MILLEDGEVILLE — Over the past 39 years, husband and wife Frank and Judy Santori have grown their family-operated business from a single engraving machine in the spare room of their home to a go-to corporation for middle Georgia’s custom design needs, now located in a 4,000 square-foot space.
“Business started in 1974 as a taxidermy business, which was a hobby and eventually turned into another business. The way we got into engraving is we had to engrave plates of the different species that we were mounting,” said Judy of Sinclair Custom Award Designs. “Then from there, we started doing a lot of engraving for a local sporting goods store. We were contacted by various fishing clubs and organizations to do their awards when they found out we could engrave.”
In 1976, Georgia Military College became the first local customer to order trophies. Four years later, the taxidermy business became known as Baldwin Trophies and Awards Inc.
“Business just grew after GMC. In 1980, I left my job at the bank and started doing this full time. We moved our business from the home into different commercial locations before we settled across the Rocket Roller Rink; we were there for 21 years,” Judy said. “In March 2012, we decided to make a move because the area was just not beneficial to service the people here in Milledgeville.”
The well-known business changed its name to Sinclair Custom Award Designs and moved into the Quiznos shopping center on North Columbia Street.
“We grew our business until the economic crisis in Milledgeville; that’s one of the reasons we had to relocate,” Judy said. “It wasn’t smart for us to stay where we were.”
The family establishment specializes in engraving, lasering, printing and casting custom trophies, awards, plaques, memorials, desk accessories, gifts and more. The Santori’s plan to expand the printing side of the business to create more custom flip-flops, apparel, throws and pillows.