The State of Massachusetts has recognized the essential nature of the identification requirements for public safety professionals of both local and federal agencies. To that end, we have established a factory operation that prioritizes the health of our employees while allowing us to continue to serve our dedicated customers. We take the responsibility of being part of the solution to flattening the curve of this pandemic very seriously and as such, our staffing levels will remain low in order to accommodate those amongst the Blackinton family that would be considered ‘at-risk’ as well as to abide by the CDC recommendations on distancing.
During this time, please note the following:
SALES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
Our Sales and Customer Service groups are available remotely to respond to all inquiries and provide usual assistance, preferably via email.
QUICKSHIP BADGES AND NAMEBARS
We are staffed and prepared to handle your orders for our QuickShip program. Our standard turnaround time for Quickship is 5 days and we are very close to that presently, but cannot honor the guarantee at this time.
Our FlexBadge department is also operational and taking on new orders.
Orders that have been on our factory floor the longest will receive priority attention and we will not be accepting any rush requests during this time.
Our staff is prepared to process new orders in order of date received. With a reduced factory staff, we cannot guarantee our ability to adhere to our standard turnaround times and we ask for your patience as we strive to fulfill each of the orders placed with us.
Blackinton is a 168 year old company that has weathered many storms. We’ve done so with the enduring support of partnerships like the one we have with you. We hope you, your customers, your communities, your local public safety departments, and your families remain safe and healthy and we look forward to many more years of business together.
We are not able to process refinishing requests at this time.
Stay Safe, Stay Diligent, and Stay Healthy!
Breast Cancer Badges, Lapel Pins and Commendation Bars
Although October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are many walks and benefits that occur throughout the summer where public safety professionals show they care by wearing pink!!!
The Blackinton® Breast Cancer Awareness line was launched in 2012 and quickly became one of our most popular lines of the year. As part of this program we donated 10% of sales to charity last year, and we will be doing the same this year!
Below are images of our top selling insignia pieces.
The Breast Cancer Badges are attention-getters!
Visit our Design-a-Badge program to create and order your badge today! Design-a-Badge under the Cancer Awareness Category..
Three New Badges Styles Added To The QuickShip Program
*We currently have 18 badge styles that ship within 5 business days or the badge is FREE!
*Under the QuickShip program Blackinton ships badges within 5 business days of order receipt at Blackinton or your badge is FREE!
We have added three Maltese Cross badges to our QuickShip program, the B484, B500, and B501.
In total, 18 of our most popular badge styles participate in the QuickShip program.
Click Here to learn more about the QuickShip program, and the options available under the program.
Boy battling cancer asks for birthday cards from police and firefighters
Help spread some joy by sending Tyler a birthday card!
Tyler Seddon, of Rhode Island, has been diagnosed with leukemia for the second time and will be celebrating his 7th birthday on March 6th. He would like to receive cards from his favorite first responders: Police and Firefighters.
Click Here to follow Tyler in the news, watch this great news clip about how East Providence Police and Fire are stepping up for Tyler. Along with other officers and firefighters from departments across the country.
Click Here and visit our blog to read more incredible stories of heroism.
Blackinton wins 2014 Global Trade Award
AIM’s (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) international business council has awarded Blackinton the Diplomat’s award for excellence in International trade.
The award recognizes excellence among Massachusetts businesses engaged in international trade. Blackinton will be presented with the award on May 9, 2014, at AIM’s annual meeting.
Blackinton is the largest worldwide manufacturer of police, fire, security, military, and government metal badges and uniform insignia. Blackinton was established in 1852, over 162 years ago, and since this time the company’s manufacturing facility has been operating in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts, employing its residents.
The catalyst for Blackinton’s international business was the launch of the company’s high security badges that incorporate RFID technology and color-shifting enamels. The security badges were developed to meet the needs of customers most concerned with officer authentication and badge anti-counterfeiting. These products are most valued in countries where police corruption and cartel activities are most active. In Mexico, and many Central and South American countries, the Blackinton security badges meet a very serious need. The company’s high security badges are its primary export.
Blackinton has utilized many U.S. Department of Commerce programs to help grow its international business. Since 2008, Blackinton has experienced a dramatic growth in its export sales, growing between 50-100% each year. Peter Roque, President of Blackinton®,
stated “We are proud of our U.S. heritage and Massachusetts history, and we are honored to receive this prestigious award. Being recognized for our efforts in international trade is a testament to the company’s commitment to developing innovative products that meet the ever changing needs of our customers. ”
Click Here to visit AIM’s site, and to obtain additional information about the award and the other award winners.
May 9, 2014, Blackinton Accepts The Aim 2014 Global Trade Award
Blackinton received the 2014 Diplomat’s award from AIM’s (Associated Industries of Massachusetts) International Business Council on May 9, 2014, at the 99th Aim Annual Meeting, where Jonathon Kraft, President of the New England Patriots, addressed the group of over 570 Business Leaders. See Jonathon’s speech by clicking here.
Receiving the award pictured above from left to right: Peter Roque, President of Blackinton; Stacy Rochefort, Blackinton International and Domestic Sales Support; Rick Lord, Executive Director of AIM; David Long, COO of Blackinton; Kristen Rupert, Aim Executive Director; Jeff Boutin, Blackinton Controller.
The award recognizes excellence among Massachusetts businesses engaged in international trade. Aim produced a three minute video that was shown at the meeting to help illustrate the Blackinton® global trade story. Click Here to view the video.
Blackinton received the Diplomat’s Award for excellence in global trade.
Miami Police Department wears Blackinton Pink Badges During October
The Miami PD is showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness by wearing Blackinton Pink Badges during national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Miami Police department will be wearing pink police badges, manufactured by Blackinton, during national Breast Cancer Awareness month; October. The Miami Fraternal Order of Police decided to introduce the idea of pink badges to the Police Department as a way to show support and raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
Click Here to learn more about Blackinton’s Breast Cancer Awareness Line.
Blackinton Donates to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Peter Roque presents check to Paul Jacques and Donna Luce MacDonald
Blackinton launched it’s Breast Cancer Awareness product line in 2012 and since this time public safety professionals have embraced our vibrant pink badges. As part of this program Blackinton annually donates 10% of the program’s sales equally to two different charities: The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation and The Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Since the launch of the product line Blackinton has donated over $8,500.00 to the charities.
Above, Blackinton CEO Peter Roque is presenting Blackinton’s annual donation to Paul Jacques, Legislative Agent, and Donna Luce MacDonald District Representative of the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.
L-R: Paul Jacques, Donna Luce MacDonald, Peter Roque
Massachusetts Honors the Brave Officers Involved in the 2013 Bombings
Blackinton Dealer Central Equipment Supplies the 31st Annual “Trooper George L. Hanna” Memorial Awards for Bravery
On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will honor officers from the following police departments: Ashland, Boston, Danvers, Lynn, Massachusetts State Police, MBTA Transit Police, MIT Police, Pembroke, and Watertown. The officers are being honored for their bravery during the 2013 marathon bombings.
Blackinton along with Central Equipment are proud to be the supplier of these prestigious medals. Congratulations to all the well deserving officers!
During Police Week, and always, we thank you for all you do!
We came accross this great naration on YouTube by Paul Harvey
“The Policeman”. We encourage you to watch this very real video on what it is like to be a policeman. Click Here to view.
Congratulations to the 2014 Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award Winners
Blackinton has been a proud sponsor of the Firehouse Magazine Heroism & Community Service Awards for over 25 years!
The newest honorees of the 2014 Heroism Awards have been announced. Click Here to read about the brave acts each of these winners displayed in the face of danger.
Thank you to all firefighters who run into the face of danger, so we can escape it!
What a great letter we received from Houston’s Fire Chief:
“I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you and your company, Blackinton, for presenting the members of the Houston Fire Department unit Tower 18 (Senior Captain Brad Hawthorne and Engineer Operator Dwayne Wyble) as Medal of Valor recipients. As recognition for their heroic actions, the medals will be presented to each respective member in a ceremony that will be held at Station 18.
The Medal of Valor’s will be carried close to their hearts and continue to fuel their fire to provide the highest degree of customer service to our citizens while providing for the safety of firefighters.
On behalf of the nearly 4,200 men and women of the Houston Fire Department, thank you for all that you do.
Terry Garrison, Houston Fire Chief
Blackinton Helps Owen’s Dreams Come True
Thanks to the Dartmouth MA Police Department for approaching Blackinton with Owen’s story.
The Dartmouth, MA, Police Department came across an article in their local paper about Owen Costa, a little boy who is stricken to a wheel chair due to his Muscular Dystrophy. Owen’s dream is to become an Undercover Police Officer.
The detectives at Dartmouth PD wanted to make his dream come true. Detective Kyle Costa contacted Blackinton, and asked us to help out. We were excited to make Owen’s badge and are very grateful to the detectives for making Owen’s dreams come true. Below is an excerpt from Dartmouth PD’s Facebook Page.
We had a very special visitor at DPD!
Owen Costa, who was featured in an August 22nd article by Standard Times reporter Auditi Guha, was asked to join Chief Robert Szala, Lieutenant Mark Zielinski, and members of the Dartmouth Police Department Detective Division, to receive his official “Junior Detective” badge, which was very generously donated by our friends at Blackinton.
While at the station, Owen also met with the dispatchers, and talked with us about his ambition of one day becoming an undercover detective.
Owen is a very special boy, who will undoubtedly be successful at whatever he sets his mind to. Thanks for stopping by Owen. You are welcome here anytime!
Blackinton participates in helping Camren Moore become a State Trooper for a day!
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) appointed 11-year old Camren Moore as an honorary State Trooper, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event was covered by several local TV stations in Harrisburg. Above is a photo from the day, specifically, one of Camren receiving his Blackinton badge. Camren was born with a brain malformation, and the doctor’s told Camren’s parents he would not live past the age of two. Camren at age 11 is truly an inspiration. On this special day Camren pulled over an SUV who was speeding and gave him a ticket… his dad stated he’s only seen Camren this happy, “two weeks ago when we were here, when we came to get his uniform, he could not stop smiling.” Click Here to see news coverage on the ceremony.
Make-A-Wish and Pennsylvannia State Police put a smile on 11 year old Camren’s face.
Senator Richard Ross Visits Blackinton
Pictured below from left to right are David Long, COO, Senator Ross, Richard Isacco, Vice President, and Jeff Boutin, Controller.
visiting Blackinton Senator Richard Ross featured V.H. Blackinton in his small business spotlight. Click Here to see the spotlight.
Blackinton is subject of Senator Ross’s Small Business Spotlight
Blackinton Donates to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Since 2012, Blackinton has proudly donated over $11,000 to Breast Cancer research and support charities, accounting for 10% of total sales from our Breast Cancer Awareness line.
Accepting Blackinton’s 2015 donation to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network is Paul Jacques, Legislative Agent. Paul is receiving the check from Jeff Boutin, Blackinton ‘s Controller.
Each year we take great pride in seeing various departments across the company embrace this program. The Breast Cancer line consists of seven badge styles and a variety of insignia. Click here to learn more about this program.
Wayland MA Police Department Celebrates 100th Anniversary
Congratulations to Wayland Police as 2016 marks their 100th anniversary! We are honored to be involved in this momentous
occasion. Thank you to First Defense Supply for bringing this great opportunity to Blackinton enabling us to create Wayland’s Anniversary badge. Click Here to read an article about Wayland’s Anniversary.
Blackinton Featured on WCVB Channel 5 Made In Massachusetts
Blackinton has a long history and is a proud industry leader who calls Massachusetts home!
Click Here to watch the Made In Massachusetts segment featuring Blackinton that was recently filmed and aired on WCVB Channel 5 Boston.
The Made in Massachusetts show features Massachusetts based manufacturers who produce unique, quality products right here in the Bay State. Thank you very much to Doug Meehan and the Channel 5 team for recognizing Blackinton’s long proud history and for featuring Blackinton on this great local show.
New Custom Memorial Badge Makes The Local Paper
Methuen PD wanted a memorial badge to wear in honor of Police Week, so they came to us with the idea – we collaborated and then the custom badge was created.
Our local paper The Sun Chronicle ran an article about the memorial badge Click Here to read the article.
Versatility is what separates Blackinton apart from so many other companies. We just don’t have badges that we take off the shelf. Each police badge, fire badge, sheriff’s badge, etc… is custom made and personalized to that department / individual. Watch our video series (click here) and you will understand what we mean.
Annual Donation to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network
David Elliott (Blackinton left) poses with check and Paul Jacques (FCSN right)
We always enjoy our annual visit from Paul Jacques who is the MA State Director from the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. He is pictured here with David Elliott Blackinton’s Director of Sales posing with our annual donation from the sale of our Breast Cancer line of police and fire badges and insigina.
Blackinton Featured In PBN Stuff Magazine
Read Ryan’s interview to get a better understanding of what it takes to be a die and toolmaker.
Blackinton was recently featured in PBN Stuff magazine, which features manufacturers in the Rhode Island area. Ryan Langlois one of our up and coming die and tool makers was interviewed for the article. Click Here to read the article.
” I would like to express deep gratitude for your company and the people that work for it. Blackinton has always produced a quality product, which we at the Texas Highway Patrol proudly wear the Blackinton badge and nameplates. “