Lime Sportswear started in April of 1977 on Baltimore Pike in East Lansdowne, PA. The company
was financed with a 500.00 loan. In 1979 Lime Sportswear moved to Garrett Rd. in Drexel Hill, PA
and in 1980 the company purchased a 4 head Ultramatic embroidery machine. By 1981 more space
was needed and the company moved back to East Lansdowne at 503 Baltimore Pike where it stayed
for 11 years. During most of this period the company contracted out its screen printing to a
neighboring company. Lime Sportswear supplied them with embroidery and they in turn supplied
Lime Sportswear with screen printing. By 1988 the company’s need for increased screen printing
production and control over its’ ability to accept orders requiring a faster turnaround, forced Lime
Sportswear to consider screen printing. Between October of 1988 and March of 1989 the company
acquired another location on Baltimore Pike in East Lansdowne. The necessary equipment was
purchased and an experienced person was hired to run the screen printing operation. It did not take
long to realize the space and equipment we had were insufficient to meet the needs of our
customers. The search for the right place took almost 2 years.
In 1991 the company moved to 842 Main St. Darby, PA. With the move came an almost new dryer
with the capacity to meet our customers growing needs in screen printing. The company purchased
an eight color automatic screen printing press that same year. The computerization of the art
department followed in 1992. The embroidery operation stayed in East Lansdowne until its’ room
was remodeled in late 1992. In 1993 the company purchased a 12 head Tajima embroidery machine
that put us in a league ahead of most of the competition. In 1994 the company converted to
The company prospered in Darby, expanding its’ work force to twelve employees. The company
purchased a second 12 head Tajima embroidering machine in 1997 and a 4 head Tajima in 2001.
During this period the company added another screen printing line with a 6 color automatic press
and an extended dryer to handle its’ production.
The need for a showroom, which was not practical to create in Darby, had Lime Sportswear
searching for another building. This was a 2 year process. In March of 2006 the Company made its’
new home in Lansdowne, PA, bringing all of the equipment from Darby and adding some new. The
building had to be upgraded electrically and a floor plan was designed to suit its’ new purpose.
We are about to write new chapters in the company history. The machinery is in place but it will not
dictate the course of the story. The success or failure of a company can only be determined by its’
employees; the people who operate the machinery, take care of the preparation, pack, receive, and
ship the goods, maintain the facilities, do the bookkeeping, design, sell and manage. Each task is
intertwined with the others. Each one says something about the company as a whole.
Company handbook rev. March 20, 2007.
The Lime Story...