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January 19, 2012

Super fast machines personalize official Stock Show duds

0119 Stock Show 15Nearly all the employees of Tioga Territory, a custom apparel company in Chanute, Kan., traveled here to sell official Stock Show jackets, t-shirts, hoodies and other mementos.

In a room behind one of seven booths, they run three embroidery machines that sometimes whir simultaneously, sewing on names, ranch brands and logos on garments. Each machine can do 1,200 stitches per minute, allowing folks to pick up the completed job within 20 to 30 minutes officials said.

"We digitize the design. We put it in the computer, the computer sends it to the embroidery machine and it puts it on the garment," said Dee Lee, a warehouse worker.  "We get a lot of custom orders. People will order hats and coats for employees. That can take two to three days."

It takes a week to set up the booths and three more days after the show to break them down, Lee said. Her area is in the Planet Agriculture building next to the stage where the Ag Magic show is produced for groups of schoolchildren.

"I've seen it close to 20 times," she said. "I've got it memorized pretty well."

Jessamy Brown and Joyce Marshall

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