We are fortunate enough to have employees that have stayed with us through it all. To be specific out of our 155 employees, 38 of them have been with us for more than 20 years! That’s almost ¼ of our workforce!
This year, Elaine Anctil celebrated her 35th anniversary with the company! We congratulated her on this enormous accomplishment recently at a company awards event in our Rhode Island plant. Rick Hodges, President, and Jane Sousa, Vice President, presented Elaine with a commemorative plaque designed just for her by our art department. After the award presentation we celebrated with cake for everyone.
We asked Elaine a few questions to get a little insight on her journey at Hodges Badge Company! Here are her answers:
First a little background:
Elaine graduated from Westport High School in 1976 and three years later a former employer helped her find employment at Hodges. Elaine’s first job like a lot of employees was stapling rosettes. (This is the first step in the handcrafting of our rosettes.)
• What have you seen change?
When I first started working here Rick Hodges was a high school student. I have seen him grow up and come back to be the president of Hodges Badge Company.
• What have you seen remain the same?
In 35 years the assembly of the flat ribbons (point top ribbons & square top ribbons) hasn’t changed.
• Any memorable moments you’d like to share?
I can remember when Hodges Badge Co, Inc. reached its first million dollars in sales. Jim Hodges (Rick’s father) gave every employee a bottle of Champagne and a tin of real butter cookies.
• Favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is the variety. Throughout the course of a week or day even I perform so many different jobs. (Elaine has worked in our warehouse, our button department, our flat ribbon department, our rosette department, our medal department and more!)
• Name 1 thing your coworkers would be surprised to know about you?
I worked for my father and learned to be a mechanic.
• Favorite thing to do on down time?
My favorite things I do in my down time are spend time with my family, cross stitch and sew quilts.
So again Elaine – THANK YOU for 35 YEARS OF SERVICE, you are an important part of what has made Hodges Badge Company what it is today!