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.
“We can do just about anything, including name plates, pens, clocks, rubber stamps, notary seals, picture frames, albums, permanent markers for indoors and outdoors, banners, letter vehicles, car tags, T-shirts and apparel, ribbons, medals and promotional items to enhance business. We also sell tiaras and crowns, and have a full line of sorority and fraternity gifts,” Judy said. “Everything is done in-house except some of the signage and bronzing. Some things can take less than 24 hours or up to one or two weeks depending on the size of the order.”
Sinclair Custom Award Designs is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We like this location. I love being able to design something that nobody else has designed and communicating with the customers; that’s what has kept us in business for so many years,” Judy said. “We thank all of our faithful customers for almost 40 years of support and business.”
For more information about the business, to order customized awards or gifts, or make an appointment during off-hours, call 478-454-5900, email email@example.com or visit www.sinclaircustomawarddesigns.com.
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