By now you are starting to know what Hodges Badge Company does. I’m going to try and start to show you Who Hodges Badge Company is. Our office and factory has over 170 workers from all different backgrounds working towards one goal: creating and selling awards that competitors and presenters alike are proud of. I’d like to introduce you to six of them.
I’ll start in the factory where we find Vicky and Cathy, mother and daughter. Vicky is the plant manager and has been with Hodges for over 26 years. They have been working side by side for over 15 years.(Come on now – Could you work with your mother or daughter every single day, 8 hours a day for 15 years – that’s impressive)
Vicky can you tell stories of working at Hodges “back in the day”. When she first started, she was in the Rosette department four days a week. Back then, if anyone worked until 6:00pm Jim Hodges gave them $2.00 for supper (Imagine being able to buy supper for $2.00 – boy have things changed).
Moving out of the office and onto the factory floor we meet Dave. Dave has also been with Hodges for over 14 years. He started out in our print shop and while it was slow one winter he helped out with building maintenance (mostly painting to make it look pretty). It seemed that the work agreed with him because that’s where he still is..in maintenance. He’s actually worked his way up to Head of Maintenance now and is responsible for a small team, building maintenance and all of the daily machine maintenance that keeps the factory running. It probably wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said things would be falling apart around here if it wasn’t for Dave.
There are dozens of hardworking, dedicated employees that work out on the plant floor everyday printing, stitching, stapling, and packaging ribbon and medals. Since I started work here a little over five years ago, I have been to a few retirement or thank you parties for years of service. That’s one thing I can say is the Hodge’s family knows what an asset the factory employees are and tries to show it too. But I digress.
Meet Lucy. She has been working here for 16 years. She works in the rosette department. This is where one of the first steps to creating a rosette happens. Part of her job is to stitch together the rosette tops. Now to someone like me, who honestly has issues sewing a button back onto a shirt, this is pretty amazing. It’s a true talent.
Over in the medals department is Terri. Now she’s been here for 21 years and her favorite part of the job is the fact she gets to work everyday with her friends. She was quiet when I told her I was writing up something about our employees for the web. I think she was wondering why I chose her. Truth be told. It’s because everyday I pass by her working diligently and she always greets me with a smile.
And the final person I’ll introduce today is me, Jennifer. I’ve been working here as I said for over five years in Sales and Marketing. My duties include tradeshow coordination and anything related to www.hodgesbadge.com. My favorite part of the job is the fact that I am constantly learning new things. As you know, with the web you have to keep up with ever changing technology. Like this blog for instance. Completely new concept to me…