Hodges Badge Company, Inc. opens new manufacturing Facility in Washington, MO.

For Immediate Release

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (October 9, 2015) – Rick Hodges, President of Hodges Badge Company, announced the opening of their new manufacturing facility in Washington, Missouri today. The 82,000 square foot building consolidates all of the firm’s Missouri activities under one roof for the first time in many years. Hodges previously operated from two separate buildings elsewhere in Washington Missouri.

Speaking at the grand opening celebration today, CEO Rick Hodges and General Manager Jolyn Maune praised the hard work of the Hodges team and of all the contractors who worked to make this day possible. In particular, Hodges thanked Washington Engineering and Architecture for their design work, Lewis & Associates (Project Management) and Sieve Contractors (steel and metal building work). The project was financed by the Bank of Franklin County.

Members of the Hodges family traveled from all over the US to attend this event. During the ceremonies, Hodges Board Chairman Jim Hodges said, “When we first considered Washington for our second plant location, everyone in the community, from Dick Oldenburg, then the community development director, to the banks, contractors, and the entire business community welcomed us with open arms. Of course, these people would benefit from our arrival. But what it conveyed was that Washington was looking for new business and wanted to grow. And grow it has. In 1987, when we were looking for a building site it would have been easy to pick any of a hundred towns, but we wanted one that was business friendly and looking to grow because then our investments would grow with the town. They have. We believe that Washington’s growth will continue, and our investment in this new building along with it.”

Mr. Hodges stated that the company currently employs 65 people in Washington, a number that is expected to rise in the coming years. In fact, the company is looking for new employees in both Rhode Island and Missouri. This new building includes facilities for Customer Service, rosette and ribbon manufacturing, engraving, and trophy production. Medals will also be added to the lines produced in Missouri in 2016.

About Hodges Badge Company, Inc.
Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is the country’s leading manufacturer of quality custom awards. The company manufactures custom award ribbons, custom rosettes, medals, plaques, presentation silver, crystal, badge ribbons, sashes and buttons.

Founded in 1920 by William F. Hodges, Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with manufacturing facilities in Rhode Island and Missouri. The company employs 100 people in Portsmouth, RI and 65 people in Washington, Mo. The company sells its products via catalogs and the Internet. Primary markets include equestrian events, dog shows, fairs/4-H, swimming, gymnastics, and schools.

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Contact:
Rick Hodges
President
Hodges Badge Company
800-556-2440
rhodges@hodgesbadge.com
http://www.hodgesbadge.com

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Reflections on a summer spent in manufacturing

It was a lot of hard work by a lot of hard workers this summer to move our manufacturing plant to a new building. Jeff Hodges, the next generation gives us a different perspective on our move.

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Groundbreaking Groundbreaking at 6440 Enduro Drive

From a young age I’ve been exposed to my family’s manufacturing business, Hodges Badge Company, but it wasn’t until this summer that I got out of the office and into the manufacturing area that I really started to understand it.

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I’ve spent the better part of every summer since I was about twelve working at the family business in one role or another, some summers were spent cutting the grass, others spent in sales and marketing, I even spent one summer working on product videos for the web – but this summer was different.

HBC Portsmouth Hodges Badge Company Portsmouth,RI Facility

In November of last year we began a large project to develop a new building in Missouri. We’ve had manufacturing there for 25+ years but it always lagged behind our other facility in Portsmouth, RI – the one I’d grown up in. I…

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Product Update: Introducing our new Millennium© Neck Ribbons

Many customers have asked us to offer a wider and softer neck ribbon and wanted the ability to customize the neck ribbon in full color, at a reasonable price.  We listened and have just launched our new line of neck ribbons.  Just send us your artwork and we will create a unique, memorable neck ribbon in vivid colors.  Custom artwork services are available if you need help.

Custom Millennium© V-Stiched Neck Ribbons

  • 1 ½ x 32” v-stitched Millennium© neck ribbons come attached to your medals
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Stock Millennium© Neck Ribbons

If you need award medals with distinctive neck ribbons on short notice, our new Millennium© neck ribbons are available in 24 vibrant stock designs.  These new neck ribbons are available now for most of our medals.

  • 1 ½ x 32” v-stitched Millennium© neck ribbons come attached to your medals
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Press Release: Hodges Badge Company Announces Acquisition of Garden Spot Ribbon and Awards

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (December 29, 2014) – Rick Hodges, President of Hodges Badge Company, announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Garden Spot Ribbon and Awards of Ephrata, PA.  Jennifer Hodges, Director of Customer Service, indicated that Garden Spot’s customer information is already being incorporated into Hodges’ systems and that all their customers can expect a seamless transition to Hodges Badge Company, Inc.  The acquisition of Garden Spot is very synergistic for Hodges as both companies place a similar emphasis on horse shows.

Mr. Hodges stated that this is the company’s second acquisition this year.  Already the nation’s largest award ribbon manufacturer, Hodges Badge Company is expanding its manufacturing facilities to handle this additional growth. Construction of enlarged manufacturing facilities in Washington, MO is well under way, and completion of the 80,000 square foot manufacturing building is expected in July of 2015.

About Hodges Badge Company, Inc.

Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is the country’s leading custom manufacturer of quality made ribbons, rosettes, medals, sashes and buttons. The company employs 100 people in Portsmouth and 60 people in Washington, Mo. Founded in 1920 by William F. Hodges.  Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with manufacturing facilities in Rhode Island and Missouri. The company sells its products via catalogs and the Internet.  Primary markets include equestrian events, dog shows, fairs/4-H, swimming, gymnastics, and schools.

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Press Release: Hodges Badge Company Announces Acquisition of Southeast Ribbon and Badge

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (September 18, 2014) – Rick Hodges, President of Hodges Badge Company, announced today that the company has completed its acquisition of Southeast Ribbon and Badge of Roxboro, North Carolina. Jennifer Hodges, Director of Customer Service, indicated that Southeast Ribbon’s customer information is already being incorporated into Hodges’ systems and that Southeast Ribbon customers should expect a seamless transition to Hodges Badge Company, Inc.

Mr. Hodges indicated that this was just one of several acquisitions currently under consideration.  Already the nation’s largest award ribbon manufacturer, Hodges Badge Company is expanding its manufacturing facilities to handle this additional growth. Construction has started for a new, larger, manufacturing facility in Washington, MO, near its current manufacturing facility. Hodges indicated that ground will be broken for the new building in October, with completion scheduled for July of 2015.

About Hodges Badge Company, Inc.

Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is the country’s leading custom manufacturer of quality made ribbons, rosettes, medals, sashes and buttons. The company employs 100 people in Portsmouth and 60 people in Washington, Mo. Founded in 1920 by William F. Hodges.  Hodges Badge Company, Inc. is headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with manufacturing facilities in Rhode Island and Missouri. The company sells its products via catalogs and the Internet.  Primary markets include equestrian events, dog shows, fairs/4-H, swimming, gymnastics, and schools.

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Your FIRST PLACE for AWARDS®

Hodges Badge Company’s Core Value: Pride

The Core Value word of the month for July was PRIDE. Pride is an important core value for Hodges and is one of the values that we think consistently ranks our company, products, and service so highly by our customers and suppliers.
We celebrated the Pride core value this month with a “Decorate Your Department” contest.  Each department demonstrated department pride, team pride, company pride, or pride in the USA in very creative ways. Everyone in both plants celebrated the conclusion of the competition at a Sundae party and the department winner at each plant received a Core Values trophy and pizza coupon.
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This Core Values trophy is now displayed proudly at each facility.
The competition was intense, but at lot of fun.  The judging was very difficult as you can see by the pictures below.
The Winning Decorations: Missouri Manufacturing Plant
The Winning Decorations: Rhode Island Manufacturing plant
We were absolutely amazed by the creativity and pride exhibited by all of the participating departments.  Many department presentations integrated pride in the USA with their pride in Hodges Badge Company and their departments in very unique ways.
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Hodges Badge Company’s Core Value: Creative

We have had fun this month celebrating “creative”, our core value word for May and June.  Our Core Values team held two events, a fun fruit sculpture design contest and then a product design contest, which provided the opportunity for all Hodges associates to design an award product. We awarded over 100 trophies and ribbons!

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Fruit Sculpture contest

We had over 30 fruit sculptures entered for this contest.  All winners received a custom Core Values ribbon and coupons for use at local businesses.  Everyone enjoyed the fruit after the contest.  Top sculptures included:

Banana Dolphins   ~  Watermelon Baby Carriage ~  Fruit Turtle ~  Apple Christmas Tree ~  Watermelon guy w/banana hair

Create a Product contest

This event was a phenomenal success, with over 70 individual and team entries!  Everyone was a winner that participated in this contest.  Custom participant ribbons were awarded for all entries and the winners of each category also received a trophy.  Categories included:

 Most creative ~ Funniest/spoof ~ Best use of product ~ Best in show ~ Most economical ~ Most likely to be in a catalog

We also had a “People’s Choice” winner at each plant that was chosen from votes by Hodges associates.  Some of the winners are shown below.  WOW! We really unleashed some talent here.  We are planning a “Customer’s Choice” email for later in June.

 

 

A tip for celebrating your core values: Events like the Fruit Sculpture and Create a Product contests are fun, keep you core values visible, and engage as many of your teammates as possible in your core values discussion.