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Local business hired to print championship t-shirts

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Pawtucket, R.I. (WPRI) – A local business is hopeful that Super Bowl Sunday will be a very busy night, not just for the players in Houston.

Pawtucket’s Mirror Image is on standby to print championship t-shirts should the Patriots take home the Lombardi trophy after facing off against the Atlanta Falcons.

Employees will watch the game at home, and if it looks like the Patriots are winning in the fourth quarter, they’ll head to work and it’ll be all hands on deck.

Manager Aimee Derouen says the company is often commissioned “to print for the Bruins, the Celtics, [and] the Red Sox. So it’s very exciting as a Rhode Island company to be printing for the local team, so we’re all in that spirit.”

Derouen says printing would begin the minute the Patriots win.

First, blank t-shirts will be loaded onto the press. They’ll rotate in a circle, each one getting printed with the championship design. Then, they’ll get put on a conveyor belt. The shirts will be exposed to a 350 degree temperature so the ink will dry quickly, before getting folded and packed away for delivery.

When asked about this year’s design, Derouen said, “we do have them. They’ve been approved. However, it’s top secret.”

If the Patriots win, all championship t-shirts should be printed within seven to eight hours. In the past, employees have worked up to 24 hours straight.

However, if the outcome isn’t as desirable, the company doesn’t even unpack the blank t-shirts. The trucks come the following day and pick up the same boxes.

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