EI Sports Apparel expands to serve the Owensboro area

Sports programs and businesses now have another option when it comes to ordering team apparel and gear locally as Evansville-based EI Sports expands to Owensboro.

Jeff Schaefer, CEO of EI Sports, founded the company in 2001 with his father. He said they were excited to start serving the Owensboro area.

“Every time we started the business, we would basically sell during the work day and come home and eat with our family, then meet at the store after dinner and start screen printing shirts for the evening,” said he declared. “We did this for the first six months and then we hired our very first screen printer. Since then, we have not stopped growing, growing and growing.

Currently, they have 22 full-time employees and operate out of a warehouse and physical location in Evansville, Ind.

EI Sports offers custom athletic team uniforms, athletic gear for all sports, coaches apparel, sideline and spirit gear. They do screen printing, embroidery, twill and versa cam printing and decals.

Schaefer said that while their competitors take orders and ship material to a third party for decoration, EI Sports does everything in its own facilities.

“It allows us to manage jobs to meet deadlines and manage quality control issues,” he said. “We’re confident that our production staff will take more care decorating your new uniforms than the out-of-town contract screenprinter who has no idea who you are or what you’re looking for.”

Schaefer said they sell the same equipment and clothing used by D1 schools.

Although their market is primarily schools, colleges and athletic programs, Schaefer said they also work for local businesses and events.

“We were very lucky – we kind of grew slowly,” Schaefer said. “We did it on purpose. We didn’t want to grow too early and not do a good job.

While Schaefer said Owensboro is very close to them, it’s new territory.

“We wanted to make sure we had someone there who could call customers, someone who was local, someone who knew the schools and was familiar with the landscape of Owensboro and western Kentucky,” did he declare. “We have everything here (in Evansville) and in place to support that. We just needed someone there who could go over there and sell our services. That’s what we have now with Kevin Porter.

Porter, who worked for 102.7 The Game of Owensboro, is originally from Owensboro and said he was excited to get out into the community and start making connections. Porter said he could meet in person or set up phone meetings for those interested.
For more information, contact Porter at 678-294-3998 or email [email protected].

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