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Our History

Humble Beginnings

In 1934, The Erffmeyer & Son Company was established in downtown Milwaukee, in the Plankinton Building. Chet Erffmeyer, a young salesman for the Bunde and Upmeyer Company, a jewelry manufacturing and card making business, purchased and took over the emblematic division, reestablishing it as Erffmeyer & Son Company, Inc. (ESCO). Chet Erffmeyer, with his wife Lillian alongside him, worked to produce emblematic jewelry and awards for various fraternal and religious groups nationwide and for local organizations and companies in the Milwaukee area. Less than 20 years later, in 1951, Chet passed away and a very young Robert Erffmeyer took charge.  Robert had just graduated one year earlier from college, after serving in the military during WWII, training to be a naval fighter pilot.  With the abrupt passing of Chet, Robert took charge and the business continued growing, Robert had the vision and foresight to ultimately move the company to the “boon docks”….where we reside today. We needed the manufacturing space to grow.



Ground broke, and the new ESCO was erected in an area people said was “far too west”. Time passed and we had to build an addition for shipping…more time passed and we had to build another addition for more jewelers benches and engraving/enameling stations ...more time passed and we were building a second level for additional office space…while more time passed and we bought a second building to house our expanding heaving stamping and trimming operations and added a lasering department. Robert had vision and took us to new levels in business. He was steadfast in establishing relationships and providing unsurpassed quality products and services to companies that we still serve in the recognition award business today.


Robert leaves a legacy!


Robert Erffmeyer, with his wife Helen alongside him, leaves behind a legacy for those that follow. Very few bring to the table the character, perseverance, and steadfast leadership like Robert. Not only is Robert a successful businessman, but a Major General, a 33rd degree Mason, and much loved husband and father. His nature is evident throughout our company in every employee. For example, should you visit our company; each member will take great pride in his/her part of manufacturing process, personally walking you through each step.  Quality was established as everyone’s personal responsibility whether you are a press operator, stone setter, polisher, engraver, jeweler, shipper or customer service representative. So many of us have spent years in this atmosphere and are passionate about a job well done, customers, service, quality, longevity, rewards, employees, and all the things that make a company and what it does, great!


Our Time is Now, Our Future is Bright!

Today, the 3rd generation continues Robert's legacy.  One of the many signs Robert had made and posted in our hallways was “Our Time is Now”.There is never a time like now to get things done, achieve the goal, and accomplish the mission. Now, more than ever, ESCO is poised and ready to continue Robert’s legacy well into the future.We vow to keep ESCO moving forward in the manufacturing processes, equipment, and technology while still holding on to the values that were instilled in us. We have updated the equipment for tool making, the laser process and cad cam programming and we welcome you to our new e-commerce driven website.

Another well known sign Robert posted was:

“Rule #1 – The customer is always right”

“Rule #2 – When the customer is wrong, refer to Rule #1”

This may give you some insight into how we treat our customers. You will never be sorry by choosing ESCO as your partner in recognition.

We are fully committed and ready to serve you!