OUR HISTORY

About Herff Jones


Herff Jones has a rich history - a history that is also one of growth. Harry Herff and Randall Jones, who began their business in an old fire engine building on Capitol Avenue in downtown Indianapolis, founded Herff Jones in 1920. The company started out manufacturing class rings, medals, pins and other emblematic jewelry. Back in the 1940s, Herff Jones manufactured bullet dies for the war effort and was later commissioned to produce the Bronze Star.

Over the years, the company has added yearbooks, graduation announcements and accessories, diplomas, caps and gowns, diploma frames, and educational learning materials to the list of products it manufactures. Although both publicly and privately held throughout its history, the company became 100% employee-owned in 1995.

With manufacturing facilities across the United States, Herff Jones serves thousands of colleges and high schools across the country, along with countless grade schools, middle schools, churches, commercial firms, sports teams, movie studios and even courtrooms.

In addition, Herff Jones has had the distinctive honor of manufacturing some of the nation’s most prestigious recognition products, including the Naismith® Award, the Spirit Award, robes for many federal and state Supreme Court Justices and numerous collegiate championship rings and awards. Recently these have included the NCAA championship rings at the University of Florida and the Super Bowl XLI rings for the Indianapolis Colts.

Our experience in the industry makes us fully qualified to preserve and build traditions, whether we initiate them, whether they were initiated in the last decade or whether they were started over 100 years ago.

 

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
While continuing the Company's outstanding record of success, Herff Jones focuses on volunteerism and giving back. Employees donate time, talent and treasure to help meet the needs of people in our communities.


A major contributor to United Way of Central Indiana, Herff Jones has earned the coveted Company that Cares distinction for the past five years. The recognition is awarded to organizations that reach their fundraising or participation goal and meet specific criteria in volunteer community participation, leadership giving and more. Companies that Care exemplify the spirit of volunteerism by allowing employees to give time to United Way programs and/or its agencies.

Across the entire Company, Herff Jones employees are actively involved in creating a culture of volunteerism. We strive to be a good corporate citizen through service and financial commitment to the community. Employee owners at all Herff Jones locations are involved in a variety of activities. We are committed to helping better our communities.