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Underground Printing celebrates 20 years in Ann Arbor

UGP was launched by two University of Michigan students in 2001

Then and now: Underground Printing co-owners, Ryan Gregg and Rishi Narayan, stand in the company's warehouse at 260 Metty Drive in Ann Arbor.
Then and now: Underground Printing co-owners, Ryan Gregg and Rishi Narayan, stand in the company's warehouse at 260 Metty Drive in Ann Arbor. (Underground Printing)

ANN ARBOR – Co-founders of Underground Printing, Rishi Narayan and Ryan Gregg, have come a long way since learning how to screen print T-shirts in a garage during their undergrad years.

The University of Michigan students launched their business in 2001, selling their shirts on campus.

Today, they are one of the largest custom printed apparel providers in the country, and have more than 200 employees at 25 locations across 13 states.

In a 2019 interview with A4, Narayan said UGP prints an average of 10,000 T-shirts a day at its production facility at 260 Metty Drive.

“That’s well over what we did in a year in the garage days!” said Narayan at the time.

Two decades in the making: Ryan Gregg and Rishi Narayan pose for a photo in their printing facility. (Underground Printing)

Read: Underground Printing: The story behind Ann Arbor’s custom T-shirt company

UGP has appeared on the Inc. 5000 list nine times -- a list that recognizes America’s fastest growing private companies.

It has also donated more than $1 million to multiple charities and causes through its fundraising platform.

“We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees and the culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization,” said Gregg in a release. “For 20 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing our customers with the highest quality custom apparel products through innovation and customer service.”

“Our passion is ‘Building Great Relationships’, and we’ve looked to do that every day for the last two decades,” said Narayan in a release. “Throughout 2021, we hope to reflect on where we started from and what we have achieved in the communities that we serve.

“But right now, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the team members, customers and partners we’ve gotten to know over the years. Without each and every one of them, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate this milestone.”

For more information, visit www.undergroundshirts.com.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.