California-Based T-shirt Printing Company Opening Indy Facility

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LAWRENCE, Ind. (Dec. 19, 2013) - Little Raymond's Print Shop, Inc., d/b/a ooShirts, a T-shirt printing and fulfillment company, announced plans today to locate a new facility here, creating up to 105 new jobs by 2016.

The Berkeley, Calif.-headquarted company, which is a subsidiary of ooShirts, Inc., will invest $1.2 million to equip a 26,000 square-foot facility located at 7800 Records Street in Lawrence. The facility, which began operations in September, is expanding the company's screen printing and digital printing capacity. 

"When compared to other states, Indiana shines as the perfect place to locate operations or expand your business," said Governor Mike Pence. "With our fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurial companies like ooShirts can plan their activities with confidence in the Hoosier State, allowing them to mitigate the concerns of unpredictable economic conditions. Because of Indiana's pro-growth market, we're solidifying our position as a state that works for business." 

"The city of Lawrence is excited about 105 new jobs coming to our city and the opportunities for our residents and businesses they will provide," said Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup. "The Lawrence Industrial Complex at I-465 and Pendleton Pike will be an excellent fit for ooShirts."

ooShirts, which currently employs more than 100 full-time associates in California and Pennsylvania, has already begun hiring screen printers and direct garment press operators. Interested applicants can apply by sending their resumes to jobs@ooshirts.com

"Fast delivery and consistent product quality are the pillars of our business," said Raymond Lei, president of ooShirts. "Our facility in Indianapolis will significantly expand our 2-day ship range while giving us access to an experienced manufacturing-driven workforce."  

Founded in 2007, ooShirts is a national, low-cost T-shirt printing company. Started as a high school business, the company has tripled its sales annually since 2010. Through its website,ooShirts.com , users can design shirts and place both high-volume and single-run orders. ooShirts also provides blind fulfillment services to other retailers. When its Indianapolis facility reaches full production by the end of the year, it will operate more than 25 automatic and manual presses.

"With ooShirts opening operations in Indy, not only are they bringing good paying jobs and capital investment but they will also be a great addition to our e-commerce industry," said Brian Gildea, Vice President and Executive Director of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber. "Attracting businesses like this that can leverage our talented workforce and stable business environment along with modern technology is key to piecing together a business economy poised for growth for our city."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Little Raymond's Print Shop, Inc. up to $450,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $90,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The cities of Lawrence and Indianapolis approved additional tax abatement at the request of the Office of Mayor Dean Jessup and Develop Indy.   

Indiana's business friendly climate continues to stand out among the crowd. The Hoosier State maintains a triple-A credit rating from all three credit rating agencies, the highest possible rating. Combined with Indiana's lack of state inventory or inheritance taxes, companies like ooShirts are learning they can do more with their earnings in Indiana. 

About ooShirts 
Little Raymond's Print Shop Inc. is the printing subsidiary of ooShirts Inc., a nationally distributed t-shirt printing and fulfillment company. Offering both screen printing and direct-to-garment printing, ooShirts offers a turnkey solution for t-shirt fulfillment for individual consumers and large retailers alike. For more information about its t-shirt printing services, visit www.ooshirts.com.

About Develop Indy
Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, is Marion County's local economic development organization. Develop Indy is dedicated to attracting new businesses, retaining and expanding existing businesses and serving as a catalyst for capital investment and quality job growth in Indianapolis/Marion County. For more information, visit www.developindy.com

About IEDC 
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Mike Pence. Victor Smith serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and Eric Doden is the president of the IEDC.  

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov

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Media Contacts:  
Raymond Lei (ooShirts) - 877-752-9060, ext. 101 or press@ooshirts.com
Ashley Elrod (Indy Chamber) - 317.464.2241 or aelrod@indychamber.com
Katelyn Hancock (IEDC) - 317.234.2294 or kahancock@iedc.in.gov

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