Awards & Engraving

December '16

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22 • A&E DECEMBER 2016 W all plaques are a standard in our industry. They may just be the most frequent product ordered by customers. They are a go-to solution for both customers and award shops when time is short. With a large variety of plaques and plates available, it's relatively easy to find a plaque that fits any occasion and any budget. A pressed wood body with a plastic laminated cover is a great budget choice and can be offered as small as 4 by 6 inches. A simple engraved plate as small as 3 by 5 inches rounds out a plaque for a modest budget. We use them for a number of car dealers with a monthly awards program for sales, technicians and office personnel. On the other end of the price spectrum are piano-finished plaques with elegantly finished brass plates. In between are solid wood plaques, which are great for direct engraving and a variety of veneers. As the plate is what is mostly visible, com- bining a beautifully finished plate with a veneer surface plaque can provide a high-end looking plaque for a smaller price. Our industry suppliers keep coming up with new, economi- cally sensitive products that allow us to maintain a quality look at a smaller price. Many are simple to lay out, yet there are often more complex challenges. CUSTOM PLAQUES Beyond the standard layout for a plaque are the many methods of custom building a plaque. The purpose for cus- tomizing may be for a client that wants a truly unique look to match a theme, or to mount one or more unusual items. The custom plaque category includes off-the- shelf plaques and plates combined with unique uses and com- plex layouts—perhaps mounting multiple plates and several photos or mounting unusual non-flat items. Some projects may require custom-designed and built plaques that are over-size or an odd shape. We have had a PLAQUES: A piano-finish plaque with an ornately finished plate. By Bob Hagel TradiTional to Unique

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