The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression
Manhattan, KS (Vocus) September 28, 2010
Inc. magazine ranked GTM Sportswear® No. 2270 on its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.
“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”
GTM Sportswear® is a national sportswear company specializing in their own branded line of team uniforms, warm-ups and practice apparel with custom screen print and embroidery embellishment. They have been included in Inc. 5000 since its inception in 2007. The business began in 1989 as a small operation selling Greek apparel out of the back of a van on college campuses. Since branching out into the high school booster market in 1993, the business has seen exponential growth and has vastly expanded their product offering to a full line of uniforms, warm-ups and awards for more than 16 athletic markets.
GTM® headquarters is located in Manhattan, Kansas where a 160,000 square foot facility warehouses over $11 million in inventory. All orders are fulfilled from this location. The company employs over 700 people, most of them in the Manhattan, Kansas location. While the majority of the company’s sales come from their internal sales staff, direct mail and the internet, the company has recently expanded into bricks and mortar locations in Lawrence, Kansas and Omaha, Nebraska. They have also added an outside sales team of more than 30 sales representatives strategically placed around the country. They have seen success in these new channels and plan to continue to expand. To learn more about GTM Sportswear® visit their website at gtmsportswear.com.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found on inc.com/5000.