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Louisville e-commerce company still growing

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- It is an e-commerce powerhouse, and it is right here in Louisville at the Jefferson Riverport International.  CafePress is having a very good 2012 and is poised for more growth in 2013.

"This is the busiest time of the year and in fact, you've arrived at the busiest day of the year," CafePress CEO Bob Marino told WDRB News on Friday.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, CafePress will produce and ship more than a million customized products all over the world from its Riverport operation, everything from T-shirts to personalized calendars.

"We ourselves don't design the products, our customers do," explains Marino, "and because our customers do, they are very excited and passionate about the products we create, because they brought that passion to it, and we are just a partner to them, and we get a lot of accolades for doing that."

The latest accolade came earlier this week when CafePress was selected as the large company of the year in Louisville by Business First.  It came out on top of such well known companies as GE and Kindred Healthcare.

2012 has been a very busy year for Marino, who explains, "We made two acquisitions this year, we took the company public, and we moved our headquarters from California to the Bluegrass State, we are so pleased to have done that."

Marino says those acquisitions will mean more jobs coming to the Louisville operation.  "Next year is going to be a big year for us because we are going to be bringing operations from other states to Louisville," he says.

CafePress says it helps its workers to quickly become skilled at their jobs.  "All of the software at CafePress is designed to make it easy for the worker to come in and pick up the computer and begin working right away," says senior engineer Chris Freeman.

Currently there are 400 permanent workers at CafePress, with another 700 seasonal ones.

Marino says Louisville and Kentucky are good places to operate an e-commerce company.  "I hope that what we've done by coming here," says Marino, "and becoming the first publicly traded e-commerce company headquartered in this state, I hope that others follow suit."

He credits the fact that the UPS Air Hub is in Louisville with a big part of the decision to bring the CafePress operation to the city. 

During the next two years CafePress expects to hire 200 additional workers at its Louisville operation.

The company is receiving incentives from the state to bring additional jobs to the region.

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