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Owensboro firm busy making NCAA T-shirts

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Terry Matthews was still caught up in the Monday madness of the NCAA men's basketball championship Tuesday morning. He had been up all night and likely would not sleep until after 10 p.m.

But this is not fan fever.

Terry and Andrea Matthews, owners of Terry's T's at 1359 E. Fourth St., received a subcontract to produce the official NCAA championship T-shirt in a half-dozen or so different designs.

The University of Kentucky basketball team won the 2012 NCAA men's basketball title Monday night defeating Kansas 67-59.

Terry's T's is a subcontractor and is registered with the collegiate licensing company to produce the official shirts.

"We were down here after the game was over and started immediately," Matthews said Tuesday. "We'll produce over 5,000 pieces in two days."

Just to put that number in perspective, the shop turned out about 7,500 pieces during all of last week.

His shirts will have the official collegiate seal to authenticate them.

Matthews said his wife sent him home to sleep, "but that lasted about 15 minutes."

The Matthews also were approved Tuesday as one of the outlets to sell the shirts in all of the various designs. The shirts cost $20 for youth and $22 for adult sizes.

Terry's T's subcontract is with Logo Express, a Florida-based company with offices in Owensboro. The company is one of about six vendors that is producing the official shirts.

"We worked Terry all night," Thompson said Tuesday morning at Terry's T's.

Logo Express also is licensed in 15 states to produce all of the state high school championship shirts, including Kentucky's. The company also provides shirts from bowl games.

Thompson had subcontracted with Terry's T's in the past for state championship shirts.

The couple's 20-year-old company has been at the current location for seven years. Matthews said he started the business in a 12-by-12 shed.

Terry's T's now has five full-time employees counting the Matthews, and the company may be adding a second shift soon, Terry Matthews said. The business also does printing for Adidas and Taylor Made for their umbrellas and golf bags. "They keep us hopping," he said.