Holmes Custom Press

 

March 29th, 2018: Holmes Custom Launches New Division: 904 Custom

 "Holmes Custom, a rubber stamp, sign, and corporate awards company, launched a new division, 904 Custom, on March 15, 2018. The transition has been in the works for up to 18 months. The division stems from its Etsy store that has offered personalized products such as stamps, embossers, cutting boards, pet accessories, and more since 2014. In that time, it has acquired nearly 18,000 followers." Read the full article here.

 

 February 16th, 2018: Holmes Custom Expands with Acquisitions in 2 States

 "Jacksonville-based Holmes Custom announced Thursday it bought Capitol Rubber Stamp Co., based in Austin, Texas, and Frost Manufacturing, based in Worcester, Massachusetts. Formerly known as Holmes Stamp & Sign, the company also bought 3 acres of commercial property at 3036 Philips Highway for eventual development.The personalization company was created in 1954 and is based at 2021 St. Augustine Road, just off Philips Highway." Read the full article here.

 

October 9th, 2017: Holmes Custom Gives Back to Haiti180 with Annual Visit

 "Just days after Hurricane Maria hit Haiti, Holmes Custom CEO Bryan Croft and several employees returned to Haiti as a part of Haiti180, a non-profit missionary program to support and improve the lives of the Haitian people. The group of 12 left the comforts of the U.S. on September 23, with their sights set on the village of Dandann. Home to roughly 1,000 individuals, the village is the host city of Haiti180’s charitable projects." Read the full article here.

 

 September 6th, 2017: Holmes Custom Hires Two Senior-Level Employees

 "The Jacksonville-based e-commerce company that retails custom business products and personalized gifts Holmes Custom has hired two senior level employees, Lee Pinkerton and Jim Gruhn. Pinkerton joins as the Chief Customer Officer and Gruhn as the Chief Technology Officer. "We are already a strong team but with the additions of Lee and Jim, we are in a very strong position,' said CEO and President Bryan Croft." Read the press release here.

 

August 31st, 2017: Holmes Custom Acquires 47-year-old Detroit-Based Company: Blue Water Engraving and Rubber Stamps

 "Holmes Custom, previously Holmes Stamp & Sign, a Jacksonville-based provider of rubber stamps, custom signs, name tags, and personalized products for business and home use since 1954, has acquired a Michigan-based company, Blue Water Engraving and Rubber Stamps. Blue Water began in 1970 as Pontiac Stamp, Stencil and Typesetting and was acquired by Dan and Cathy Cushard in 2004. Its growth over the years has been predominantly organic, stemming from referrals of clients and professionals in the Detroit-Metro area." Read the press release here.

 

May 17th, 2017: After 60 Years, a Fast-Growing Jax Business is Changing its Strategy

 "After more than 60 years in business, a fast-growing Jacksonville company is changing its branding and expanding its footprint. What had been Holmes Stamp and Sign has changed its name to Holmes Custom, reflecting the changing nature of its business. While the family-owned business started with stamps and then grew into signs, it has since expanded into an array of customized products, from name tags to trophies." Read the full article here.

 

April 13th, 2017: GMA Deals and Steals on Must-Have Personalized Products

When we heard we would be featured on Good Morning America with Tory Johnson's Steals and Deals, it was a dream come true for our small business! For years we had worked towards building our company, so when we had the opportunity to be featured on national news we realized our time to shine was finally here. Tory showcased our personalized pet bowls in the segment, and the result? $45,000 in pet bowl sales in just two days. Our small team gathered around the TV to watch the segment, then worked long hours to fulfill all of the orders! Read all about this exciting day for our company here.

 

 April 12th, 2017: A Conversation with Bryan Croft, Owner Holmes Custom

 "With a freshly minted marketing degree, Bryan bought into this business and took it over from the previous generation. He has ushered it into the internet age and led a few acquisitions. Merging cultures and integrating leadership from some of those companies turned out to be a challenge. Listen to how Bryan initially underestimated the difficulty of navigating people, culture and processes." Listen to the podcast episode here.

 

April 1st, 2017: Made in Jax: Holmes Custom Makes an Impression

 "Bryan Croft refers to his company as 'a 63-year-old startup.' Holmes Stamp & Sign has been a fixture in Jacksonville since the 1950s. But that small local company that produced rubber stamps and signs for Jacksonville business has changed in recent, thanks to a full embrace of the internet and e-commerce. 'We realized we had a really cool product that we could put in a box and ship anywhere,' said Croft, who bought the business from his father in 2009." Read the full article here.

 

  March 21st, 2017: Holmes Custom Hosts Local Elementary School Field Trip

 "Eager Jacksonville Beach Elementary School students skipped to the door of the Holmes Custom facility on March 9 for its annual Field Trip Day, where they learned the ins-and-outs of how stamps, signs and name tags are made. Approximately 80 first graders were greeted by Holmes Custom CEO Bryan Croft, who kicked off the activities by sharing what the day had in store." Read the full article here.

 

March 17th, 2017: Jacksonville Holmes Custom Acquires Sign and Stamp Company Outside of Boston

  "A Jacksonville-based sign and stamp company has acquired an e-commerce company based in Salem, Mass. Holmes Custom, formerly known as Holmes Sign & Stamp and manufactures signs, rubber stamps, name tags and other business products in Jacksonville, announced in a prepared statement that it has acquired The Corporate Connection. The company based in Salem outside of Boston produces notary supplies and corporate seals and some other products similar to Holmes Custom." Read the full article here.

 

March 16th, 2017: Holmes Custom Remodels and Expands with Acquisition

  "Jacksonville-based manufacturer Holmes Custom is taking steps toward major growth early in 2017 as it announces the acquisition of e-commerce company The Corporate Connection, based in the Boston area, and a complete rebranding of the former Holmes Stamp & Sign. Finalized on March 9 for an undisclosed amount, negotiations with the previous owners of The Corporate Connection began in December of 2016, according to Holmes Custom CEO and Owner Bryan Croft." Read the full article here.

 

February 27th, 2017: 63-Year-Old Company, Holmes Stamp & Sign, Changes Name

 "Holmes Stamp and Sign, a Jacksonville-based manufacturer of rubber stamps, name tags, custom signs and other personalized office products since 1954, has changed its name to Holmes Custom. The Company says the reason for the name change is very simple –“We are so much more than stamps and signs,” says CEO and owner Bryan Croft." Read the press release here.

 

May 18th, 2016: Rapid Hiring and Growth for Jacksonville Business: Holmes Stamp & Sign

 "Jacksonville-based Holmes Stamp and Sign (HSC) is reporting rapid growth from online sales of their custom name tags, desk plates, signs, banners, stamps and other personalized office products and gifts. As a result, they are adding jobs at an unprecedented pace in company history. The new hire starting on May 23rd marks the Company’s fifth full time hire in less than a month." Read the press release here.