bulletproof Works did the logo wrap for our trailer and Jason Skeleton at BD Sports has helped us get the printing aspect off the ground. BD Sports is doing a lot of work with us.”
For information, contact the business at (618) 978-9632 or email@example.com.