Amalgamated Culture Works
420 Pine St Burlington, VT 05401 | (802) 864-7630
We are Amalgamated Culture Works, directly descended from the Amalgamated Cultural Workers of America and we’ve been screenprinting t-shirts since 1981. We’re located in Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Burlington is the largest city in the state and the home of the University of Vermont. We’re proud of our home; it is a great place to live and work although occasionally it does get a little cold.
Wayne Turiansky, who is still at the helm, although no longer at the squeegee started ACW in March of 1981 in his living room in the hills outside of Wallingford VT, in the central part of the state. Originally, we only sold custom printed t-shirts, although within six months of start-up, a potential customer suggested that we create a line of Vermont shirts to peddle to stores who made their living primarily from our state’s substantial tourist trade.
Wayne ran around to every artist he knew and within a few weeks had cobbled together a small line of simple humorous designs. They took off and after logging over 40,000 miles on his 1966 Volvo station wagon within the next year, Amalgamated Culture Works became the world’s largest producer of Vermont t-shirts, a distinction we hold to this day.
By summer of 1982, he had outgrown the living room and moved to a storefront in Rutland, some 13 miles north, and had hired his first employee. Years of growth followed and in the spring of 1986, ACW made the big move north to Burlington. Now a company of several employees, we were well received in the Queen City.