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Fact Sheet

Kerusso

Story Behind the Name

Kerusso is the Greek word for "preach."

Company Mission

Proclaiming the Good News to the world through products about Jesus.

Tagline

"Change your shirt. Change the world!"

 

Background

Vic Kennett, just 23 years old and working construction, in 1987 saw a t-shirt with a faith message and was inspired to share his faith in the same way. He started his company with a $1,000 family loan, a table top screen printing press and homemade dryer in a spare room at home, and just three designs. Today Kerusso is the premier producer of Christian-themed Apparel, Jewelry & Accessories.

Expansion

Kerusso has grown well beyond the Kennett family home, now with more than 100 employees at its 65,000-square-foot complex on its campus in Berryville, Ark. In 1998, gifts, jewelry and accessories joined the company’s Christian clothing line. Today, Kerusso products can be found at more than 5,000 retail outlets in over100 countries around the globe.

Awards and Milestones

2012

  • Kerusso 25th Anniversary
  • Inc. 5000 Honor Roll for 5th time on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies
  • First Place in Retailers Choice Award in Apparel/Accessories category for “Courageous” T-shirt
  • The Blue & You Fitness Challenge - First Place
  • Founder and President, Vic Kennett, publishes his first book, Change Your Shirt. Change The World!

2011

  • First place Retailers Choice Award in General Gift Product category for "Weapons of Our Warfare"" t-shirt
  • First place under Impressions magazine multicolor screen printing on light or dark garments category for "Fishers of Men 3"" t-shirt
  • The Blue&You Fitness Challenge
  • The Million Hour Safety Award.

2010

  • Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for the fourth straight year
  • For COURAGEOUS, the movie, Kerusso is exclusive apparel licensee
  • Kerusso partners with Karen Kingsbury, official apparel partner for Like Dandelion Dust Community

Kerusso has donated thousands of t-shirts to churches; boys and girls ranches; shelters; and disaster-stricken areas—most recently to relief efforts in the wake of the deadly tornados in Alabama and Joplin, Mo.

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