Rick Washburn has expanded Grand Ledge's Comet Corner Sports Shop by 1,000 square feet, expanding his now 2,000 square feet business into a formally vacant downtown building.
“There’s still a lot of work out there, you just have to work a little harder to get it,” Washburn says.
Comet Corner Sports Stop produces screen-printing and embroidery for a variety of products, including clothing. The shop has facilities in Grand Ledge and Mason. The expanded Grand Ledge location includes retail and production space.
Comet Corner Sports Stop first opened in Mason in 1990. In 1995, Washburn opened a shop in Grand Ledge. During the next 10 years, he acquired embroidery machines and in 2000, opened a warehouse in Grand Ledge.
Last year, the company bought an ink jet printer cutter, which improves production time for certain graphics, banners, yard signs and window stickers.
“This required some space to work and operate, and we also saw an increase in demand,” he says. “It just happened that the other side of the building hadn’t been filled in a while so we took it , doubled our size and brought in more inventory.”
Comet Corner Sports Stop is located at 124 W. Ash in Mason and 201 S. Bridge St. in Grand Ledge.
Source: Rick Washburn, Comet Corner Sports Stop
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