American Outfitters, Ltd. started out in 1975 in Waukegan, Illinois, as a small family owned business designed to fill a niche in the t-shirt market. The owners, Larry and Gary Rettig, were determined to see their business grow and expand.
Over the years, our Screen Printing Department evolved from a manual operated transfer machine to complete manual and automatic press capabilities. We have since been recognized by Impressions Magazine as one of the nation's Top 100 Screen Printers by volume.
Our Embroidery Department started out using a single head chain stitch machine. The process involved tracing a design and embroidering the garments one at a time, making it very tedious and time consuming. As our business grew, we added multiple head, computerized embroidery machines, which use digitized designs.
Our Graphic Arts Department started off developing and refining artwork designed for screen printing and was expanded to include in-house digitizing. This gave us the control over the quality of the embroidery designs that we were producing. We further expanded the Graphics Art Department to include producing digital graphics and vinyl banners.
Even though we have grown past the point of being classified as a family owned business, we continue to operate with the family values with which we started.