February 19, 2013
Each catalog we strive to find new solutions for your awards. We just published our Equestrian catalog (in January) with over 35 new products.
I wanted to tell you today about my personal favorite new equestrian awards in the new catalog.
My first favorite is our new vintage equestrian plaque. We actually have three versions. Two, the “Treasure” and the “Character” are sold as is with no customization but offer inspirational messages with beautiful imagery. The third version is the custom version of the vintage plaque. This version allows you to put any type of artwork, photograph, logo, design, text, event information or names on the plaque while still keeping the vintage look.
My second favorite product is the new Windsor Rosette. It offers something a little different from what is currently in our extensive line of equestrian rosettes. The Windsor Rosette features a ¾ rosette top made of hand sewn petals and three 12” streamers. Just like our other rosettes, you can still choose a button, gold rim, or satin center rosette center with your logo or a stock design, any ribbon color or combination of ribbon colors including exclusive multicolor side streamers and 10 lines of custom print. The Windsor Rosette can also be customized with up to 24” streamers to accommodate if you are looking for a larger rosette.
My third favorite product (which by the way I am definitely suggesting to be given as employee appreciation gifts at Hodges) is the Rosewood Pen & Pencil Set. This set can be engraved with you logo or event information on the case. I know it is the age of tablets and smart phones but who doesn’t need a good pen & pencil set.
So I’ve listed my personal favorites here but we have so many more new great products in this catalog. Go on-line, find your and let us know. We would love to get your feedback. Happy browsing!
December 6, 2012
It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual Winter Sale! Place an order and get 10% off your merchandise total when you prepay with a credit card. All our awards are included: rosettes, ribbons, silver, trophies, medals and more!
Use keycode W12120213E to get your discount over the phone or online.
Don’t need your awards until the spring? We can schedule your delivery for a later date so you can still get the discount!
March 12, 2012
Over the past year our Art Department has been at work increasing our offerings of stock designs and available artwork for your use. Now that we’ve got a wider selection, we want to make it available for your use across product lines. Here are a few of the customization options that are now possible with your ribbons, medals and trophies.
First, you can now color-coordinate your pieces to match by using the same design on rosette side streamers, neck ribbons attached to medals, and trophy columns. Check out the full selection of designs on our webpage here.
These products all use the Red Equestrian design.
Here is an 11" trophy, Empire Rosette, and XBX medal all using the Agility Course design.
Second, you can match your rosette button centers to your medal centers. In addition, our full color equestrian stock designs are now available as stock options for our full color plaques.
All products shown with our Combined Training design.
Have you ever had the opportunity to do something creative with your awards? What did you do?
January 6, 2012
This past Wednesday, the weather, availability of the giant cranes, contractors and other factors finally aligned and enabled us to erect the remaining portion of our wind turbine. Here are a few photos to show you what “went down” (or up, rather).
First the third and final section of the tower had to be raised up and lowered into place. The tower is 98 feet tall.
Then the nacelle, which houses the gear box and generator (and is bigger than a truck) was bolted on top of the tower.
Here's a better shot of the full tower. Cables were used to help align the nacelle.
Next, the three 49-foot blades were attached to the hub and raised up.
Then with more careful alignment, the hub was attached to the nacelle.
With the structure in place, we are now waiting for the electric company to test and commission the turbine. Of course, we’ll let you know once it’s fully operational.
December 9, 2011
If you have been following our facebook page, or caught some local news, you may know that the assembly of our wind turbine began this week. A large crane, some forklifts and careful execution helped ‘un-stack’ the turbine tower components and lay out the blades, tower and nacelle.
I am calling this post “Part I” because as you will see below, right now only the base section of the tower is standing. The crane will return this weekend to complete the tower segments and the blades too, should weather and time allow. Of course, more photos will be posted here once that occurs.
Unstacking the three tower segments
Getting the base segment of the tower upright
... and lowering it into place
Moving a blade- each one is 49 feet long
And the base in place. Almost looks like part of a space ship.
October 17, 2011
Each medal has unique 3D detailing
If you’ve ever had the chance to look at a young athlete’s medal collection, you may have noticed something– there are usually a few medals hanging up in multiples. Which leads to the next question– what do we have that’s new or different? With both budget and unique design in mind, this year we created the Winner’s Circle medal series.
Our 2-1/2 inch medals are exclusively available directly from Hodges Badge Company, and come in antiqued gold, silver and bronze finishes. Available sports include: baseball, basketball, football, men’s gymnastics (2), women’s gymnastics (2), swimming (2), men’s track & field, and women’s track & field. For other sports, consider the Victory and Star Performer medals. There are also two academic designs- the Lamp of Learning and Stack of Books.
Putting the medals in your hand, they feel heavy and substantial- similar to more expensive medals. The Winner’s Circle medals start at just $1.35. You can choose to customize the awards with our printed satin neck ribbons.
What do you look for when chosing a medal? Does having something different make your awards more memorable?