Little Raymond's Print Shop, Inc., doing business as ooShirts, a T-shirt printing and fulfillment company, will invest $1.2 million to locate its manufacturing center in Lawrence, Indiana
, with plans to create up to 105 jobs by 2016.
The Berkeley, California headquartered company will 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 its Indianapolis facility reaches full production by the end of the year, it will operate more than 25 automatic and manual presses. ooShirts has already begun hiring screen printers and direct garment press operators.
"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."
"When compared to other states, Indiana shines as the perfect place to locate operations or expand your business," said Gov. 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."
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.
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
, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.
"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."