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  • The Perks of Being Part of the Ann Arbor Tees Family

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    18 days

    While Ann Arbor T-shirt Company is not a union shop (though we do sell union-made shirts and Made in USA shirts!), taking care of our employees is a priority! In addition to ensuring that Ann ARbor Tees is a fun, productive, and food-filled place to work, we further make sure that our employees' voices are heard and their ideas make an impact.

    Some of the perks of being employed at Ann Arbor T-shirt Company include:

    Company-Provided Lunch Every Day

    You never go hungry at Ann Arbor Tees! Lunch is catered from local restaurants every day. Some of our favorites include Barry's Bagels, Lucky's Kitchen, Moe's Southwest Grill, the Arena Sports Bar and Grill, Jamaican Jerk Pit, and Hungry Howies to name a few.

    Popsicles on Hot Days

    It gets hot in the warehouse on sunny, summer days. Our solution? An endless supply of popsicles. And a fancy new ice machine!

    Five-Hour Energy Drinks, Coffee, and Tea

    Printing t-shirts can be exhausting. That's why we have a vast amount of caffeine to feed our employees' thirst. Endless coffee, tea, and five-hour energy drinks await employees in the kitchen.

    Free Vitamins

    With the amount of germs that inevitably enter the workplace, we like to make sure everyone stays as healthy as possible. We offer free vitamins and Emergen-C for employees any time they would like. Taking vitamins is even on the sales team's daily meeting agenda!

    401k Program

    Employees who stay with Ann Arbor Tees for at least a year are eligible to contribute to our 401k plan, with generous company matching.

    Company Sports Teams

    Ann Arbor T-shirt Company employees like to stay active outside of the office. In addition to our company kickball team, the Kenny Katnadoes (pictured below), employees also enjoy being on, or cheering on, our company soccer team.

    Fun Company Parties

    Ann Arbor T-shirt Company knows how to throw a party! Some of our annual parties include a Summer Kick-off BBQ, Halloween Party, and Holiday Party. Event t-shirts, beer, and inflatables included!

    Flexible Scheduling

    We understand that our employees have commitments outside of work. Some have classes and schoolwork, some have sports, some have family commitments. If they're the right person for the position, we'll work around their schedule.

    Stand-Up Desks

    The physical health of our employees is important, and sitting at a desk all day is bad for health, energy, and mood. Using a stand-up desk has been linked to boosted productivity, increased energy levels, and decreased back pain and health risk. Most of our stand-up desks actually raise and lower, so employees do have the option to sit when they need a rest.

    Discounts on Custom and Retail Apparel, and Free Ann Arbor Tees Apparel

    We offer our employees stellar discounts on custom designed apparel as well as on all of our retail designs. And though there's no dress code at Ann Arbor Tees, on any given day, an overflowing handful of employees will be proudly sporting the t-shirt tree logo on their shirt.

    Management Office Hours

    Each week, someone from management holds "office hours" in the break room, a three hour period that anyone can stop by and visit (on the clock!) and give suggestions, talk about problems, and chat about anything that comes to mind.

    And there are usually snacks!

    Suggestion Box

    For employees wishing to remain anonymous with their suggestions, we have a suggestion box that they may contribute to anonymously at any time. These suggestions are read at a monthly meeting, and if feasible, steps are taken to fulfill the suggestion.

    Employee of the Month & Caught Being Good Awards

    We do hold our employees to a high standard, and we feel that those who go above and beyond should be rewarded! Each month, a "Minion of the Month" is chosen and awarded with gift cards, a reserved parking spot, caricature of themselves, and a free t-shirt.

    Think you would like to work at the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company? Take a look at our hiring page or fill out the attached application!


    Tags: #ann arbor tshirt company, #apply, #inflatables, #work parties
  • I Don't Want No Scrubs (unless they're from Ann Arbor Tees)

    By: Rachel, rachel@annarbortees.com

    21 days

    Do you work in the medical field or are in a career that requires you to wear scrubs on a regular basis? Want to match with the rest of your unit and get branded apparel, but need to wear scrubs on the job? Love your scrubs so much that you’d like a personalized, embroidered set? Look no further - Ann Arbor Tees’ custom embroidered scrubs are the perfect solution for you! We offer a wide variety of customizable scrubs and medical apparel in almost every color imaginable, with brands and price points for every budget. Brands include Cherokee, Dickies, Grey’s Anatomy, Barco, and Red Kap.

    Read more...

    Tags: #scrubs, #ann arbor tshirt company, #medical garments, #grey's anatomy
  • New Ring Security Services Shirt for Wedding Season

    By: Jerry, jerry@annarbortees.com

    about 1 month

    Selfless sentinels. Noble Guardians. Lots of phrases come to mind when you think of the three foot tall wedding ring security officers putting their safety on the line everywhere, all summer, to make sure that the bands make it to the alter. We’ve designed this special take on the tuxedo t-shirt just for them, complete with printed “Ring Security Services” badge on the lapel.

    Security-Services-Ringbearer-Rehearsal-T-shirt

    Tags: #Ring bearers, #selfless sentinels, #noble guardians, #wedding ring security officers, #tuxedo t-shirt, #wedding season
  • Jay Leno's Garage Favorites Franco's European's Damiano and Franco Barbuscia Select Ann Arbor Tees as Their Merchandising Team Partners

    By: Chantal, chantal@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    With over 1.5 million youtube views for just 2 episodic appearances, father and son Damiano and Franco Barbusica, affectionately known as "The Carfather," and comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno's go to Supercar mechanics, have selected Ann Arbor Tees, as their Merchandising Partners!

    Franco Barbuscia, "The Carfather", appears on episodes of the popular Jay Leno's Garage web series, and the moniker has spawned an upcoming series of its own. A long-time friend of the Barbuscia family, Mimma, Rosa, Damian and Franco, Jay's comfort level with Franco is an important aspect in the ongoing relationship with the Barbuscia Family!

    With Jay's jump to CNBC last year, the comedian will begin a second season in the coming months. Will our new friends at Franco's European Supercar Experts, Damian and Franco Barbuscia, make the jump to TV as well? Stay tuned and take this opportunity to purchase BRAND NEW GEAR from Franco, Damian, Mimma and Rosa, the Barbuscia family, as they expand their empire on "The Carfather."

    Damiano Barbuscia said, "We're so excited about our new friends at Ann Arbor Tees jumping in and making our new Merchandising items available to our customers and fans. Thanks Ann Arbor Tees!"

    Watch Damiano and Franco The Carfather on Jay Leno's Garage Season 2 Debut Episode on CNBC June 15th at 10pm Eastern and Pacific Time!


    Check out Franco's webstore to get shirts and hats that were featured on the show and be sure to visit the Ann Arbor Tees facebook page and blog for more information!


    Tags: #jay leno, #franco's european, #the carfather, #ann arbor tshirt company
  • How to Order a Shirt: Part 6/99 - Online Design Studio, the Fastest Way to Get a Custom T-shirt

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    Today, we get away from our usual topics that talk about how you are going to decorate your shirt (The Decoration Decision), how the shirt is going to fit you (Fit To Be Worn), and what you are going to wear (What’s in a T-shirt?). We will tackle something more essential to a t-shirt order than anything else. This is the very “fabric” of the t-shirt order - You, your group, and how you place your order.

    With you in mind, we have partnered with other companies to bring you the easiest, fastest, most efficient ways to order custom apparel depending on what you need.

    Read more...

    Tags: #design it, #design studio, #custom tshirt, #ann arbor tshirt company, #how to order a shirt
  • Custom Hockey Jerseys: The Stylish Team Will Always Win!

    By: Jack, jack@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    Have you ever wondered why the Mighty Ducks were so terrible at the beginning of the first movie? I have, and I believe that I know the answer. They sucked because they had awful jerseys.They were a bunch of mismatched cake eaters. It’s no coincidence that the Ducks went from last place in district 5 to first place immediately after they got bitchin’ team jerseys. What I learned watching that movie, is that hockey is less about puck control and skating skills and more about wearing matching jerseys and socks.

    Just because you play in the D league, it doesn’t mean you have to dress like it.


    Be a winner like these guys!

    Now that you know how your team can win, you are probably wondering where you can get some bitchin’ hockey jerseys. Well, if you are reading this, you are almost in the right place. Here at the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, we specialize in bitchin’ hockey equipment. By sending an email to our sales staff (sales@annarbortees.com) we can help outfit you and your team with the latest and greatest hockey apparel. Our art team would love to work with you to make the perfect custom logo.To help your team win, we offer anything from basic practice jerseys to special order Reebok Edge jerseys. If drinking on the bench is your thing, we even have sweatshirts with coozies built in.

    Check out that bottle opener!

    Now that you know where to get your jerseys, you are probably wondering what kind of jerseys you want? Do you want a pro-style jersey? Hell yes you do! Here at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, we can get any pattern you want. If they don’t have your colors, you better believe we can have custom jerseys made!

    If your current team isn’t winning championships on the ice, it is most likely because you are not wearing the right jerseys. Once you decide you’d like to win that A-League championship, check out www.annarbortees.com and send us an email! We’d love to make you the next great hockey team!


    Tags: #hockey, #custom jerseys, #a-leaguers, #flying v
  • How to Order a Shirt: Part 5/99 - Shirts With Super Powers Part 1 (Give Me Cotton or Give Me Death!)

    By: Nate, nate@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me cotton, or give me death!

    In Part Three of this series, What’s in a t-shirt?, I alluded to my irrational fear of wearing polyester. Today, I will give you some options that will calm even the most aerophobic and pyrophobic readers.

    Whenever I fly, I go for three things: Exit row, window seat, and all cotton garments. These each have their reasons.

    1. I am 6’7”. The exit rows have more leg room. You can usually upgrade to the exit row for free at the gate if you get there early enough.
    2. If there is a crash, and you have the window seat, you are the first out of the plane and aren’t depending on someone else to open the door.
    3. Cotton garments are breathable, comfortable, and will not spontaneously combust. When polyester burns, it melts. When that happens, how do you think it would feel on your skin? Sure, plane crashes are rare. Maybe you don’t need to worry about cotton on a plane. What about other situations where you are exposed to extreme heat? Welding? Engine Work? Volcano exploration?

    Regular cotton is just fine for most situations where you don’t want your skin melted off. For extreme situations we offer Bulwark and Carhartt brand Fire Resistant (FR) gear. It’s still cotton. On top of the cotton or within the fabric are various chemicals that make the garment even more fire resistant to give you extra protection.


    Some hazardous environments that require you wear Flame Resistant clothing include: people exposed to electric arc (electricians and electric utilities), flash fire (petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries), or combustible dust (paper industry, food process, paint). There are plenty of other situations that make FR a good idea such as welding, racing, and maintenance. Basically, if you are in a situation where you might be exposed to sparks, electric arc, high temperatures, or open flame, you can’t go wrong by getting Fire Resistant clothing.

    Here you have a few products that will help you stand the heat. Contact us to get protected today! In our next blog, we will explore how you can keep your gear dry even when you have to keep it in the rain.


    Tags: #flame resistant, #ann arbor tshirt company, #emergency exit row, #cotton is better than polyester, #how to order a shirt
  • How to Order a Shirt: Part 4/99 - When a T-shirt Isn't Enough

    By: Ricky, ricky@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    When ordering apparel, t-shirts are typically the first thing that comes to mind. T-shirts are great and all, but they don’t need to be the only thing you think of. After all, there is whole wide world of apparel. From shoes to hats, we’ve got you covered. Everyone’s tastes and needs are different. Use this blog to compare various types of garments and pick the right style for your group.


    T-Shirts

    We print more t-shirts than any other style. T-shirts offer the largest variety of colors and fit. They come in short sleeve, long sleeve, ¾ sleeve, no sleeve, with pockets, without pockets, crew neck, v-neck, and scoop neck.

    Polos

    Polos are usually embroidered but can sometimes be printed. These can vary from wicking, athletic type polos to heavy pique knit cotton polos.

    Button Downs

    More formal than polos, button-downs are also typically embroidered. These are best for professionals that need to dress to be around colleagues in a wide variety of attire. You can wear these button downs in the board room and on the production line.

    Fleece Sweatshirts and Sweatpants

    Hoodies, crewneck sweatshirts, and sweatpants will typically come in matching sets. If you stick with the same brand, it’s a good bet that the colors will match two different styles. However, some colors only exist in certain styles.

    Hats

    Hats come in a huge variety of styles and colors. From basic FlexFit hats and winter beanies to Nike Golf and Hoop hats, we have the hat for you. We can even get completely custom made hats from the ground up. Embroidery is the best option for hats. First, because embroidery is able to follow the contours of the hat. Second, because we don’t print hats in house.

    Bags

    Depending on the specific bag, different decorations are recommended. Some bags can only be screenprinted, like this one:


    While some are best for embroidery.


    Soon I’ll unpack the bag category a little more in a blog dedicated exclusively to my favorite non-wearable!


    Now that you have an idea of the variety of garments we have, I am going to take you on a journey into the heart of every garment type and use. Rather than starting with another boring article on cotton shirts, we will begin with some of our most interesting garments: Shirts with Super Powers. What has more to offer than a twin needle-hemmed, shoulder-to-shoulder taped, self-collared, twice-stitched, quarter-turned herringbone, end-on-end, drop tail, tubular, t-shirt with double epaulets, muff-pocket and side seams? Find out next time in How to Order a Shirt Part 5.


    Tags: #hats, #shirts, #bags, #hoodies, #we do it all, #ann arbor tshirt company, #custom stuff, #how to order a shirt
  • New Kid's Birthday Party Tees - Birthday Girl & Birthday Boy Themed Shirts

    By: Stefan, stefan@annarbortees.com

    about 2 months

    We’re excited to announce a new line that we’re launching of affordable shirts to make your birthday boy or birthday girl’s day extra special for the following themes:


    Girls

    Owls, Mermaids/Under the Sea, Cupcakes/Candyland, Princess, Horses/Unicorns

    Boys

    Outer Space/Aliens, Pirates, Construction/Excavation, Dinosaurs, Sharks/Under the Sea


    We made our design decisions based on research for the most popular kids’ theme parties for 2015. We were really hoping we could do some rad ninja birthday girl shirts, but alas, they didn’t make the list.

    If you’d like to pick any of them up, they’re all available via glorious screen print on Amazon Prime: click to shop kid’s birthday party tees


    Tags: #got kids?, #ann arbor tshirt company, #birthday, #it's a celebration!
  • What (Not) to Wear to Your Interview

    By: Stefan, stefan@annarbortees.com

    2 months

    Hooray, you have an interview! There are a few things you should prepare, but perhaps the most basic preparation of all is simply choosing an interview outfit.

    While Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company invites its employees to express themselves and wear whatever they are comfortable in (as long as it is workplace appropriate, of course!), remember that this is still an interview. It’s usually a good idea to dress up despite the casual atmosphere of the company.

    You don’t need to wear a tuxedo or formal dress to your interview, but a nice outfit tells us that you are taking the interview process seriously and are genuine about the position.

    Though we’ll leave your interview attire up to you, here are a few suggestions about what not wear to your Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company interview. While the following are great shirts, essential to any wardrobe, you may want to reconsider when picking out what to wear for this particular meeting...

    Though we’re all about Tank Top Tuesdays and staying cool here at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, this may not be the best choice for your interview.

    If you wouldn’t put it on your resume, you probably shouldn’t wear it on your shirt for your interview.

    While we won’t judge what you do in your spare time, waking and baking is highly frowned upon at work and at interviews.

    Definitely not a good choice for your interview.

    Remember, this is our chance to get to know you! We understand that clothing is a means of self-expression as well as comfort for the interview nerves, but don’t distract us too much with what you’re wearing! Your responses to our questions are what we are most interested in.

    Check out our Amazon offerings if you’re interested in any of these tees for your non-interview wardrobe!


    Tags: #inappropriate interview clothes, #ann arbor tshirt company, #funny shirts, #'merica!, #interview