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
  • V-stitched style can be used with all of our medals
  • Your logo/design can be printed in any color on both sides of neck ribbon
  • Soft, silky, and wears very comfortably

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
  • Most medals with stock Millennium© neck ribbons ship in 72 hours
  • 24 NEW themed designs
  • Soft, silky, and wears very comfortably

Stock Millennium© Designs now available!


MILLEN ALPHA GYM

MILLEN BLOSSOM

MILLEN BLUE SPIRAL

MILLEN BOOKWORM

MILLEN CELEBRATE

MILLEN CHALK

MILLEN CHEETAH

MILLEN COLOR BURST

MILLEN GYM BURST

MILLEN GYM STAR

MILLEN MUDDY PAWS

MILLEN PROFILE

MILLEN RED/WHITE/BLUE

MILLEN SCIENCE ROCKS

MILLEN SPIRIT

MILLEN STAR GAZER

MILLEN STEM

MILLEN SWIM BURST

MILLEN SWIM LANES

MILLEN TWILIGHT

MILLEN WAVING FLAG

MILLEN FIRST PLACE

MILLEN SECOND PLACE

MILLEN THIRD PLACE

Want a sample Millennium Neck Ribbon swatch?

Click on the link below and we will send you one – Free!

Millennium Neck Ribbon Swatch Request Form

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle, Denise & Kathy’s 25th Anniversaries at Hodges !

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Pictured Left to Right: Denise, Kyle, Kathy

 

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, Kyle Trentmann,  Denise Balken and Kathy Schaffer celebrated their 25th anniversaries with the company in our Missouri plant. That’s pretty impressive since the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times during his or her career.

We asked Kyle, Denise & Kathy a few questions to get a little insight on their journey at Hodges Badge Company! Here are their answers:

First a little background on them.

Kyle went to St. Francis Borgia High School. His dad was actually a business man working in Washington who heard about this new business coming to town. He didn’t exactly know what kind of business it was but Kyle put in an application and 25 years he’s still here.

Denise loves the people she has worked with over the past 25 years. Making lots of new friends and working along side such hard workers has made the people the favorite part of her job.

Kathy went to New Haven High School. It just so happened that when she was looking for a job, Lorraine the Hodges Plant Manager at the time was taking her driving test. As fate would have it Lorraine’s driving examiner was Kathy’s father. They got to talking about Kathy looking for a job. Well, Lorraine passed her test and Kathy got the job.

  • What was your first job at Hodges?

Kyle:  I ran the corder and rams. We only had 2 rams and 1 corder when I first started. (These are the machines essential to making our most popular flat ribbons like the point top and square top ribbon.)

Denise: Stapler in the rosette tops. (This is the first step in the handcrafting of our rosettes.)

Kathy: I was hired as the Rosette Dept. Supervisor but the factory had just started up so I had no one in my department at first, so I “welded” rims in the center of the rosettes.

  • What do you do at Hodges now?

Kyle: Hot Stamp Operator

Denise: Coach over the flat room ( The flat room is where the point top, square top and hemmed top ribbons are put together.)

Kathy: I’m the office administrator.

  • What have you seen change?

Kyle: Just about everything, especially technology

Denise: We have gone through being in separate departments to being in “cell” with someone from each department in a “cell”. (A manufacturing cell is a set of machines that are grouped by the products they produce to create a lean manufacturing process saving time and money.)

Kathy: The biggest change I see is the size of the orders. I remember when and order for 1,000 rosettes was large to us. Now we see order for 10,000 rosettes on 1 order.

  •  What have you seen remain the same?

Kyle: How we print & assemble the ribbons

  • Any memorable moments you’d like to share?

Kyle: Fresno, California, lots of hard work! Can’t say much more. What happened in Fresno will stay in Fresno. Ha! Ha! (Well… I CAN tell you that Kyle was part of the team that went to California to bring back the contents of Melrose Ribbons, a ribbon company that Hodges acquired in 2010 and yes that was a lot of work.)

  • Favorite thing about your jobs?

Kyle:  The challenges I face everyday.

Denise: Working along side all of the great workers we have!! Making lots of new friends.

Kathy: Knowing that the product we produce will most likely make someone happy.

  • Name 1 thing your coworkers would be surprised to know about you?

Kyle: I collect Hockey Cards & I have my original box cutter knife from when I started. (Ok now I’m doubly impressed – I lost the pen I got yesterday…)

  • Favorite thing to do on down time?

Kyle: Watch sports, play horse shoes and spend time w/ family

Kathy : Go camping, spend time w/ family and my dog Molly

 

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