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3/1/2014 Member Profile
CI Sport Embraces New Technology For Growth and Improved Quality

CI Sport

Many say that growth in the technology field has had the largest impact on workforce in the 21st century. From snail mail to email or file cabinets to the Cloud, it’s easy to see that our offices do not look the way they once did. CI Sport is one Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber member that reaps the benefits of advancement in technology on an hourly basis.

Not long ago CI Sport was using floppy disks to save individual designs and walking them over to load onto the manufacturing machines. Now, graphic artists use state-of-the-art design software that can wirelessly communicate with machines with just the click of a button. Not only has this sped up production time, it has also catapulted CI Sport into the nationwide company it is today.

Started in Bismarck in 1990 to outfit bars and restaurants with their apparel needs, Creative Imprintz took off and quickly found its way to Fargo. They moved into a small office above the Old Broadway, knowing there was room for growth.

Soon, that growth prompted hiring more employees and changing the name from Creative Imprintz to CI Apparel and finally to CI Sport. The company has more than 110 employees and customers in 48 states.

Having gone from just one manual screen printing press to an entire floor dedicated to screen printing and another floor dedicated to embroidery, CI Sport is a key player in the apparel industry. The entire production process happens in Fargo, making the company one of the largest manufacturers in North Dakota.

According to CI Sport Sales Executive Bree Duval that is something that makes the company unique in the custom apparel industry. It also allows staff members to provide quick, quality customer service to their clients. That means staff members can literally “stop the presses” if a question arises about whether the company is delivering the best possible product to its clients.

Collegiate apparel is one of its largest product categories. CI Sport supplies to college bookstores and athletic teams for school and team apparel. Last fall, CI Sport was the official supplier of North Dakota State University ESPN GameDay apparel. Corporate apparel is also a very important sector of the company’s portfolio.

Assisting companies with uniforms and various other apparel needs keeps staff members busy year round.

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