College Hype, an Adams Corner-based company which manufactures and provides quality custom apparel and school uniforms for schools, media outlets and corporate organizations, through both screen printing and embroidery processes, has recently completed a major expansion of its facility at 540 Gallivan Blvd.
The build-out increases the company’s Embroidery Division by 3,000 square feet; the additional space will house the new, 6-head embroidery machine that has been added to the equipment that College Hype uses to manufacture the shirts, jackets and other apparel.
In addition to its own brands, College Hype maintains online stores on behalf of a number of clients and a great number of area schools.
College Hype President Jack Doherty said that the company has invested over $100,000 to complete the build-out of the new space, plus acquire the new embroidery equipment, which he said will effectively double the company’s output of embroidered goods. Additionally, the company has hired two additional team members.
“College Hype produces embroidered designs on all of the garments we sell,” Doherty said, noting that a team of designers and artists take the process through every step, from first digitizing a logo to completion of final product, with turnaround for most orders within 5-10 days. He continued, “Apparel-both embroidered and screen-printed - is in demand for many organizations. Political campaigns, school uniforms, road races, special causes and events all make use of T-shirts, jackets, caps and other items with the name of the cause and logo imprinted upon it. We even have an OFD Line (“Originally from Dorchester”). He added, “We are thrilled to be expanding and hope that we will add even more jobs in the future. Much of our success comes from this Dorchester base. As a locally-based business we work with many community organizations, and we are all proud of this place we call home. We thank everyone for their continued support.”
College Hype was known in the region for its efforts following the Boston Marathon tragedy for creating a line of shirts, “Dorchester Strong.”
He said, “Sales exceeded even our wildest expectations. We wanted to do something, and we envisioned this new line of shirts as being a way to do some good in the community, and we took funds from the proceeds of the shirt sales to help the family of Martin Richard,” the boy who died as a result of the Marathon bombings. In all, College Hype’s shirt sales contributed more than $20,000 to the Richard Family Foundation.