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Ashworth Awards Can’t Be Beat—Quality, Options, and Price
Ashworth is the American source for the highest quality awards that make a strong statement about your event.

  
Ashworth Awards Can’t Be Beat—Quality, Options, and Price

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 5 December, 2006

Ashworth Awards is the leading manufacturer—a full line manufacturer—of medallions and other awards with the highest quality standards in the industry. They are one of very few American manufacturers. Ashworth Awards is located in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, and they have the capability for designing and manufacturing custom awards with excellent turn-around time due to location. Their high volume, state-of-the-art equipment, experienced craftsmen, and innovative methods allow the highest quality and greatest variety at very reasonable prices. You will be amazed at what they can do to turn your ideas, your event logo, or the unique character of your race into the best awards in the business.

Every event director and every runner looks to awards as an important, even integral, part of the race. They make a statement about the quality and effort that went into preparation and planning. Thoughtfully designed awards of high quality make a statement about the event, and can even determine whether participants will return. Awards, whether medals for all or specialized for overall winners, their importance and impact cannot be overlooked. Above all, awards should not be cheap or generic. Some events pay a very high price for being cheap. Successful events plan better, and develop partnership with terrific suppliers such as Ashworth Awards.

How can events be certain that they are going to get high quality awards with dedicated craftsmanship and beauty, but within the race budget? Go to Ashworth Awards and get customized, innovative, distinctive awards that have meaning—that say, in fact, “This race has class, and I want to be part of it- I want one of those.”

All race committees should check out the Ashworth Awards Website at www.ashworthawards.com. Or you can e-mail them at info@ashworthawards.com, or call them for information (800) 325-1917 or (508) 695-1900. You will be amazed at how they can and will work with you--and within your budget--to prepare unique and distinctive awards that help define and promote your event.

These innovative awards, with so many options and design possibilities, will make that impact statement for you. High quality awards are indicative of a high quality event. Committees must realize that the awards are the most lasting symbol of their event—and that symbol must be positive and memorable.

Ashworth Awards—They Do It All and Right Here in the USA
Ashworth Awards has a surprising array of manufacturing capabilities and methods in their Massachusetts facilities: Die struck, photo etching, centrifugal casting, die casting or lost wax, engraving, hard fired enamel (color), soft enamel, polymer fill, and silkscreen with epoxy coating, and more. They also use a variety of materials, and will choose both the manufacturing method and material that is suited to your needs. Very few companies and rare individual craftsmen have the knowledge and experience in fine workmanship, and the pride in their products, that you find at Ashworth.

They make high quality items at really reasonable prices using cost saving base metals and alloys. Or they can manufacture items you may otherwise only find in fine jewelry outlets. Materials vary from 14 karat gold to sterling silver, to jewelers bronze to solid fine pewter, to stainless steel. They have unmatched expertise in color applications.

With this wide capability and material availability, Ashworth Awards can work with you as advisors and creative specialists to meet your requirements in design, value, cost, and availability. They can assist with camera-ready artwork made to your specifications. And they do not require the excruciatingly long lead times needed by foreign manufacturers (or the outlandish cost of air freight from many foreign facilities). They do have some partnerships oversees, but 85% of their output is manufactured right here in the USA.

A partial list of products includes medals, such as those produced for marathons and other road races, which can be die struck, silk-screen, cast, budget cast. They also produce the widest variety of pins and badges with company or race logos—photo-art or decal or silk-screen. They specialize in recognition awards of the highest quality and in unbelievable variety, as well as plaques, lapel pins, coins, key chains, rings, trophies, letter openers, figurines, and costume jewelry (check the variety of offerings on the Website).

And their quality standards are the tightest in the industry. On a recent visit I noted barrels of product headed back to recycling, although flaws were not at all noticeable to the untrained eye (and would have been shipped be many other suppliers). In fact, their high quality standards are rare in any industry. Perhaps the quality and demand for excellence are superior because they were founded as a manufacturer of emblematic jewelry, working with many types of metals and alloys, including precious metals.

When you work with them they make complex processes easy to understand, and they provide options that are appropriate to the purpose; and importantly their products are within cost perameters of all events and organizations.

Founded in 1965—Experience Counts
The company was founded by the late Douglas R. Ashworth as Ashworth Associates in Marlboro, Massachusetts in 1965, specializing in custom jewelry. Product availability and manufacturing capability grew steadily. The company was incorporated in 1979 as Ashworth Associates Manufacturing and Wholesale Jewelers, Inc., doing business as Ashworth Associates.

They moved to North Attleborough in southeastern Massachusetts, and have expanded twice, with manufacturing facilities and offices now located at:
8 Commonwealth Avenue
P.O. Box 831
North Attleborough, MA 02760

The company is headed up now by President Daniel T. Ashworth, son of the founder.

In addition to being the industry leader for sports awards and event recognition, they also service a wide variety of industries, including airlines, as well as hospitals, non-profit agencies, schools, universities, clubs, and associations.

Big Names-World Class Events to Local Races
Ashworth Awards has some of the highest profile events in the world as customers for medals, such as the BAA Boston Marathon, the Ironman Triathlon, Marine Corps, Race for the Cure, and Walt Disney World. But they also supply high quality medals and awards for hundreds of regional and local races. They designed a beautiful medal for the Applefest Half Marathon (1,200 person race), Hollis, New Hampshire, including stunning color and craftsmanship. They put the same high standards to work, wheather it is a world class event involving thousands, or a small local 5K or kids’ race.

They made a unique combination medal, bottle opener, key chain—with die cut race logo—for the Mill Cities Relay (800 participants). They can take your order, and provide your event with distinguished, attractive, unique medals that make a strong statement about your event, including customized ribbons and lanyards.

You work hard to make your race a success, so why not work with the best.

They also have many large companies as customers for pins and recognition. And there are many types of awards--how do you say “Thank You” to your volunteers?

Partnership
Ashworth will work with you in partnership to give you the best value for your money. And they will help you make the awards reflect the hard work and planning that went into all other aspects of the race. Make your statement by giving participants a memorable keepsake they will return for year after year. This is your year, 2007—make it the best year ever for your event. Perhaps it is the first annual--begin your first year with the best in the business.

Make last year the last time you give out that inexpensive or generic medal that reflects badly on your event and your committee. It is especially important to “finish” your event with class, and with Ashworth Awards, you can have the very best, but keep within that all important budget. Develop a partnership unmatched by other suppliers. Give Ashworth Awards a call. Advance and enhance your event. Make a statement.

 

 

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