SanMar supplies some 1,000 different imprintable sportswear and accessory items to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, and athletics dealers. SanMar markets T-shirts, golf shirts, hats, bags, and other products. It's the exclusive distributor for the NIKE Golf, New Era, and OGIO brands and makes clothing under private labels Port Authority, District Threads, Sport-Tek, CornerStone, and Precious Cargo. SanMar sells Columbia Sportswear, Jerzees, Hanes, Gildan, Eddie Bauer, and Outer Banks lines, as well. Executive Marty Lott founded the family owned business in 1971.
Headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, SanMar serves its customers through eight national distribution centers, which boast more than 4 million sq. ft. Its distribution centers reside in Preston, Washington; Cincinnati, Ohio; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Robbinsville, New Jersey; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Phoenix, Arizona.
As part of its growth strategy, SanMar regularly rolls out new collections and partners with other companies to boost its portfolio of brands. Over the years, the apparel distributor has added more than 75 new products for spring and summer, including new offerings from Nike Golf and OGIO. SanMar has also launched a dozen types of Nike Golf bags, as well as polo shirts and caps. Previously, it inked deals to begin carrying Eddie Bauer- and First Ascent-branded outerwear styles.
SanMar celebrated its 43th anniversary in 2014. Marty Lott launched SanMar as part of a college assignment, and initially worked in the basement of his father's company. Lott's father had first used the SanMar name (derived by combining his children's names) for his own company.