UConn championship tees means all hands on deck

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Minutes after the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team captured the national title Monday night, machines at Zuse Inc. started working, pumping out champion apparel non-stop.

“Right now, we’re through about 7,000 and who knows we might end up printing a thousand or two more,” Jesse Mahon of Zuse said Tuesday afternoon.

It was all hands on deck Tuesday. Hope Citrin, who usually does sales, instead was on stickers.

“We’ve been here since 5 and I think now it’s 11:30 and I’m ready for lunch,” she said.

Zuse prints for Nike and a company called Powers Ink.

“This is bedlam,” Dennis Powers of Powers Ink said of the 600-shirts-an-hour pace. “It’s a good bedlam but we’re all enjoying it if we can last.”

“This is like a little bonanza for all of us,” Powers added.

And things might not calm down anytime soon with the UConn women playing in their own national championship Tuesday night. In fact, it might be a while until folks here get a rest.

“As soon as you can get them in there it’s helpful for the stores because they’re a hot item as soon as they open in the morning,” Mahon said.

And as you can see in the video, the women’s championship design is good to go.

Tina Detelj reporting

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