Local businesses struggle to find T-shirts, hats to fill orders

Kathy and Ron Scheetz, owners of the Akron Shirt Factory in Norton, show a T-shirt made for the Summit County Fair's directors.

There are not many commonalities among computer chips, chicken wings and T-shirts, but one is that they are all becoming increasingly hard to find.

Similar to local car dealerships and restaurants, Summit County’s T-shirt shops are having difficulty with supply shortages.

A supply chain at capacity

“It’s been a nightmare,” said Shawn Ritchie, owner of Ritchie’s Sporting Goods in Tallmadge.

Ritchie orders his products from many of the nation’s wholesale apparel companies, such as SanMar and One Stop, along with major brands like Gildan, JerZees, Adidas and Nike. All have had issues filling orders within the last six months, he said.

Action Sports Apparel in Norton has been impacted by a lack of T-shirts and hats, according to Justin Jivan, one of the shop’s employees.

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