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November 11, 2019

2019 Patriot Series for Veterans Day

As our final shirt in our exclusive 2019 Patriot Series, this Veterans Day shirt celebrates America along with our “Because of the Brave,” “Liberty Founded 1776,” and “Never Forget” patriotic designs. As an homage to J.M. Flagg’s 1917 recruitment poster, this exclusive Excel design features Uncle Sam extending his hand in appreciation, offering to shake the hands of the men and women who served our country. Also included in the design is the National League of Families POW/MIA flag, honoring those who will never be forgotten….

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November 4, 2019

Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Comedy Improv Club

“We have quite a few elementary schools that feed into our secondary school,” explains Theatre Director Stacy Mitchell, “and this is our attempt to not only give them a chance to get comfortable in our space before they get up here to the combined level, but also make some connections with each other in a positive and fun way.”…

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October 28, 2019

Real Men Wear Pink

Every October Smail Auto Group “goes pink” to raise awareness of the fight against breast cancer. Their “#SmailCares” efforts have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of the past 8 years, money that goes to local breast cancer charities and organizations. This year, Jeff Smail Jr has become directly involved in the campaign as a member of the 2019 Class of Real Men Wear Pink in Westmoreland County…

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October 21, 2019

Honda’s 2019 Honda Civic Type R

For the past year, Excel has been working with Honda Auto and Honda Powersports to produce Officially Licensed Apparel available at dealerships across the country. With the success of our continuous stream of products like embroidered polo shirts, hats, and glassware, this Honda relationship kicked into high gear a few months ago with the introduction of the “Retro Series” t-shirts.

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October 14, 2019

Trafford Fire Department

The mission of Trafford Emergency Services is to provide high-quality emergency services in a safe and professional manner, thereby minimizing loss of life, property, and financial resources for the Borough of Trafford and those who live, visit, or pass through its borders. “The Trafford Fire Company has always been an important part of Trafford,” says their website. “Whether it is a flooded basement, downed power line, automobile accident, or a fire, the company has always responded to the citizens’ needs. The ALL VOLUNTEER men and women…”

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October 7, 2019

Mopars at the Marina

In 2007, Eric Keller and David Pizzolato organized “Mopars at the Marina” to bring together Mopar enthusiasts during this annual celebration. “Mopars at the Marina is a volunteer group of about a dozen guys and gals,” says Keller. “Each year, we cook over 350 servings of Cajun Jambalaya. It’s a central part of our event. It’s possibly the best jambalaya year after year.” “Each year, we have two cars on our shirt for our Mopar yearly cruise,” says Keller. “My favorite part of the shirt each year is the detail that goes into reproducing the cars…

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September 30, 2019

“Pumpkin Spice Banking” with Standard Bank

Standard Bank’s philosophy and community focus allow them to do things the bigger banks can’t, like launching a fun “Pumpkin Spice Banking” campaign, for instance. Their coffee metaphor cleverly draws parallels between the “dizzying array of options at the local coffee shop” and how a community bank like Standard Bank can meet the variety of financial needs of their customers. “As a community bank in Southwestern PA and Maryland, our customers know and love Pumpkin Spice Coffee (and just Fall in general),” Saxton explains. “Just as the Pumpkin Spice experience has become grander over the years, so too has the banking experience. More options, better convenience, same “feel good” experience.”…

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September 23, 2019

EZ Livin’ Express

Terry started Aslinger Auto in 1998, shortly after he graduated high school. “I started hauling cars to sales and to dealers at nineteen with just a pick-up and edge trailer,” he says. As the company grew and new segments of the transportation industry were tapped, Terry added the diversified companies to his arsenal, employing a team of drivers and office staff to work with him. “We’re unique because of the equipment we run, by the services we provide. We do a lot of high top vans and motor vehicles that will not fit on a normal car carrier.”…

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September 16, 2019

Hunt’s Lodge Motorcycle Campground and Cabins

Located in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, Hunt’s Lodge offers camping and sleeping cabin accommodations designed with the motorcycle traveler in mind. Hunt’s Lodge is located in the heart of some of the best motorcycle roads the South has to offer, just a few minutes from the Cherohala Skyway, about an hour from Deal’s Gap, and a host of other roads that are worthy of exploration. There are roads for just about every type of rider, from beautifully paved roads…

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September 9, 2019

Buchanan Transportation, LLC

Founded in 2017 by Curtis Mummert and Jerry Bard, Buchanan Transportation is a cargo and freight company servicing the eastern half of the United States. “We wanted a design that incorporated our core values of delivering swift service while remembering our name (and reputation) is on every load we haul,” says Mummert. “We want to be the carrier our customers can count on by providing Quality Service through our Team of Dependable Professional Drivers.”

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September 2, 2019

Carolyn’s Shade Gardens

Established in 1992 by Carolyn Walker, Carolyn’s Shade Gardens sells perennials for shade with a specialty in snowdrops, hellebores, hostas, and native plants. The shirt, designed by Excel artist Mike Hegedus, features a native wild columbine. “The wild columbine has been my logo since the beginning and reflects our commitment to native plants,” explains Carolyn. Carolyn’s focus is on providing high-quality perennials for shade that will survive with low maintenance along with knowledgeable advice about all aspects of gardening. “We started a blog [] in 2010 to educate customers about plants and gardening issues,” she shares.

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August 26, 2019

CAP Trucking

Established in Florida in 2011 by Christopher Porricelli, CAP Trucking transports refrigerated, frozen and perishable goods up and down the entire east coast. Originally from Bronx, NY, Porricelli worked in his family’s wholesale produce business for a number of years. “Working winters in The Bronx, outside on the loading docks, was enough experience for me,” he laughs. Through this interaction with trucking and distribution, he ended up developing his own appreciation and passion for that side of the industry.

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August 19, 2019

Hunter Bush | Off-road Motorcycle Racing Pro

Hailing from Sciota, PA, rider #293 races in hare scrambles and enduros for AMA East Regional and select National Events with NEPG and GNCC. Bush started racing at the young age of 10 years old and recently turned pro in 2018. With over a decade of experience, his dream is to make his life-long passion his career. “My goal is to make a living racing,” says Hunter. His proud parents, Richard and Laura, are encouraging and supportive of his chosen path, and help round out the “Hunter Bush Racing” team…

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August 12, 2019

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Located in the inner harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, the Historic Ships in Baltimore is a fleet of historic floating museum ships and a unique lighthouse open to the public for tours, events, and educational programs. The shirt features the U.S.S. Constellation, the last all sail wooden warship built by the U.S. Navy in 1854. Other ships at the Historic Ships in Baltimore include the Coast Guard Cutter Taney, the last defender afloat from the attack on Pearl Harbor; the U.S.S. Torsk, a submarine that sunk the last Japanese warships of World War II…

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August 5, 2019

Mother Trucker

The truck is owned by Beth and Dean Holicky and is a Multi-Time Grand National Champion that runs with the NTPA Grand National circuit. Framed by their name and the American flag, the design features their Peterbilt truck which they restored. “We found the cab on the side of a guy’s driveway all rusty and in need of tender loving care,” says Beth. They were able to use that TLC to turn that rusty cab into a Mother Trucker champion. “Being the Grand National Champion over the years is always great,”says Beth…

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July 29, 2019

Kart Racer, Ethan Martin

At only 9 years of age, Ethan is already a 5-year veteran of the sport, racing go-karts on dirt tracks in Georgia and South Carolina since he was 4 years old. Ethan’s involvement in racing has created a family tradition in the Martin family. His father, Evans Martin, races cars in Hobby and Late Model classes. In fact, the entire Martin Racing team is a family affair. “Ethan’s brother and I are always excited about the racing and do all the work on the kart while his mother is always nervous when he is behind the wheel…

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July 22, 2019

Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department’s UFO Museum

On that winter evening, a fireball was seen streaking across the sky over six U.S. states and parts of Canada. Whatever it was landed in Kecksburg, PA, and was quickly removed in secret by the United States government. What really happened has remained an unsolved mystery ever since. Every year alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists gather in this small town for their annual Kecksburg UFO Festival. It’s a celebration that started as a simple town festival but evolved into a weekend of events…

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July 15, 2019

Kyuki-Do Martial Arts

“Martial arts is about more than just kicking and punching,” says the Bjorkquists. “Our kids’ martial arts programs work with children on age-specific skills that help their overall development.” Kyuki-Do is a Korean martial art that primarily incorporates elements of Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo. It is designed to be practical, versatile, and effective at a variety of different ranges and in a variety of different situations. Kyuki-Do is more than just an effective system of self-defense; however, it is a martial art that encourages students to realize their own potential, both physically, mentally, and spiritually.

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July 8, 2019

Wolfe Trucking

Our Design of the Week is this “Team Wolfepack” shirt from Wolfe Trucking from Van Nuys, California.

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July 1, 2019

Orrville Fire Department

On this July 2nd – 6th, 2019 the Orrville Firefighters are hosting their annual “Fire in the Sky Celebration,” a week-long festival that includes parades, softball and volleyball tournaments, and, of course, a massive fireworks display. It is estimated that more than 50,000 spectators descend upon the town for Saturday’s finale, more than five times the population of Orrville itself! Located in roughly 50 miles south of Cleveland in Wayne County, Ohio, Orrville is a town with a population around 8,500 and is home to some significant industry including Smuckers Jelly, Will-Burt, and Ventrac Tractors.

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June 24, 2019

Helivision, LLC

Founded in Charlotte, NC in 1993 by Buddy Knotts, Helivision has grown to be a nationwide company with 12 employees, recently working a high-profile helicopter role in “The Walking Dead,” and “Fear the Walking Dead.” With Emmy Award-winning pilots and camera operators, Helivision has provided aerial cinematography for companies such as Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, 20th Century FOX, History Channel, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Warner Brothers, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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June 17, 2019

Patriot Series | “Liberty Founded 1776”

The Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday, and people all across the country honor America with gatherings of family and friends, cookouts, parties and, of course, fireworks.” On Memorial Day, Excel launched the “Patriot Series” 2019 designs,” explains Excel founder Pat Tzanis, “The success was amazing, thousands of shirts printed and worn all over the US. l personally took a few dozen shirts to my club for our picnic, I should have brought a few hundred! People loved the design and put the shirts on immediately. I admit I loved seeing Excel on the back of such a patriotic shirt.”

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June 10, 2019

HTI Hall Trucking Express, Inc

Founded in 1985 by Jeff Hall, HTI is a family-owned and Veteran-owned and operated business, transporting refrigerated and dry freight in the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Illustrated by Excel artist Tim Fritz, HTI’s shirt design was very planned and very specific. The American-themed design was thought up by one of the HTI employees, geared towards celebrating the patriotic summer months.

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June 3, 2019

Summer’s Best Ice Cream

Ice cream shops opening for the summer is one of the most exciting times of the season, and we’re just as excited to feature Summer’s Best Ice Cream as our Design of the Week! Located in Johnstown, NY, Summer’s Best Ice Cream offers soft serve and a fun selection of sundaes and cold treats. With 13 flavors of soft serve available at all times, Summer’s Best always has standards like chocolate, vanilla, orange, and their most popular: chocolate peanut butter. They also rotate in other flavors on a weekly basis, featuring favorites like strawberry, coffee, coconut, mint, pistachio, maple, pumpkin pie, and more.

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May 27, 2019

Because of the Brave

On this Memorial Day, we would like to feature our “Because of the Brave” shirt as our Design of the Week. As the first edition of our “2019 Patriot Series,” this exclusive shirt was designed by our Excel illustrator Eric Poole and printed as a Memorial Day holiday giveaway to our employees. The design was so popular we decided to make them available to our customers and create the “Patriot Series” of designs.

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May 20, 2019

J&G Express

Founded by Gary Cox in 2005, J&G Express began as a family-owned trucking company in the Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee areas. It has expanded to include dump trucks service, now regularly hauling asphalt for a local asphalt company. Illustrated by Excel illustrator Alan Hood, the stylistic design features J&G’s Freightliner truck Gary himself drives.

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May 13, 2019

Pro Wrestler “Big Country” Matt McGraw

This amped-up shirt of pro wrestler “Big Country” Matt McGraw is our Design of the Week. McGraw has been on the roster of the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) since 2017 and can be regularly seen wrestling around the Greater Pittsburgh area.Illustrated by Excel artist Eric Poole, the cowboy hat-wearing strongman is flexing his tattooed muscles, surrounded by barbed wire with “BIG COUNTRY Matt McGraw” emblazoned across the bottom. It’s a design that, according to McGraw, perfectly reflects his personality…

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May 6, 2019

Trident Construction

So, in honor of National Construction Safety Week, we are spotlighting this safety-themed shirt from Trident Construction, an unlimited licensed contractor from Charleston, South Carolina. Providing construction services around the Southeastern United States, Trident Construction structured their business around their “TEAM BUILD” business model, with their design professionals working collaboratively with their clients…

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April 29, 2019

Honda Powersports 2019 FourTrax Foreman 4×4

“And there were two things that they loved about what we did: the custom artwork and the fact that we could cater to the dealers and provide them with a source of the products that they needed.” This new line of apparel will feature Honda motorcycles such as the Gold Wing, Africa Twin, Grom and CBR, and also ATVs like the FourTrax Foreman and the exciting new Talon…

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April 22, 2019

Kendall Towing, LLC

Kendall Towing owner, Nick Milanovic, is proud of his Pittsburgh roots. “We’re a Pittsburgh company; I grew up in Pittsburgh. [Lived here] all my life,” says Milanovic. “Pittsburgh Owned, Pittsburgh Grown.” And the Pittsburgh Pride has made its way onto almost every shirt Kendall Towing has ordered from Excel over the years. This featured shirt, illustrated by Excel artist Dean Dymerski, is no different, with a strong presence of the Pittsburgh skyline in the background…

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April 15, 2019

McHugh Excavating & Plumbing

Founded in 1976 by Daniel McHugh, the company performs a wide variety of projects across Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota, including water and sewer utilities, excavating and grading, trucking, lift stations, wastewater treatment plants, tank removal, and helical pile installation. Growing up with the business, Daniel’s so