A badge is defined as a distinctive mark, token, sign, or emblem worn on one’s clothing, that signifies a rank or membership in an organization. They are usually formed like a name badge and provides information about the organization, the role, and sometimes includes the individual’s name. Sometimes, they are referred to as buttons, shields, emblems, crests or rank insignia.
Badges can also indicate that the individual has accomplished a certain amount of service, or attained a particular level of authority. Badges or patches can be made from a variety of materials, including: metal, plastic, leather, textile fabric, rubber, etc., They are most commonly affixed to clothing and worn on the right or left side of the chest.
Blackinton – Blackinton is the largest manufacturer of badges for police, fire, security, military and the government. Blackinton has a nationwide network of over 800 dealers and also fills orders directly via their website. In addition to badge, the company sells wallet holders, commendation bars, uniform insignia, medals, awards and much more. In addition they provide custom solutions and refinishing services.
The company manufactures more than 500,000 public badges annually, Roque says, noting public safety badges are an Ameri can tradition while in Europe badges are more ornamental or for decoration. Approximately 95 percent of Blackinton's business is in the United States with the balance in Canada and occasionally Cen tral and South America.
Roque said approximately 90 percent of the company's business involves police badges, insignia, medals and commemorative items.
Blackinton also manufactures regalia, medallions, coins, novelties, pewter, fig urines, jewelry, awards and service pins with many being produced for public safe ty personnel.
In addition, the company manufactures items for fraternal organization such as the Masons.
The company today utilizes 10 acres of its 24-acre site on 221 John Dietsch Blvd. and is looking to expand as the present facility is “ very tight,” says Roque, who is the son of the majority owner of the com pany, Mario Roque, chairman of the board of directors and an executive vice presi dent.
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