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New sports, scholastic trophies and awards catch attention

Edco Awards & Specialties new website showcases more than 300 trophy designs

 

With eye-popping colors, distinct shapes and spinnable features, trophies and awards for sports recognition and academic achievement have come a long way from the ones you might remember collecting dust in grandma’s attic.

 

We have launched a new website to showcase more than 300 available trophy styles, including new, customizable designs that are sure to be stars on anyone’s desk or bookcase. Our new trophy awards section is divided into six groupings that highlight various trophy styles, includin single-post trophiesdouble-posttriple-postfour-postparticipation an achievement trophies.

 

Among our offerings are several new lines for 2012. In the category of Participation Trophies, we have added theSport Motion line of sports trophies, which includes Sport Motion figures for football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball, cheerleading and karate. The 13” customizable sports trophies feature a star burst riser with a 2” epoxy domed insert that can be used to include a club or school logo. The trophies also are available in various colors and textures.

 

Also new in athletic awards are sport ball trophies, including Squeezable Spinner Trophies, with squeezable balls that spin and can be removed from the trophy. The new star-themed Superstar Spinner Trophies also incorporate balls that spin.

 

Included among the Participation Trophies are Scholastic Series, which include multiple colorful star-themed awards with customizable inserts for recognition of any scholastic achievement.

 

Founded in 1963, we pride ourselves in personalized customer service. From corporate awards to sports trophies, our staff provides expert advice on trophy and award selection and customization options.

 

For more information or to obtain a 2012-13 catalog, contact Edco at 800-377-8646.

Rick Shapiro Announces his Retirement

Rick Shapiro who has been with Edco since 2003 announced his retirement as of September 23, 2011.  Rick has been a leader in custom signage, awards, wearables and ad specialty sales.  There will be a retirement lunch for Rick on September 23, 2011.  Space is limited if you want to attend, please respond to Rick Cordary ([email protected]) soon.

We welcome you to leave blog posts here for Rick.  Simply click on the green "comments" at the bottom of this post.

Congratulations Rick! You have won the race.  Now it's time to relax and enjoy life.

 

Rick Shapiro retirement

Special T-Shirt Promotion is a HUGE SUCCESS!

Special T-Shirt Promotion is a HUGE SUCCESS!

Yesterday we emailed our contact list and we have sold thousands of T-Shirts (not Shrits as per the typo we made).
 
 
The T-Shirts are only $3.75 each with a LOW ONE-TIME SET-UP CHARGE OF $15.00!

Discount t-shirt
 
 
These imprinted shirts are a real RECOGNITION BUILDER
 
If ever there was a time to promote your business, school, church or club, that time is now.  Edco is making it affordable for you with our T-Shirt Promotion.
 
You can make your staff, students or club members look more professional and feel more like a team!  Look at the great exposure you get too! 
 
These are  white, 100% cotton shirts with a one color, one location imprint, 48 piece minimum with sizes S-XL.  Additional charge for larger than XL.
 
Quick turn-around!  Take advantage of the T-Shirt season!
 
 
 
Of course Edco has all types of imprinted wearables, shirts, hats, jackets and much more.  Call your Edco Rep TODAY!  Offer expires August 26, 2011.

 

Now with 4 
locations
in Broward
 
800-377-8646
www.edco.com

 

Hollywood - 
5634 Johnson Street
954-964-2466 
[email protected]

Fort Lauderdale - 
3702 Davie Blvd.
954-587-0137 
[email protected] 
 
Pompano Beach - 
1216 E. Atlantic Blvd.
954-943-0128 
[email protected] 

Edco Announces Arrival of New Laser Cutter

Edco has completed installation of our newest laser, a Trotec SP 1500.  This laser is 400 watts and has a bed size of 59" x 49".  Previously the biggest laser cutter / engraver Edco had was 100 watts with a table size of 32" x 18".  The new laser enables us to cut through up to 1" acrylic leaving a polished looking edge.  Previously to obtain this edge on a piece of acrylic would require sanding and buffing.  This process CNC Cut/sand/buff) does not allow polishing on tight inside radiuses or corners.

 

Examine the photos below.  The thumb image was laser cut.  In the second image you will see what a traditional CNC router edge looks like and the third image will show how beautiful a laser cut and UV printed piece of clear acrylic can be.  The laser easily cuts many other materials including foam, paper, leather, wood and much, much more.  An interesting Youtube video of the SP 1500 cutting MDF board is shown here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq3dKDf5pN0

 

Let us quote on your next requirement for custom cut material.

 

Trotec SP1500 laser engraver

 

This machine is 10 feet wide, 7 feet deep and 5 feet high!

 

Laser cut acrylic

 

This is 1" thick laser cut acrylic.  Notice the clear edges.

 

CNC router cut acrylic

 

Notice the rough edge on this CNC router cut edge.  This will require sanding and buffing to be acceptable.

 

Laser cut, UV printed award

Notice how good this finished laser cut, UV printed award looks!

EDCO adds Team Photography!

Edco now offers team and individual photography for groups of all sizes. Whether it be a single team, or a league with dozens of teams, we have the staff to meet your needs.  Now you can count on Edco Photo for photography as you have for awards, wearables, signage and ad specialties  for over 40 years!

 Team sports photography

Consider Edco Photo when you have a need for team photography.  We can make your job easy by being a one stop shop for awards, banners, wearables, promotional products and now photography!
 
Some of the products we can imprint with your action or posed shots include, trading cards, photo magnets, game day tickets, photo balls, pennants, calendars, key tags, bag tags, license plates, mugs, dog tags, magazine photo covers and even photo flip flops!

 

photo sports balls, photo dog tags, team photos, team sports photos.

Edco Success Story #3

One of Edco's longtime customers, Seth Levit at the Jason Taylor Foundation emailed Edco on Thursday morning at 7:12 AM.  It seemed that one of his associates needed 135 awards by 11:00 AM that same day and he knew Edco could do it!  Apparently a basketball and cheerleading camp was coming to a close and there were no awards for the children.  Edco quickly produced all the custom awards, delivered them, and was even offered the opportunity to help the famous Dwyane Wade present the awards.

 

Below you see Edco's own Sammi Somers and Melissa Combs helping Dwyane Wade hand out the awards.  Other famous people at the event included Katina and Jason Taylor.

 

Edco has many, many success stories like this.  The #3 is in honor of the great  Dwyane Wade!

 

Dwayne Wade basketball camp

 

Katina Taylor Cheerleading awards

Jason Taylor and Dwayne Wade

Basketball and cheerleading awards

 

Edco Awards & Specialties Busy Season Lunch

Every year, around the end of the school year, for a period of about 4-5 weeks, Edco does 3-4 times normal sales volume.  Much of the work is centered around school awards.  Awards for teachers, awards for students, awards for athletics and awards for academic achievement.  Each year it gets tougher.  School budgets go down, yet they all need just as many trophies and plaques.  To save money many organizations have turned to medal with neck ribbons.

These few weeks put a huge burden on our production and usually very cheerful sales staff with some of them working up to 80 hours per week.  We have to bring in temporaries to augment our production abilities.  Working all day Saturday and Sunday isn't uncommon for some of our regulars.

To keep worker morale up, at least a couple of times per busy season, Edco buys lunch for all the workers and sales / customer service staff at our Fort lauderdale award manufacturing plant.  Today we served delicious Cuban/Latin food made by Sunshine Bakery right here on Davie Boulevard and two weeks ago we served fantastic Italian food including pizza and sausage and peppers from Pete's-A-Place also on Davie Boulevard.

 Busy season lunch

Google Maps Exposes EDCO!

It's official!  The EDCO letters we placed on the roof of the building on Davie Boulevard are now visible on Google Maps.  See our post of March 2, 2011 to read all about it!  The contest for $100.00 is over though.  We are sorry there was no winner.

See the actual Google page here  http://bit.ly/kHpZDm

Letters on Edco roof

Edco Supports Burger Battle!

Edco is proud to be a sponsor of the 2011 Burger Battle.  See our name on all the signage and promotional literature!

Riverwalk Trust will host Fort Lauderdale’s second annual Burger Battle Presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Riverside Hotel Lawn, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Some of the city’s top restaurants will compete, showcasing their creativity and grilling skills to about 1,000 guests. The event will bring together local employees, residents and businesses for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Trust’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River.

Edco Awards and Specialties involvement stems from the long time production of signage and engraved bricks for the Riverwalk Trust.

Burger battle

Tree of Life Fundraiser

Church Fund Raising

 

The Edco Awards & Specialties Tree of Life fundraiser is a most effective and beautiful way to recognize and motivate donors to your organization. Let us help your organization raise money and recognize the donors with this beautiful product.

Our "Tree" has helped many parishes, hospitals, schools, temples and other non-profits realize the goals they have set for fundraising. Some of the specific purposes have been to Recognize contributors to a building fund or fund-raising campaign, honor contributors to an endowment fund, salute individuals or groups for outstanding service or achievements or just to create a tasteful memorial space.

The Tree of Life needs approximately 7 feet x 7 feet of wall space. The tree is made of gold "leaves", attached by screws and mounted on .220 clear acrylic. The tree trunk is real wood, profiled on a CNC, beveled, stained and lacquered. Imagine what a tribute to your generous contributors the Edco Awards & Specialties Tree of Life fund raiser will be in your organization. Also available are custom dimensional letters to name your tree.

The Tree of Life is so successful because the donor's personalized message that will be on display forever.

Click on the image below to go to our Tree of Life page for more details including the financial benefits available with this tree.

Edco Loves QR Codes!

No doubt you have seen the black and white patterns that are popping up all over.  These little patterns are called Quick Response "QR" codes.  The barcode has been around since 1994, but is only now gaining popularity in the US.  These codes can contain a phone number, a link to a web page or a plain text message.
 
They have become a great addition to your advertising specialty logo/image because one click with a cell phone that has a QR Code app (free) and the person is looking at your web page or their phone is calling you!
 
Edco can put a QR code on most any ad specialty item.  We like them so much that we have several QR code stickers on our delivery van and even have free tote bags with a QR code on them (while the supply lasts) for you when you stop in our Ft. Lauderdale store.
 
Wikipedia QR Code entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
 
Site to generate your own QR Code - http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

Let us help you market your business, club, church, school.  Exposure and PR is everything!
 
See the QR just in front of the drivers door down the blog on the date March 2, 2011?

 

Mugs with QR Code on them

Directional and Informational Signage

Edco Awards & Specialties has been a producer of directional and informational signage for many, many years.  We make anything from very small legend plates for equipment to large outdoor advertising signs.  We utilize a variety of materials and processes including all types of plastic, acrylic, solid surface material, wood, glass, vinyl and metal.  The methods we use to imprint or letter range from printing with the large format printer, UV flatbed printer, plotted and weeded vinyl letters, laser engraving and laser cutting as well as cutting substrate up to 1" thick and to sizes of 48" x 96" on our Multicam CNC router.  A couple of our salespeople are experts in designing signage systems and American with Disablities Act signs (ADA signage).  To create your sign we need as little as a concept from you.  Let us do the rest!

Directional signage

A Brief History of Trophies

trophy is a specially-design reward given to indicate a certain achievement or recognition. The trophy is usually given during academic and athletic events. In prestigious sports events such as the Olympic games, the gold, silver and bronze medals serve as a sole award-giving trophy.

 

The word “Trophy” traces its roots from the French word “Trophee” meaning “A spoil of war and prize”. The English adapted the French term in the 1550’s to emphasize the victory of the 15th century English War. In Ancient Greece, the trophy is made from series of victorious Greek battles that were hung from a tree to symbolize the warrior’s triumph. The Ancient Greek trophy is made from inscribed contexts depicting the battle of the Gods. The Ancient Romans meanwhile festooned the creation of the trophy for home and memorial purposes.

 

During the 16th century Middle Age years, the Chalices were given as an alternative to trophy among winners from “New World” sporting events. The “Kyp Cup” is the first chalice given to horse racing champions in New England during the late-1600 years. Chalices are currently seen in prestigious sports events such as the The Stanley Cup, Davis Cup and World Cup. The “Oscar Trophy” for the Academy Awards is the first human-sized trophy created. The “Hugo Award” trophy is famous for its “spaceship” size. The “Man on the Moon” trophy is the second human-sized trophy conceptualized by MTV Networks for the MTV Video Music Awards.


 
There are three types of award-giving trophy designs that are specially created in terms of quality, motif and purpose:

 

• The Resin Trophy varies in generic quality, styling and overall finishes. Also known as the “Resin Awards”, the trophy is usually seen in academic recognition accolades such as commencement exercises. The resin trophy can be customized or molded, depending on the target theme.
 
• The “Loving-Cup Trophy” is the commonly used trophy made from two silver plate handles, creating a pedestal-like appearance.
 
• The Hunting Trophy features the head of an animal mounted on a solid surface. The trophy is usually given to distinguish accomplishments in the hunting industry.   In 1983, the first “Jules Rimet Trophy” design was stolen in Brazil. The World Football Association made a replica of the original Jules Rimet Trophy for private football match celebrations in 1966. The FIFA purchased the FA’s replica in 1997. However, the loss of the first Jules Rimet Trophy design paved way for the existence of the following:

• The Scottish Cup Trophy is the oldest trophy given during the seasonal Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup in United Kingdom.

• The FIFA World Cup Trophy is being awarded to the winners of the prestigious FIFA World Cup series. Designed in 1974, the previous winners of the FIFA World Cup were initially awarded with the Jules Rimet Trophy replica in 1949.

• The European Champion’s Cup Trophy is awarded to the winners of the annual UEFA Champions’ League. The EC Cup is the most prestigious trophy originated from the European Eastern Hemisphere.

Edco Showrooms are filled with Glass Awards and Crystal Awards

Edco has four completely filled showrooms located throughout Broward County with a huge selection of etched designer crystal, jade glass and clear glass awards.  These glass awards come in various shapes and sizes including tear drops, diamonds, towers, pinnacles, obelisks and flames.  Etched crystal and glass awards are perfect for use as corporate awards, scholastic awards, church awards and individual recognition.

As with all of our Coral Springs, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano trophy shop showrooms, our optic crystal, starfire crystal, clear glass and jade glass is all in stock at our huge Davie Boulevard warehouse.  Ready and waiting to be professionally etched in our Davie Boulevard award manufacturing facility. Our turn-around times will amaze you because unlike our competition, we are a 40 year old business with a huge amount of product, especially glass and crystal awards, in stock in our local warehouse.

Take a look at the short video clip below and you will see a small representation of what we keep in stock to be delivered locally in the South Florida market or to be shipped worldwide.  If you'd like to see more video of our showrooms located in Hollywood, Pompano, Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs, click here http://www.youtube.com/user/EDCOAWARDS#p/u

Another Busy Weekend at Edco Trophies

In the video clip below you will see our MultiCam CNC router cutting acrylic. The CNC cuts acrylic with a rotating cutter up to 1 inch thick. The CNC is capable of cutting wood, solid surface material (counter top granite look-a-like) and metal. The majority of the time our CNC is cutting the beautiful acrylic awards shown here http://www.edco.com/acrylic-awards but also is frequently used to cut dimensional letters and sign blanks which we later decorate with our Roland Large Format printer. The word CNC means computer numerical control http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_control and is controlled by a vector computer file. If an outline file can be drawn or scanned and converted on your computer, the Edco CNC can cut it!

Edco Awards & Specialties is a privately held 40+ year old award, trophy, promotional products and imprinted wearables company with offices located in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano and Coral Springs. Edco is a leading supplier of all types of awards including trophies, plaques, engraving, acrylic awards, etched crystal awards, ribbons, rosettes. Edco supplies athletic organizations, non-profit concerns, schools, clubs, churches, temples and many others. Edco delivers awards to all local areas including Deerfield Beach, Davie, Wilton Manors, Ojus, Oakland Park, Dania, Hollywood, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, just about anywhere in South Florida. Contact Edco at 800-377-8646 or http://www.edco.com

Edco Awards & Specialties - Beautiful Egg Art Glass Awards

Check out our Egg Art Glass Awards!

Throughout the ages, the egg has symbolized new beginnings and the spark of creation. Traditional folk religions regarded the egg as a powerful symbol of fertility, purity and rebirth. Magic rituals often use eggs to promote fertility and restore virility of the body, mind and spirit and to foresee into the future. Eggs also symbolize growth, protection, new beginnings, resurrection.

Edco Awards & Specialties produces these beautiful multi-color intricate art glass award eggs with base for personalization.  They are a great way to recognize achievers.  Each egg award is an individual work of art.  These are hand made so that no two are identical.  What a great way to stimulate and motivate!

as low as $47.97!

 

Art Glass Egg Award


Edco Awards & Specialties is a privately held 40+ year old award, trophy, promotional products and imprinted wearables company with offices located in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano and Coral Springs.  Edco is a leading supplier of all types of awards including trophies, plaques, engraving, acrylic awards, etched crystal awards, ribbons, rosettes.  Edco supplies athletic organizations, non-profit concerns, schools, clubs, churches, temples and many others.  Edco delivers awards to all local areas including Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Parkland, Boca Raton, Lighthouse Point, Hollywood, Miami, Hialeah, Aventura, just about anywhere in South Florida.  Contact Edco at 800-377-8646 or http://edco.com

Bruce Yoskin - Edco Awards & Specialties

Meet Bruce Yoskin - Sales Manager of Specialty Products

Bruce Yoskin has been with Edco for 11 years.  We are glad he chose to hang his hat at Edco Awards & Specialties.  Bruce had many years experience in ad specialty sales and joining the Edco team gave him additional lines of signage, wearables, etched crystal awards and more.

A specialist in large accounts, Bruce is proud to include many of the areas large hospitals, corporations and universities among his loyal clients. They look to him for wearables, awards, banners as well as the standard promotional items such as pens, glassware, desk items and other giveaways.

Prior to joining Edco, Bruce spent many years in the specialty food and confectionery industry both here in South Florida and in his home town of Philadelphia.

The next time you go to the theater, look closely, because when he isn’t selling specialty products, he might be found “trodding the boards”; he has appeared in dozens of theatrical productions in the area.

Bruce and his wife Susan, a twenty six year employee of IBM, have children and grandchildren in Philadelphia and Birmingham.

Give him a call at 954-587-0137 ext 119! He’ll be glad to come out and work with you at your office, helping you decide how best to present what is most important to you… your image.

 

Bruce Yoskin

Laser Engraving and Laser Cutting

Edco has been utilizing lasers to engrave plastic and metal and to cut various materials for over 30 years.  Edco utilizes the laser to create beautful acrylic awards and to engrave all types of awards and signs.  We use the laser in our engraved brick process as well as cutting small dimensional letters and the fabrication of name badges.  We have engraved the frames of eye glasses, engraved images on leather, glass, wood, fabric and we can even use it to create an imprint on stainless steel.  Our motto for the last 30 years still holds true... "If it doesn't move, we can probably engrave it!"

Flat Bed UV Printing on Acrylic

Edco has state of the art flat bed UV printing capabilities with its Mimaki JF series printer.  This printer can print on any flat surface including glass, acrylic, wood, metal, cardboard and sign type plastic materials.  The UV printer was a six figure investment but has become one of the most used machines in the plant.  The acrylic guitar you see went from concept to finished product in two days.  With Edco's Multicam CNC Router (to be featured in a blog soon) the acrylic was cut from 3/4 inch by 8 foot by 4 foot sheet.  Sanded and polished and printed all in our facility on Davie Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  Edco can take your rough drawing or concept, create the vector art for driving the CNC and the full color art to be printed on the UV printer.  If it's one or a hundred, Edco has the ability to make custom printed acrylic awards!

Edco Awards & Specialties - Unique Signage

Recently Edco Awards & Specialties installed a unique way of advertising.  We placed 8 foot tall plastic letters on the roof of the building.  This is what the newest update of Google Earth will look like when it is processed.  We are running a contest for anyone who flies over though.  We will give a $100.00 check to the first person who takes an actual photograph of this from the air.  Caution!  We have placed a strange object on the roof as well so your photograph must show that too (no photoshop jobs)!

 

 

Edco Awards is a 40 year old awards and recognition business in Hollywood, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Pompano, FL and Coral Springs, FL.  Edco manufactures all types of awards, ad specialties, ribbons, rosettes, signage, wearable products, trophies and plaques.

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