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Three Pillars of the Gman Emblem Business Model
Gman Emblem only uses the highest quality products in the manufacturing process. For embroidered patches, only the best threads are used and the default standard is 100% embroidery with a high thread count. Our metal products are made with heavy metals that are finished in such a way that they are unlikely to break, bend or chip. Gman Emblem does not authorize any overruns and requires the manufacturer to send any incidental overruns and damaged products to our office for proper disposal. We were an industry pioneer in the prevention of unauthorized reproductions of our products, being one of the first producers of embroidered patches to place identifying stickers under the plastic backs of our patches to identify them as authentic and marking our PVC patches as well.
Gman Emblem uses a pricing schedule which is on the lower end for all of our products when compared to other producers of similar products. There is no charge for artwork assistance, no charge for art revisions, and no charge for price estimates. We also do not charge additional set-up fees, mold fees, 3-D tooling fees for coins or PVC patches, or shipping. The price you are quoted is all-inclusive and there are no hidden fees. Each product is unique and there are dozens of factors that affect price. We take the time to present you with the best product possible and then work with multiple vendors to insure that you get the best price possible.
Gman Emblem has been providing personal service to our clients for over twenty years. The owner of the company is a retired law enforcement officer and understands the special meaning behind many of the products that are ordered. You can contact us by email or telephone and expect a response within 48 hours. Most of the time, your basic idea can be turned into finished art within one week or less. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to email or call anytime.
Gman Emblem's first products were embroidered patches. The options for these products have significantly increased with advancements in technology. Patches can range in size from 1" to 12" in diameter, and can be made in custom shapes as well. The most common embroidered patches have merrowed edges in which there is a thick border of thread which holds the center design together with the backing material. Irregular edge patches are usually made with a cut edge. This process allows for unique shapes and also allows for areas in the center of the patch to be removed, called "cut-outs". For extremely detailed designs, a woven process can be used. This allows for extreme detail that cannot be made on standard embroidered patches. A woven patch is very similar to a tag one would find in the back of a shirt or garment. Patches can be made in hundreds of different colors - including metallic, reflective, and glow-in-the dark threads.
The most popular product in the Gman line is the custom challenge coin. Challenge coins originated as far back as World War I as a discreet way of claiming membership to a particular unit in the military. Their popularity has extended well beyond the military and they are now common in law enforcement, fire service, and the corporate world. Gman Emblem is happy to use your artwork or help you with your coin design and turn your ideas into reality. You will be provided with a digital proof of your artwork and can make an unlimited number of revisions. You can choose various options for metal plating, customized coin edges, various paint options for color, and textured backgrounds to add depth and dimension to your design. We will be happy to make suggestions and help you along with this process. Unlike our competitors, Gman Emblem does not charge extra fees for set-up, mold fees, or 3-D tooling fees.
Coins can be dual-plated with two separate metals, with some exceptions. Please ask if you want to explore this option.
Lapel pins are also extremely popular products. Gman Emblem is happy to help you with your pin design, and all the same plating options and colors can be used on lapel pins the same as they are on challenge coins. See the challenge coin section above for more information.
Any design you can make into a lapel pin or challenge coin can also be used for keychains, cuff links and tie bars. Feel free to ask about these products as well.
Another very popular option is PVC patches. These are patches that are made of injectable PVC and have a rubber-like feel to them. They are rapidly becoming popular with tactical teams and in applications where the patches are worn in an outdoor environment. The advantages of this product are that it does not snag, is difficult to tear, and does not stain. It is very easy to clean with warm water and a soft cloth. It is lightweight, flexible, waterproof, and can withstand harsh elements. These patches can also be made in 3-D to provide more depth to the design. They are usually paired with a hook and loop backing. The disadvantage to this type of patch is that it is more expensive to produce than standard embroidery patches, and colors cannot be blended. Please feel free to ask for your no obligation quote on your design.
Gman Emblem was founded in 1999 by retired FBI Special Agent Wayne Alexander. After serving 27 years in the FBI, Wayne expanded his hobby of collecting FBI patches into a part-time business to produce them for other agents, hence the name Gman Emblem. As the business continued to grow, more products were added and customers outside the FBI began to utilize Gman Emblem. In 2001, Wayne's friend, Jim Clark, assisted him in creating a website for the business. Over the years, the two became close friends despite a vast age difference. In June 2018, Wayne fell ill and unfortunately could not recover. He passed away on June 25, 2018. Jim took over the business and has been running it since August 1, 2018. He is honored to continue the legacy created by his good friend.
If you would like to use Gman Emblem to make your products, please give us a call at 502-492-9715 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help turn your ideas into a reality whether you have finished artwork, a hand-drawn sketch, or just an idea. We will create your art piece and send you a digital proof for approval. You can make as many changes as you want before the item is sent into final production. Actual samples cannot be made for coins, pins, cufflinks, keychains or PVC patches. A sample can be made for embroidered patches, a picture of which will be emailed to the customer for approval before final production. If you want a sample in your hands for an embroidered patch, we can arrange that too but there are separate fees for this option.
Gman Emblem is proud to accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. We will also accept payment via check or money order drawn on US bank accounts. Once you place an order, the item will be sent to the factory for production. Once the item is completed, it will be directly shipped to you from the factory. Gman Emblem will notify you once we receive shipping notification and provide you with a tracking number.
For customers affiliated with any of our approved vendorships or return customers, payment for all items is not due until 30 days after your items have shipped. For new customers, a deposit may be required. Gman Emblem does not sell extras or overruns. We will not make any items without verification that the purchaser is an employee or representative of the agency listed on the product. Gman Emblem does not make generic items that are not affiliated with a particular agency or corporation.
For purposes of this section, our approved vendorships but are not limited to all five military branches, DOJ, ATF, DEA, FBI, USMS, Ford Motor Company, American Airlines, Snapchat, Fraternal Order of Police, LVMPD, LMPD, and the State of Arizona.
Another product in the Gman Emblem line of products is the custom bottle opener. These products can be as small as a challenge coin, but are usually a little larger. All the same plating options and colors can be used on bottle openers the same as they are on challenge coins. See the challenge coin section above for more information on those options. Gman Emblem is happy to assist you with the creation of a custom design for your bottle opener.
We can provide customized poker chips made of ceramic and printed on both sides and the outside edge. Available in a variety of colors.
CUSTOM ACHIEVEMENT/RACE MEDALS
We can provide customized medals with CMYK sublimated printed ribbons. The medals can be in a multitude of finished and have color added. They can be as large as six inches in size and up to 1/2 inch thick. The ribbons can be printed in almost any colors and are printed on both sides. They can be up to 2 inches wide.
CHALLENGE COIN SPECIAL OPTIONS
As technology continues to improve and more options become available, Gman Emblem is always at the forefront looking for ways to make your custom coins more unique and special at affordable prices. Some of these options are listed below:
These coins have a center section that spins, allowing for more flexibility in displaying the coin. The drawback is that these coins require two molds for each section, increasing the costs.
These coins use paints that are translucent - in other words, you can see through them to the metal below. The effect of the paint itself is attractive to many, similar to a candy paint job on a car. Other times they can be used to reveal a hidden design in the metal below. These tend to pair best with shiny nickel and shiny gold plating.
These coins use paints that are matte finish - all the gloss has been removed from the paint. They are common in coins made for tactical teams.
These coins use paints that have glitter mixed in the paint. It can be used effectively in designs with snow or where otherwise appropriate.
These coins use paints that have glow-in-the dark powder added to the paint. The larger the surface area and lighter color the underlying paint is will determine the brightness of the glow. Coin pictured is under black light for greater effect.
Jewels can be added to coins to give them a special appearance.
The newest product carried by Gman Emblem is the custom PVC challenge coin. In what is truly a marriage of the most popular products of late, the customized PVC patch can now be made into a two-sided custom PVC Coin. Literally thousands of colors can be used to create your design with three-dimensional imagery on both sides of the coins. The coins can be made in almost any shape or size. Competitive in price with ceramic poker chips, these items are more affordable for those wanting a custom coin but who don't have the budget for traditional metal challenge coins. These are also an affordable option for community giveaways and/or recruitment tools.