Underground Printing triples square footage in move from Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti Township

Underground Printing founders Rishi Narayan and Ryan Gregg. (Doug Coombe, 2022)

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Underground Printing just made a big move, to say the least.

The custom printed apparel maker launched by two University of Michigan students in 2001 recently moved its headquarters from a 55,000-square-foot warehouse on Ann Arbor’s west side to a 172,000-square-foot facility in Ypsilanti Township.

UGP co-founder Rishi Narayan said the lease was up at their Ann Arbor location where they had outgrown their production facility. With business still booming, Narayan said it took “a lot of luck and a lot of hard work to put it all together” in just under a month.

Narayan and co-founder Ryan Gregg had wanted to stay in Washtenaw County, but 100,000-150,000-square-foot facilities were hard to come by.

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Their new space is a newer build, while their former location was built in the 60s.

“We took a big, big step and we’re really excited about it because we don’t have to think about space for growth hopefully for a while now,” said Narayan.

Underground Printing's new facility in Ypsilanti Township. (Underground Printing)

They used a rigging service to move their screen printing equipment in two phases and continued to print existing orders throughout the move.

“The team worked really hard and got it with very few hiccups,” said Narayan. “Amazingly, we were one day ahead of our moving schedule.”

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Now, UGP is focusing on a hiring push as it expands its space and operations. Its new space can house 1,600 team members. Many of its employees live in the Ypsilanti Township area, and they are recruiting as far as Detroit, said Narayan.

For more information about open positions, visit www.undergroundshirts.com/pages/jobs.

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.