NEMOA – Factory Tour

Hodges Badge has been a member of NEMOA (New England Mail Order Association) for many years.  Next month, the catalog retailing group is having their annual conference  just down the road, in Newport.  And we have volunteered to host over 200 visitors on a factory tour. 

On my first factory tour, I remember being surprised at just how much labor was involved in creating our ribbons, rosettes, medals and other awards.  Now I will get to be on the other side of the group, explaining how we hand-sew rosette tops, attach their centers, print on streamers, and assemble a finished product.  Visitors should also see the laser engraver and digital printer used for multicolor ribbon in action.

If you’re reading this and are visiting Newport for the conference, please let us know what questions we can answer.  And if you’re not part of NEMOA but are interested in finding out more about a tour for a school group or other organization, please let us know.  Leave a comment or send an email to

New England Mail Order Association Fall 2008 Conference

Last month four of us at Hodges’ traveled up to Burlington, Vermont for the New England Mail Order Association (NEMOA) 2008 Fall Conference. This a great group for small mailers to learn from and network with. It was also the perfect place for a conference dedicated to “Growing Green” – Business and environmental sustainability in today’s market… Burlington was beautiful, and with the hotel right across from Lake Champlain you woke to an awesome view where the leaves were just starting to turn.

It was a great conference. The goal was to introduce members to other catalogers who have a “Green” program going and show us what they are doing to make it work. We learned a lot in 3 days and met some interesting people from all kinds of catalog companies.

The conference started with a panel of catalogers, Brian McGovern from Timberland, David Hay from Plow & Hearthand Nancy Fischman from L.L.Bean showing us what they do and what we can do. They definitely have a grasp on what can be done and why it’s important. It was impressive.

At Hodges we are already trying to get the message out that we are starting to go green and it’s important to be environmentally conscious. We are spreading the word that our ribbon products are biodegradable and our catalogs are printed at a certified environmentally friendly printer now. It’s a small start but this conference gave us more ideas. We are even starting a “green team” to look around the company for places were green improvements can be made as well.