In honor of GTM’s 25th birthday, we thought it would be fun to show you a timeline of GTM’s success and expansion. Here is some insight about our history and how it all began! Did you know that GTM was original named “It’s Greek To Me?”
1989: After graduating from Kansas State University, Dave Dreiling sold his limousine business and used the proceeds to buy half of “It’s Greek To Me” from David Barnes. Their business plan consisted of traveling in vans to sororities and fraternities across the Midwest selling Greek apparel. First year sales exceeded $500,000!
1990: Dave Dreiling and Dave Barnes expanded their sales region and converted Dreiling’s garage into their first warehouse. They also secured a $30,000 SBA line of credit, and sales hit $1M.
1992: Dave Dreiling was named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Small Business Administration for the state of Kansas and Missouri.
1996: GTM’s Sales exceeded $4M. To celebrate achieving a “4.0,” the whole company (which consisted of 56 people including employees and families) celebrated the 4th of July at a resort on the Lake of the Ozarks.
1997: GTM expanded their retail presence via the “Cats Closet,” a new partnership with K-State Athletics involving a retail store at the football stadium and other venues. This retail store allowed GTM to offer K-State apparel to the fans on the spot in preparation for each game.
1998: GTM moved into their new 32,000 square foot facility on McCall Rd. The company also developed a semi-permanent cushion seat for K-State. GTM then further developed the idea and patented it. This led to a spin-off company called “Cushion Seats Inc.,” which has seated over 80 college stadiums across the US.
1999: GTM’s website went live for the first time. This allowed customers all over the world to see the great products that GTM had to offer.
2001: GTM expanded its building another 5,000 square feet as its “High School” division continued to grow 30-40% annually.
2007: Another big building expansion of 24,000 square feet brought total square footage to over 108,000 square feet. The employee count topped 400 people and sales grew to $34M. Dave Dreiling was announced as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young Central Midwest.
2008: GTM introduced sequins and flexi print to expand their production capabilities. These new sequin machines gave GTM the opportunity to offer designs with bling to the cheer, dance and gymnastics apparel. Employee totals exceed 500 and sales grow to over $43M.
2010: GTM hired their very first Outside Sales Representatives to service spirit teams.
2011: GTM launched a fully redeveloped website with an unmatched customization tool that allows customers to embellish items and see their final product prior to making a purchase. In August, GTM opened a location in Topeka, Kansas as a seasonal store dedicated to selling liquidated blank GTM garments.
2013: GTM proudly announced the opening of a brand new UltraFuse™ Sublimation Center. The UltraFuse uniforms and practicewear are created with an advanced dye sublimation technology in which team graphics, names and logos are heat-infused directly into fabric.
2014: GTM broke ground on the new K-State Superstore across the street from the current one. The new store will be approximately 6,000 square feet of purple K-State pride!
It has been our mission to give you the ultimate customer experience by providing quality customized apparel, at just the right price. Thank you for letting us be a part of your team. We look forward to the next 25 years!