What to know when adding your logo to PVC Patches

PVC Patches

  What are PVC Patches? What are PVC Patches made out of? Are PVC Patches expensive? Do PVC Patches last? PVC Patches are made of Poly vinyl chloride, the third most used plastic today. The questions above are only some of the questions our customers ask us when creating ”PVC Patches” with their logo or insignia. […]

Case Study: The 9th New York Volunteer Infantry


On December 23, 2010, we completed a case study that was initiated by Dennis Schurr who came to us earlier that year with a request to create a commemorative service medal for the “Flags Over Hatteras” event celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Civil War engagements on the Outer Banks. These coins were given out during […]

PVC Luggage Tags

PVC Luggage Tag

With all the promotional gifts being given out each year at, the Luggage Tag is really one unique and under used idea, that is available and functional for the recipient of the gift. Made out of PVC, they are an excellent way to promote the company as you or others travel. The back contains the […]

The Awards: Tips for Getting Involved in Triathlons for Kids and Parents


Move over Ironman, there’s a new kid in town. According to USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport, the number of “kid triathlons” for youths ages 18 and under has more than tripled in recent years, rising from approximately 300 youth-only triathlons in 2007 to 1,000 events in 2013. USA Triathlon now lists […]

The Secret is Out: Using Lapel Pins for Special Perks & Guest List Access


When lapel pins make the news, we take notice. And this latest story involving Hollywood stars wearing custom lapel pins as a “secret I.D. badge” to guarantee them access to an exclusive party is not only pure fun, but it points to some new and unique ways to use lapel pins that you may not […]

What is a Pinning Ceremony?

nursing lapel pins

It’s graduation season at colleges and training schools across the country, but if you have a nursing student in the family, you may find yourself receiving an invitation to a pinning ceremony, rather than the usual all-school graduation assembly. What’s a pinning ceremony? The history of it can be traced all the way back to […]

What’s Your Personal Lucky Charm?


Actress Cameron Diaz’s lucky charm is a golden horseshoe pendant necklace set with dazzling diamonds. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler won’t go on stage without an unusual custom necklace made from raccoon teeth he found in the woods as a child. When he played with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan wore his college team shorts underneath his […]

Behind the Camera – Tips on How to Photograph Small Pins, Coins & Jewelry


Photographing small shiny objects like lapel pins, coins or other jewelry-like products can offer a variety of unique challenges! At the Monterey Company, we have some of the tiniest, shiniest, sometimes awkward shaped products that we need to show every detail and clear angles so that you can see just how good our finished work […]