About Us

What began as a class project between two high school friends has grown into a full-service custom apparel and promotional product company located in the heart of Southern Illinois. Silkworm has been serving its customers, team members, and community since 1981. In that time, Silkworm has grown from a basement to a 32,000 square foot building, from a single screen printing press to seven presses and state of the art equipment, from two friends to a dedicated team of over 65 employees. Silkworm is now the leading custom apparel, promotional products and graphic design company in the region. Part of our success is attributed to our dedication to quality and our attention to detail, although the real secret (which is no secret to our customers) is our awesome customer service. We value our customers and are committed to helping them succeed.

“We want to not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations.”


Bob Chambers, President and Founder of Silkworm

“We strive to build on our foundations of awesome customer service.”


Cheryl Endres, Executive Vice President and Operations Manager

We continue to build our business on our long-standing traditions of creating the best customer experience. We strive to go above and beyond to provide our customers with quality items that are innovative, budget-friendly, and stand out. We work as an extension to your team to help make your first impression last! 

We are committed to quality and are committed to our quality processes. Our vendors are specifically and specially chosen by consistently delivering high-quality goods to better represent your company brand. 

We recognize that we wouldn’t have reached the success we experience today without the help of our community, businesses, organizations, and groups. The entire team at Silkworm participates in community events and we are proud to say that we are one of the most active companies in the communities we serve.

We love what we do and appreciate our communities and love to give back through various sponsorships, events, donations, volunteering and internship opportunities.