While we may have a long and rich history at Campus Ink, we are just getting started. Below is the story of our humble beginnings, the journey we have been on, and where the road ahead is taking us. It is the story of where we have been, and more importantly, where we are heading.
Campus Sportswear, spanning three generations, began in 1930 when a young shoe cobbler from Sicily, Italy bought a piece of property and opened a shoe repair business on 6th Street in Champaign. During WWII this shoe repair business expanded to meet the need for repairing the boots of soldiers stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.
After WWII, the population of the University of Illinois grew rapidly as soldiers flooded back to college on the GI bill. Campus Sportswear expanded, again, to include retail clothing as well as shoes to meet the needs of the students. Joseph Buttitta, the second generation owner, started experimenting with a new craft called silk screening. He began supplying clothing to local and area fraternities and sororities. A textile printing business was born.
Two minds come together.
A young grad from the U of I & Champaign native, Tom Coleman, took over Grandpa Joe’s business and kept the printing company alive. A long came Jedd Swisher, an Urbana native and friend of Tom’s. Jedd ran his own printing company across town. The two minds came together and built Campus Sportswear: a wholesale screen printing shop on 6th street in Champaign, Illinois. Tom & Jedd are pictured here with their good friend and Banker, Michael Krueger.
A trio is born.
The duo met Steven Farag in 2013. As a student at the U of I at the time, the “Millenial” brought Campus Sportswear large orders using social media and online sales for campus events. Instead of heading north to work after graduation, Campus Sportswear made Steven an offer he could not resist. The three created Campus Ink, Inc. Campus Ink now has the perfect team: two established screen printing experts, and a solid foundation Steven could take to new heights. You’re lucky to see these three in the same room. If you do, good luck.
What started with a few students helping Campus Ink regain a presence amongst the student body turned into an entire team. With exponential success amongst our students, we have decided to begin growing on several college campuses! Our student experience is unlike any other job or internship. The dynamic group gets to experience a start-up atmosphere interwoven into a family business by learning to design & sell with the company.
Where we're headed.
We are headed for you! Just kidding, but really, our goal is to grow our Campus Ink community to anyone and everyone that needs printing. We are a family, and we want you to feel comfortable working with us. Our doors are always open, and our phones will always be answered by real people. We strive to be the premier printing group in central Illinois, and to grow our brand across college campuses across the United States.