Our story starts all the way back in 2001 where our founders Randy and Cheryl Fulbright made the decision to begin their journey into the world of screen printing. Even though they had three young children all under the age of 12, they knew this was the right decision for their family.
Originally, their biggest goal for their new small business was to be different from all of the other screen printing companies who were never able to get orders out on time, and continually miss deadlines. With Randy’s previous experience as a young adult in a career tech program and Cheryl’s expertise in banking and accounting, they were able to create a multi-faceted business that has expanded their initial expectations all while keeping the main focus on their faith in God.
With that promise kept in mind they officially opened shop on March, 24, 2001 in the small town of Mounds, Oklahoma. It wasn’t easy from the beginning since it was just the two of them with three children to provide for. Nevertheless their business continued to grow.
Always teaching their daughters that hard work pays off, their eldest soon joined in working with them at just the age of 15. Starting out by cleaning screens and stacking shirts, Crystal quickly excelled in almost every aspect of the business. Learning the operations and machinery that come along with screen printing almost came naturally to her. She continued to grow beside her parents when American Ts were finally able to afford to expand into other areas within the screen printing world, one of which being embroidery.
Cheryl, who had spent most of her early motherhood sewing and creating clothing for her children, was now tasked to learn the intricacies of embroidering. She learned quickly which brought in new business from all around the surrounding towns. Schools, small businesses, and churches began to flock to American Ts to get all of their apparel printed and embroidered. This influx of new business gave Randy and Cheryl the capabilities to move out of their small building in downtown Mounds, to a brand new building over twice the size of their original location. This new building gave them more opportunities to match the growth of their constantly expanding company.
Even then their new building began to become too small just a couple of years down the road. They were able to open a second location in Glenpool, Oklahoma in May of 2010. This gave their eldest daughter a new title in the company, Manager. With this new title Crystal began to create new relationships with ball teams, bigger schools, and more businesses. American Ts made sure to be involved with as many community functions as they could by participating in christmas parades, donating items to local charities for their fundraising events, and helping schools raise money for their activities by providing quality apparel and products.
Even then the business continued to grow between the two locations, making it increasingly difficult to deliver shirts back and forth from Mounds (where all of the screen printing was done) to Glenpool. After much discussion and prayers, Randy, Cheryl, and Crystal embarked on a huge project that would change the course of American Ts dynamic for years to come. This project was taking on the cumbersome task of combining both locations into one building.
The new location would make it more accessible to all of our customers by being right off of busy highway 75. So in July of 2015 we opened up the largest building our customers had seen yet. We were able to give back to the community by having a party in our new parking lot. Hundreds of people came out and received free t-shirts, food, and a fun experience. Then at the end of our grand opening party we were able to cut the ribbon right in front of our brand new doors.
The year 2020.
The year none of us ever expected and we sure weren't prepared for. Just like that our staff no longer had reasons to come to work. Businesses weren't in business, schools weren't in session, and churches weren't meeting. And with that, business (and orders) came to a screaching halt. This was when the family put their heads together to find a new niche that would be sustainable for years to come and ensure our staff would have sucessful, stable careers. This was when Crystal realized the need for a duty gear and uniform supplier for first responders and industrial workers. A supplier that understood deadlines, the value of being a uniformed department in a decent price with a great turn around time. The name of this new line would soon be known as American Uniform Wear.
2021 was the year for massive growth. Growth for American Ts, and growth for the new line American Uniform Wear. New vendors and offerings were established and the showroom turned into a duty gear and tactical store instead of a showroom inspired by school spirit wear.