Get Creative With Your Awards

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?

Assembling a Wind Turbine- Part II

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.

How to Assemble a Wind Turbine- Part I

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.

Introducing the Winner’s Circle Medals

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?

Red Ribbon Week 2011

It’s that time of year– Red Ribbon Week 2011 will take place from October 22nd through the 30th.  Schools and community groups around the country will honor the sacrifice of DEA Agent Kiki Camarena in the fight against drugs, and pledge their commitment to be drug free.

Need supplies so that your school or students mark the occasion with spirit?  Hodges Badge Company offers not only the traditional anti-drug designs on red ribbons, but a wide range of customized educational takeaways. 

Put your own message on a dog tag. Available with or without engraved plate.

New this year (and very popular) are both stock and custom dog tags.  The dog tags are printed in full color, and can be ordered with a personalized engraved gold plate on the reverse side.

You can also choose to pass out buttons, keychains or ribbon wristbands.

Of course the classic red ribbon is kept in stock in over 40 designs.  Even better, prices for the ribbons have come down for 2011!  So even with a tight budget, each student can still have the chance to show their choice to be drug free.

Does your school or group have special activities to mark Red Ribbon Week?  We’d love to hear your story or see your pictures of the symbolic celebration.

Introducing… Full Color Dog Tags!

Put your own artwork on each dog tag for a custom award.

If you’ve happened to sneak a peek at our new Athletic catalog, or if you caught our announcement on Facebook, then you may have heard, but for those of you just finding out, our newest product line is now available: full color dog tags

In addition to fully-custom dog tags (where you use your logo or artwork), our art department has designed stock images for individual sports.  Coming in August with our Scholastic catalog, there will also be new designs for academic achievement.  Want to use them for a horse or dog-related event?  We’ll be happy to add your group or show’s name to a stock design for your own unique and custom tags.

Our Torch designs are available in 12 sports

If you want to personalize each dog tag, you can add an engraved plate to the back for just 50 cents. 

To those of you that suggested we carry dog tags, we hope you’ll know that we take your suggestions seriously.  And if you’ve got a product idea we should look into, be sure to let us know!

Need some Red Ribbons?

Some designs are great for younger students

While Hodges Badge Company may be best known for equestrian, fair, and athletic awards, we want to let those of you working with children in schools and community programs know that we offer a full selection of red ribbons and drug free items for Red Ribbon Week.  Each year, the last full week of October is designated as Red Ribbon Week, a national drug awareness event.  By wearing a red ribbon, students and adults alike can show their stance on opposing drugs and drug use.

Need a red ribbon?  Check out our web site for 43 stock designs, as well as ribbons that can be personalized with your school or organization’s name, and 50 and 100-yard ribbon rolls.  Also popular for Red Ribbon Week are drug free buttons and wristbands.

Have you had an anti-drug campaign or drug awareness event at your school?  What items or activities were a hit?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Other designs get straight to the point

Back from the Western States Horse Expo

Rick and I just got back from exhibiting at the 2011 Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California.  Even with a lot of caution around EHV-1 there was still good attendance with visitors from Oregon and Nevada in addition to CA.  We got to meet with many customers- both current and prospective, and gave out tons of ribbons, making kids smile with a Clean Pony Award or blue rosette.
 

Besides manning the booth we got to check out demonstrations (like Cowboy Mounted Shooting)  and lessons by clinicians, including well-known horseman John Lyons, former Olympic dressage rider Charlotte Bredahl, hunter-jumper trainer Nick Karazissis Jr., and competitive trail champion Mark Bolender.

Here are a few photos:

Rick with Sydney of the California State Horsemen's Association, and a flat of freshly picked fruit (yum)

Clinician Mark Bolender and his horse Checkers negotiate the log pile (bridleless!)

The Art Show awarded Chatham Rosettes to winners in photography, sculpting, drawing, painting and more

 

A new member of the Hodges family

Bella, in one of her rare quieter moments

Two weeks ago, the non-human portion of the Hodges family grew a little larger when Hodges Badge Company’s President, Rick Hodges, and his wife Jenn, adopted Bella, a six-month-old yellow lab.  While not a rescue in the truest sense, Bella was taken in from friends of the family that were not going to be able to care for her.

McKell, our other office canine, has been busy showing her little (but already larger) sister all the best play spots around the office.    So if you happen to be on the phone with Customer Service and hear a squeaky noise (or a big WOOF) in the background, know that you’re not hearing things.

While Hodges may be best known for our horse show awards, I think it’s safe to say we really do have a soft spot for dogs, and an affinity to anyone identifying as a ‘dog person.’

The Rhode Island Pet Expo

Iliana - proudly showing off our Rosettes

So Rhode Island weather hasn’t been the best lately with snow storm after snow storm but last weekend was a great weekend for a pet expo.  Providence, RI hosted the Annual Rhode Island Pet Expo. The expo featured the Pet dog Parade of Breeds, the Parade of Purebred Dogs, the Rare and AKC Dog Show, the Exotic Bird Show and The International Cat Association Cat Show with over 100 breeds of exotic and domestic purebred cats.  It was all about the animals. Attendees were even encouraged to bring pet food to feed homeless animals for a discount off admission.

RADZACATZ CATTERY - Himalayan Persians

On Saturday Iliana Lebeau and Gary Smith ventured out to Providence to visit one of our valued customers at the TICA Cat Show and learn more about how the show is run. Our goal was to not only help TICA with the next show and make it easier to order their awards but to help other shows as well. The more we know, the more we can assist customers in providing the best awards and experience for their participants.  (The fact that Gary really wanted to attend says a lot because he knew his allergies,  unfortunately would not cooperate.) 

Sphynx relaxing before the competition

The TICA show was amazing with so many breeds on display. Iliana was fascinated by the Sphynx with its lack of coat.  It was interesting to learn that these cats are hardly maintenance free, even though they lack a coat to shed or groom. Body oils can build up on the skin requiring regular bathing; exposure to sunlight can be just as harmful to them as to humans; and their ears and nails require extra attention as well due to the absence of fur.

If you’re having any kind of event in the area and would like to meet, let us know and we would love to attend. We’d like to learn more!