From its humble beginnings as a specialty sewing business operated from the family’s basement, 5B’s now occupies a 170,000 square foot facility that operates 20 hours a day. The facility has over 400 embroidery heads and 7 screen print presses and is continually growing. In addition to custom embroidery and screen print, 5B’s offers a wide variety of other services including digitizing, warehousing, special garment prepping, shipping and rush orders! 5B’s prides itself on providing our customers with on time delivery, attention to detail, customer service and competitive pricing. We invite you to experience the 5B’s difference and we are confident you will “bee” pleased!
In 1980, 5B’s was created as a specialty sewing business, operated from the Biles family basement in Zanesville, Ohio. Within eight months, the business outgrew its humble beginnings and the Biles family rented a small building for the growing company. By 1981, 5B’s had seven associates and moved into a 3,000 square foot building in downtown Zanesville. A year later, they purchased their first six-head single needle computer embroidery machine.
In 1984, 5B’s moved again, this time to a 12,000 square foot building. With 35 associates and growing, 5B’s purchased an art and digitizing system that allowed for greater versatility with designs. In 1985, 5B’s landed its first contract with a nationally-distributed clothing manufacturer. By 1991, 5B’s had moved again to a 69,000 square foot facility. Full-time artists had been employed for four years, along with over 100 other associates.
Employment topped the 700 mark in 1993, when the business found itself operating 20 hours a day, seven days a week. In 1994, 5B’s was selected as the number one embroidery corporation in the United States by Impressions Magazine, the oldest and largest trade publication in the industry. In 1996, 5B’s became one of the largest contract embroidery corporations in the country, with over 700 embroidery heads. A new 170,000 square foot facility was opened, housing embroidery, apparel preparation, customer service, an art and digitizing department, warehousing, and corporate and administrative offices.
5B’s still operates from that location today but has never lost sight of where the last 37 years in the embroidery business has brought them. From our humble beginnings to the present, 5B’s mission has remained the same and continues to be the backbone of our company - To be the best privately owned embroidery business in the world, serving you, our valued customer.
“As a company based on Christian principles, we must always put God first, others second, and ourselves last.
We will achieve our goal of being the BEST privately owned company in the world, living by this philosophy.”
“THE ‘CBA’s ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE ‘ABC’s.
IF YOU CAN CONCEIVE IT, AND YOU BELIEVE IT, THEN YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
– Lee Biles, 5B’s Co-Founder