The University of Oregon plans to start dealing with only a single manufacturer for Ducks apparel instead of dozens, leading in-state companies to believe the contract could go outside of Oregon.
The university is following the lead of other large universities such as Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma to use a single manufacturer for consistency and to maximize revenue.
Records at the university’s merchandising office show more than 70 apparel licensees were issued in 2012, but only one Oregon firm — Springfield-based McKenzie SewOn — exceeded $100,000 in royalty payments.
Rick Lieberson of T-Line Design in Canby said university-related sales make up about 10 percent of his business and he had expected that share to grow. “Nobody in Oregon will be able to do this, so it will have to be out of state," he said. “I don’t think anyone’s going to bite."
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