Category Archives: Plaques & Awards

PEC makes waves with new donor wall at Cambridge SportsPlex

The Cambridge SportsPlex donor wall.

The donor wall at the Cambridge SportsPlex honors all those who contributed time and money to the project.

It took 140 donors to make it happen, but thanks to their dedication, the town of Fairfield, Iowa, has a new gym and pool facility that is improving its citizens’ quality of life and attracting new people to the community.

Originally built 45 years ago, Fairfield’s recreational facilities were due for an upgrade. In 2011, planning began for the multi-million-dollar Cambridge SportsPlex, and it opened in 2016. The 36,000 square-foot-space includes an indoor three-lane track, three full-size basketball courts, fitness area, exercise floor, storage, batting cages, restrooms, and showers.

After the grand opening, the SportsPlex task force committee wanted to recognize the generous donors who contributed to the project. A member of the task force, Kent Whitney, had previously worked with the PEC team and was pleased with the end result of the project. On behalf of the committee, he approached Pella Engraving Company about creating a donor recognition wall.

“I stopped in one day and showed them our ideas. They immediately took to it and got excited about the project. I knew right then we had the company we needed with the capability and passion to create our donor wall,” said Kent.

Donor wall at Cambridge SportsPlex.

Kent already had a design in mind, and PEC was able to bring the idea to life using a three-part approach:

  • Wave-inspired, curving background plates were cut on PEC’s state-of-the-art plasma cutter from 1/8″ aluminum. After color-matching the client’s artwork, these plates were painted in three shades of blue.
  • 1/8″ zinc plates with a pebbled texture were cut on a band saw and painted light gray to showcase the donor list. Donor names were etched into the zinc and tipped in black.
  • PEC turned to Sadler Sign and Design of Pella for the smallest lettering on the sign. The scale of the letters was too small to be handled by a plasma cutter or CNC machine. Vinyl was the perfect solution. The PEC team pre-coated the vinyl with the task force committee’s chosen shade of gray, and the individual letters were cut by Sadler Sign and Design. This lettering technique was repeated for the sign’s headline to create a cohesive and eye-catching final design.

The donor wall was installed in the Cambridge SportsPlex lobby. It perfectly fills space on a bare wall and improves traffic flow through the building. The task force committee was very pleased with the final project.

“Pella Engraving Company made what could have been a very challenging project enjoyable and stress-free,” said Kent. “The team’s professionalism and friendly and flexible demeanor made us feel like our project was the most important one on their plate.”

PEC brings modern style to Central College recognition wall

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Pella Engraving manufactured 58 plaques for the updated Central College Hall of Honor—55 recreations of the original plaques and 3 all-new plaques.

Four years ago, Central College embarked on the Forever Dutch initiative—an ongoing multi-million dollar renovation project that is transforming the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex into a modern and welcoming home for student-athletes, coaches, and Central fans. The latest upgrade to the complex is the expansion and renovation of the southern and western wings of P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

The expansion was completed last spring, but it was officially unveiled to fans, donors, and alumni at the Athletics Hall of Honor induction ceremony on September 23 during Central’s 2017 homecoming celebrations. Open for exploring on the gym’s second floor were areas like the newly updated wrestling room. Downstairs, in the Pacha Family Lobby, guests were greeted by something special courtesy of Pella Engraving Company—a brand-new Hall of Honor recognition wall.

The Hall of Honor was instituted in 2002. It recognizes standout student-athletes, coaches, and administrators who have become exceptional leaders outside the Central College athletics family. “Inductees to the Hall of Honor represent the best of what Central is all about,” said Athletics Director Eric Van Kley.

Fifteen years ago, the original Hall of Honor included 55 magnesium plaques with wood backings; Pella Engraving had been manufacturing a new plaque each time an inductee was chosen. As the work on Kuyper Gymnasium progressed, the Forever Dutch team decided to replace the original plaques with new ones that fit the sleek, modern feel of the renovated building. “We went back to Pella Engraving because we knew they could provide plaques with the style and excellence that characterize the new building,” said Eric.

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The new plaques feature a photo of the honoree, their graduation date, and biographical information printed on silver aluminum plates.

In total, Pella Engraving manufactured 58 plaques for the updated Hall of Honor—55 recreations of the original plaques and 3 all-new plaques. Plaques will be added each year as new individuals are inducted into the Hall of Honor. The PEC team took the lead in creating the new plaque style. Each plaque includes a photo of the honoree, their graduation date, and a short description of their accomplishments, all surrounded by a field of Central red. The photo, text, and color background were printed on silver aluminum plates with Pella Engraving’s UV flatbed printer. The aluminum plates were then adhered to a black acrylic backer. Finally, clear acrylic shields that provide both style and protection from nicks and scratches were secured to the front of each plaque with aluminum standoff caps.

The display is headlined with plasma-cut aluminum lettering. Two sets of letters—one silver and one black—were created using PEC’s state-of-the-art plasma cutter. The black letters were installed first, followed by the silver letters, which were placed at a slight offset to create a drop-shadow effect.

The new recognition wall received a very positive reception at the Athletics Hall of Honor ceremony. “I’ve heard a lot of people say that the new Hall of Honor looks very classy,” said Eric. “It adds excitement to the lobby, and the quality of the display is something we are really proud of. The Pella Engraving team is tremendous.”

New printer amps up UV flatbed color printing

PEC’s newest piece of equipment offers even more color vibrancy and all the same UV-printing benefits.

A new UV flatbed printer is up and running at Pella Engraving Company.

“The easy-to-use software and reliability are big wins for the PEC team,” said Jarid Purvis, a PEC co-owner. “We’ve found the color quality and vibrancy to also be an upgrade from our previous UV printer.”

PEC often turns to flatbed UV printing as an economical solution for adding color to plaques. Designs are printed directly on materials, like a sheet of aluminum. Then specialized ultra-violet lights instantly dry ink. These aluminum sheets can be cut into almost any shape and mounted to a plaque backing.

Any color is an option with this printer—even white ink on dark backgrounds. Primers and gloss overlays ensure excellent adhesion and durability. The printer also offers an expanded printer area of 24″ x 18″.

“Plaques that use flatbed UV printing to add color offer a contemporary feel and excellent detail reproduction,” said Jarid.

For more information on using flatbed UV color printing for your next plaque, call Pella Engraving at 877-549-5447 or email orders@pellaengraving.com.

PEC plaques showcase achievement for Million Dollar Round Table members

For those in the finance industry, membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)—a global, independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals—is an exceptional career achievement. And what better way to showcase that success than with a plaque from Pella Engraving Company?

“The Million Dollar Round Table offers plaques for members to display in their office to show they are among the best in their profession, cultivating respect from both peers and clients,” explained MDRT Client Service Manager Shawn Boothe.

This wood-mounted Metalphoto® plaque cut into the shape of a shield honors a new member of the Million Dollar Round Table for financial and insurance professionals.

Pella Engraving makes many of the plaque styles the Million Dollar Round Table offers. When deciding on a plaque supplier, MDRT sought the same high standards it requires of its members, and the PEC team has been meeting those expectations for almost two decades.

“In addition to always being timely and courteous, the team at Pella goes above and beyond our customer service expectations,” said Shawn. “They are efficient, easily accessible, cooperative, and always looking to enhance creativity.”

In total, Pella Engraving manufactures a variety of different plaques for MDRT: the shield-shaped Metalphoto® plaque for newly qualified members and the magnesium Court of the Table, Honor Roll, Quarter Century, and Top of the Table plaques.

The highlight of this partnership is the MDRT Annual Meeting; the PEC team attends every year to continue building connections and take orders for plaques. The 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando brought record sales—an achievement for both Pella Engraving and MDRT.

“Earning a seat at the Million Dollar Round Table is a major achievement. The Pella Engraving team is proud to be part of the tradition,” said PEC Owner Bruce Van Wyk.

Bring your magnesium or zinc plaque to life with a little color

When your plaque calls for color, Pella Engraving offers several options to consider that fit a wide variety of projects. No matter your budget or desired aesthetic, our team can help you plan a colorful plaque that stands out from the crowd. 

But which color option is the best fit for your plaque? To help you decide, PEC has put together this quick guide to our color options for zinc and magnesium plaques.

Add color accents with paint

Hand-painted color is ideal for customers who envision a classic, traditional-looking plaque. Customers who go this route can choose from PEC’s lineup of standard colors, which varies depending on the color of the plaque material (i.e., silver, copper, or gold). Hundreds of PMS PANTONE® colors are also available at an additional charge for customers who like the look of a painted plaque but want a more specific color.

Hand-painted color is ideal for traditional-looking plaques.

Hand-painting keeps the full integrity of the plaque material intact. Once a color is chosen, the PEC team paints the recessed areas of the plaque with that color. More than one color can be used, though a raised area must separate each color.

Along with the recessed areas, Pella Engraving can further enhance the timeless look of the plaque by tipping the raised areas with color. Standard tipping colors, which include iridescent colors, are available. Gold, copper, and silver protective coatings for raised areas of the plaque are also an option.

Reproduce vibrant colors and images with UV flatbed printing

While adding color with paint may be ideal for traditional plaques, PEC’s UV flatbed color option is perfect for customers interested in a vibrant, contemporary plaque.

With UV flatbed printing, customers can add both color and detailed images to their plaques using Pella Engraving’s specialized printer. The UV printer is the fastest and most cost-effective plaque color option, with the added bonus of no extra charges for custom colors or limitations color choices. It is also an outstanding option for logos, photographs, government seals, and more because it can reproduce images with areas of multiple colors.

The secret is the UV printer itself, which prints directly on materials like a sheet of aluminum and uses specialized ultra-violet lights to instantly dry ink. These aluminum sheets can then be cut into almost any shape and adhered to a plaque backing.

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Flatbed UV color printing is a good option for plaques with logos, photographs, and government seals.

Choosing the right option for incorporating color on your plaque can make it truly shine. To learn more about PEC’s plaque color options, visit the plaque personalization and UV flatbed printing pages on our website, or contact a member of our team today.

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Plaques and Awards
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Recognition and Donor Walls
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Sandcarved Awards
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Laser Engraving and Laser Marking
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UV Flatbed Printing
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