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Seahawks Win Is Good For Local Business

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Thousands of Super Bowl Champion T-shirts were made through the night right here in Spokane. As soon as the game ended, Zome design went right to work, so stores in Seattle could start selling the shirts on Monday. Places like Zome Design are just one example of how the Seahawks win is good for local business.

Even though it was clear early on that the Seahawks would come out of the game as Super Bowl Champions, the work at Zome Design did not start until the clock ticked down to zero.

"We started printing last night after the game," said Zome Design employee George Badner. "Our contract wouldn't allow us to print until the game was over, even though it was pretty much over at half time."

Since 7:00 p.m. Sunday night workers have been printing shirts, sending them through the dryer, and taping up boxes to send over to Seattle.

"They're all going over on the other side, over to Seattle, and they'll be distributed to outlets over there," Badner said.

Each shirt takes about 3 to 4 minutes to make and so far, Zome has printed more than 10,000 of them.

"We're printing about 620 per hour right now, so it's going pretty fast," Badner said.

This month is usually a slow one for the t-shirt business, but thanks to the Hawks win, that is not the case.

"Great for business," Badner said. "We had NFC Championship shirts, obviously now we're printing Super Bowl shirts, so it's been great, a lot of buzz."

That buzz has boosted sales and prevented the company from laying off any staff during what would normally be a slow period.

"So for us it's great, for them it's great, we're not losing employees, we're gaining and keeping printers employed," Badner said.

Making working through the night well worth it.

"Long nights, long days, but it's been fun," Badner said.

Unfortunately, all of the shirts made at Zome Design will end up in Seattle. Zome was only licensed to distribute the shirts, not sell them here in Spokane. Regardless though, the Seahawks win has given a boost to our local economy.

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