AVS Activewear has been the trendsetter for quality screen-printed apparel in Western New York since 1979.

Company History

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AVS Lettering Inc. was established in February 1979 by brothers Vic and Tony Ciaccia, and partner Stan Krupa. Their first job (200 pairs of nylon gym shorts with a one-color print on the leg for Xerox Corporation) took all day and most of the night to complete. Six years later, the company took top honors in the finished garments category at an International industry show in New Orleans that had over 1000 other entries. AVS was hooked—excellence in apparel screen printing became their passion!

Originally, AVS Activewear focused on contract printing with local retailers. Through this work AVS printed hundreds of thousands of garments and gained valuable hands-on experience. Over time, AVS Activewear's reputation spread. It now prints garments for national companies, shipping work throughout the U.S. as well as globally. Their work ranges from local youth teams to the NFL and NBA.

Today, Vic and Tony Ciaccia still own and manage the day-to-day operations of AVS Activewear and continue to grow and expand its operations to better serve their many customers. The company's steady growth and achievements remain based on the qualities that have made them a success: realistic expectations, perseverance, and a commitment to long-term success. After 32 years, AVS Activewear still strives to provide the highest quality screen printing to anyone, anywhere in the world without forgetting its local ties.

Our word is our promise

"Our original philosophy has always been - we will provide good service to our customers—not just a good price, but the willingness to get the job done within the customer's time frame, not ours." Vic says. " We make it a point to meet that demand. Our loyal customer base has been built through quality service and by the way we rise to meet a challenge. He adds, “Beyond that, in business, you have to remember you are only as good as your last job. AVS will always do what it takes to get the job done.”

"We are in an event- driven business," says Tony. "So it is important to meet a customer’s time frame.” AVS has developed a system of processing orders that is second to none. The company works closely with its customer base to verify delivery.

Contract Printing

Our 15,000-square foot production facility, along with a staff of 30, provides screen printing on a wide variety of uniforms and fabrics. AVS Activewear has a full range of products from t-shirts to caps, from sweatshirts to jackets, from numbered athletic wear to corporate apparel, all of which can be customized with screen-printing or embroidery.

We are very familiar with the challenges of printing on the many different athletic fabric blends available in the marketplace today. With 11 manual stations and three-forced air, gas dryers, we have the versatility to print anything from a one--color to 6-color design. In addition, we have automatic capability for larger orders.

Benefit from AVS Expertise

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Athletic numbers: If you require athletic numbers on your apparel, we offer a full range of options, including 6 different athletic fonts in one and two-color direct screen printing; numbering on uniforms for any sport from baseball to rugby. Uniform numbers are available in 4", 6", 8", 10", and 12". The AVS numbering system is unique - designed and developed in-house - and is unlike any system currently available in the industry. In fact, the AVS number library is comprised of over 11,000 screens. This allows us to print directly onto the garment, not transfer or heat press as is common among many screen printers. As a result, we have greater flexibility to process orders in a timely fashion.

Count on AVS Dependability. Standard delivery time ranges from 7 to 14 days, however, orders can be completed in less time to meet customer needs. Rush jobs – in less than 24 hours – are necessary on some occasions. On time delivery is our priority therefore we never over-promise - If we cannot complete an order by a date requested, our customers are contacted upon receipt of the order.

We are capable of receiving drop shipments and can send UPS Third Party for orders you would like delivered directly to your customers.

A Special Message To Other Screen Printing Companies:

We understand that your goal is to process all orders internally. However, there are times when an order or special event conflicts with an already busy production schedule. In these instances, AVS could be a great asset in helping you meet a tight deadline for an unexpected opportunity.

At AVS, our goal is to work with each customer as part of its team.

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