5 Reasons I Get My Custom Screen Print T-Shirts Through Duluth Screen Printing


My name is Josh and I run a small website that deals with Minnesota sports. When I wanted to get some shirts for my website, I wanted to have a hand in the process. I googled “custom t-shirts” and luckily found Duluth Screen Printing. I contacted the owner, Ian, and he quickly got back to me. Since this first meeting, I have multiple orders through Duluth Screen Printing and cannot recommend them enough. Here are 5 reasons that I keep coming back to them for my orders:

  1. An Easy Process: From the first email that I sent to the final pick up of the shirts, I never once had to worry about anything getting lost in translation with the order. The form that I filled out and the experience coming from DSP made everything super smooth to completion.

  2. Design Help: I had the idea of the shirt I wanted to make, but lacked the skills to put it on paper. For a small fee, Duluth Screen Printing was able to help hook me up with a graphic designer that helped bring my idea to fruition.i

  3. Customer Service: I had more orders than I had in stock and was worried I wouldn’t be able to fulfill them. Not 15 minutes after I sent an email to Duluth Screen Printing to ask about reordering, I had an email back saying it wouldn’t be an issue and I could pick up my restock tomorrow.

  4. Quality of T-Shirt: I was given multiple options when it came to quality. I was extremely happy to spend the little extra it took to get my shirts made on insanely comfortable shirts. To have the option to upgrade quality is a big deal for me, and it should be for everyone.

  5. Quick Completion: The whole process was easy as could be. In under a week from my first email to Duluth Screen Printing, I was holding the first custom t-shirt I ordered. There’s something special when you have an idea for a shirt and you see it in person.

I really cannot recommend this company enough if you’re looking for custom screen printed t-shirts. They are going to take care of you more than bigger companies and make sure that you get the best possible product possible. 

Crafting Custom Tees: #001

The Life of an Entrepreneur - An open letter from Ian Scherber, CEO & Founder. 

Chapter 1: The Start

Hello Everyone- 

I thought I would finally put this down into writing. A twisted little tale that includes every type of emotion possible.

I first started screen printing custom tees when I was attending Proctor High School. I needed some income and asked the local lumber yard for work. Little did I know that hours later I would be putting on my first set of Gildan box fit tees. The football team was playing their rivals, the Hermantown hawks and t-shirts were needed to celebrate the event. "Hawks Taste Like Chicken" was pushed through a 156 mesh screen from Ryonet in Rutland Green. It was a smell that I would never forget. Plastisol burning the midnight oil.

Over the next three years I spent time designing, creating, crafting, pushing and pulling. All of these things valued equally. However, it was the chatting with customers that drove the flame. I was fixated on it and it lead to a unique type of sales. A type of sales that has stuck with me and that is customer service first, sales. Since day one I wanted to be in the reorder business and not the selling  business. It is those that sell that leave gaps and cracks open for competition to seep in and take what is open. If you have the right customer service and product, you are in the reorder business. (Anyway) It was a time of vast creativity and I put everything I had into it. It lead me to the realization that business was my calling and that college was possible. I set a little amount of money aside and packed my bags for Collegeville, MN. I was off to St. John's University to study Global Business Leadership. I thought my days of printing were long gone but it was the foundation to Duluth Screen Printing. 



 The nitty gritty start that sparked it all. 

The nitty gritty start that sparked it all. 

Great Lakes X Duluth Screen Printing

Last week we had the pleasure to knock out some product for our friends over at Great Lakes Clothing Collection.(https://www.greatlakescollection.com/

Custom apparel inside Minnesota is something we are proud about. Great Lakes Collection produces some of the finest apparel in the U.S. and printing it in Duluth is everything for us. We strive to print custom t-shirts in Minnesota but when we do it for friends, it's fun.  

For this print we pushed Wilflex Lava by Ryonet through a 156 mesh. The lines stayed clean the custom t-shirt graphic maintained its vivid detail. We also used CII Photopolymer emulsion for the custom screen print and it made printing a breeze. We softened up the ink by using some softener to increase the soft hand! Overall, it was a fun print and it was powered by Ryonet and workhorse. Overall, we love Screen Printing in Duluth by using the finest materials.  


Ink: Wilflex Lava by Ryonet.com 



Frame Size: 24 x 20  

Mesh Size: 156  

Emulsion: CCI Photopolymer  

Press: Workhorse 6/6 



Lakeside X Duluth Screen Printing

Lakeside Clothing Co is a company we print custom tees for! They are in Scheels, Herbergers and Yonkers. They have grown from a small startup to a premium brand that is sold nation wide. We met up with the owner, Kyle Antilla, to ask him a few questions about printing and what it means to there business. "Our printer is our partner", Antilla noted during our conversation. He constantly reiterated the fact that without a solid printer on board, making custom tees in a saturated market would be difficult. We focused on quality ink, quality fabric and a quality cut. These main features make the custom apparel we print for Lakeside a next generation brand. Overall, we love knocking out custom apparel and custom tees for Lakeside! 


Chapter ii

Building a custom t-shirt in Duluth requires space. Therefore, the next chapter for Duluth Screen Printing has begun. We have found our new facility just 5 blocks away from our current shop. It is 7,000 square feet of pure custom t-shirt printing power! Our new location will help us create higher quality tees, quicker. Mostly, it will help us become a paramount tee provider in Minnesota. Custom tees are more than just printwear. They are a symbol of art, hard work and craftsmanship. Cheers to the future and let chapter ii be a wild ride!  


Keeping it local X Duluth Screen Printing Co



Duluth Screen Printing Co was founded in Duluth and has been thriving here since the beginning. Ian Scherber chose the city of Duluth to build his company in because he wanted to enrich and strengthen the community he was raised in. Duluth is the foundation for manufacturing in Minnesota and has a strong heritage of hard work and craftsmanship, making it the perfect place to call home. The area also has a rich history in manual labor and therefore Ian knew he could find a great workforce here. We choose to work with other local businesses so we can build strong and meaningful relationships with those we will be around for many years. A few of those companies that we have been working with recently and frequently are Heck of the North Productions, Bella Flora, Pizza Luce, Bend Tec, and all the local high schools. Every dollar spent at a locally owned and operated business returns into our economy three times more than a dollar spent at a big chain business. Building a business that can create a positive impact on the community is not easy, but Duluth Screen Printing Co has had some great companies to look up to. Patagonia, Loll Designs, Simms, and Virgin Group are all larger businesses that have influenced our small business decisions.

Superior Angling Co X Duluth Screen Printing

Match made in heaven? We loved knocking out these subtle custom tees for Superior Angling Co! Check out their work and follow them as they progress their tv series. Also, head over to their website to pick up a tee or two. #DuluthScreenPrinting


College Connections

Ian Scherber founder and CEO of Duluth screen printing Co., along with our operations manager Mary Rumpca have both made connections as recent college grads at The college of Saint Benedict Saint Johns University. Establishing a relationship with a well-known University is a great way to grow the business. We had the opportunity of making a simple two color screen printed t-shirt which highlights their well known University logo. Taking on big projects like this is a challenge , but it's a rewarding task when looking forward to the final product. 



Working With Other Businesses

We had the opportunity to work with Deneen Pottery out of St. Paul, MN for their upcoming event. Their goal as a company has remained un-changed: create functional, beautiful, hand-thrown stoneware for their clients. With their goal in mind we aimed towards our goal which is creating custom screen printed t-shirts with high quality standards. Working with another business is always a fun project. Getting the opportunity to connect with new clients is something we look forward to. While working with Deneen Pottery we were also fortunate to get our hands on some of their handmade mugs!

Saving a National Treasure

Recently, we worked with Save the Boundary Waters organization. The project was simple, raise awareness about the sulfuric mines that are proposed on the border of the B.W.C.A. This threat is endangering one of the last pristine watersheds in the world. We crafted up some custom t-shirts and helped them raise awareness and funds by hosting an online storefront. The custom apparel that we created used 100% organically grown cotton and water-based inks. It was an incredibly project. 


 This is an example of our custom t-shirt work for the Saint John's Johnnies. 

This is an example of our custom t-shirt work for the Saint John's Johnnies. 

Experience the best that Duluth Screen Printing has to offer by throwing together your favorite design on our favorite tee. It's as simple as 24 custom t-shirts for $7 each. We take pride in printing and we want to share that with you! 

New Beginnings: Taking on the Responsibility of Building A Sustainable Business

New Beginnings: Taking on the Responsibility of Building A Sustainable Business

As human beings, we often make decisions we feel have a sense of purpose.  You can usually assume that most if not all decisions, to some degree, whether we realize it or not, contain everything from a dash of to large amount of purpose.  The decision to start Duluth Screen Printing Co. proves no exception in this sense.  When making the decision to found the company, we didn’t so much ask the question of “Why?” but rather the question of “What?”—What is our purpose? Well, we found it.