In July 2021 World Emblem is nominated for the first time as a Top 40 Supplier for ASI. It also released an innovative new product called PV+ Emblems. Made of soft rubber, this decoration offers an exciting three-dimensional look to any product.
With the onset of COVID-19, the company faced one of the biggest challenges in its history. Factories were shut down and the management team gathered to figure out the best way to pivot in a way that employees would not have to be laid off.
Face masks were launched the second week of March 2020 and by the third week sales reached $5 million. This new direction, which also included personal protection equipment, resulted in not a single person being laid off.
Another highlight of 2020 was the addition of leather to the lineup of emblem choices.
The company took a giant step forward technologically in 2019 by adding application programming interface (API) to its list of services. This automated ordering for customers as well as making the process faster and more error proof.
A sister company, Fastpens was created
In 2017, World Emblem is recognized by Aramark as its vendor of the year, and in 2019 Aramark presents the company with its inaugural Passion For Partnership Award. This is to spotlight a company that goes above and beyond Aramark’s expectations.
Stickers International launched in 2016 offering domed, metallic, glossy, matte and other types of stickers as well as window clings, clear labels and paper labels.
In 2015, President and CEO Randy Carr is named to Stitches Magazine Power 75 list. This honor came in recognition of the company’s use of automated equipment to coordinate each step of the production process as well as a heavy investment in an advanced ordering system that allowed them to handle everything from design to ordering to checking sales history to invoicing.
FlexStyle Emblems were launched, with innovative technology in the industry.
FlexStyle comes in six distinct styles. FlexStyle Textured has deep texturing and detail, FlexStyle Domed features a shiny, smooth 3D surface, FlexStyle Flat has an elegant flat appearance, FlexStyle Beveled has sharper edges for a more refined look, FlexStyle Holographic which can be flipping, floating or scrolling effect; and FlexStyle Signatures with supreme detail, durability and color. Whichever style you choose, FlexStyle offers unparalleled flexibility, with heat-seal and pressure sensitive applications.
In 2010, the U.S. division of Name Badges International was launched expanding the company’s product offerings to digitally printed, domed name tags. Sales from this division are expected to more than double in the coming year in comparison to 2012.
In 2005, a plant was opened in Mexico to handle the huge influx of new business. Eventually, more than 800 embroidery heads, the graphics department and material prep was moved there.
The following year, 2006, World Emblem surpassed its largest competitor, Penn Emblem, as the largest patch producer in the world.
In 1998, As Jerold moved toward retirement, Randy became president and Jamie was named vice president of sales. Jerold passed in 2000. Under the direction of Randy and Jamie, the company continued to grow and expand.
In 1993, the company name was changed from Emblem Service Center to World Emblem.
By 1990, Jerold’s two sons, Randy and Jamie Carr, joined the business. Joel and Aronson was closed and assets were transferred to Emblem Service Center
In 1987, Jerold Carr started a sister company, Emblem Service Center, in Miami, which was the first step in moving embroidery production and emblem manufacturing to locations in Florida
In 1978, J&A International was founded in England, with Jerold Carr as the sole proprietor to serve the European market. It produces garments for the sportswear, safety wear, workwear and promotional markets and continues to thrive there.
By 1975, Carr had moved the headquarters to Ridgefield, N.J., opened a second facility in Fairview, N.J. and a third location in California, while growing annual revenue to $6 million (roughly $31 million in today’s dollars).
In 1952, Jerold Carr came on board to Joel and Araonoff, and after 10 years as a successful salesperson, bought the company from the owners in 1962
The company began as Joel and Aronoff Inc in 1945 in New York City. It was a family-owned emblem business that focused on the industrial laundry industry.