Benton Trophy &
Awards, Inc. is and has always been a family owned and operated
Our company was founded
by our father and husband Robert Henry Edelbrock in July 1973. The first invoice was written out in early July
1973. Benton Trophy was originally located 2 miles down the road from
where we presently do business. The original location was in the
garage of the residence. Not long after, did it start to take over the
basement of the house. The business ran out of the basement for about
17 years after which, in the fall of 1989, the business was moved to
its present location two miles south (exactly 18 blocks) of the original site to downtown
Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.
In the early 1980's our
company joined an association called TDMA which is now known as ARA
(Awards & Recognition Association). It is an organization which
is dedicated to the awards ,engraving and sublimation industries.
Members of the
association are very knowledgeable and have many resources available
for your award needs. This association has helped us to build the
business we are today and allows us to give you the best service in
the industry. The association also gives insight into new products,
services, has monthly trade magazines and also hosts many trade shows
and seminars in the industry.
The industry has changed
dramatically since we started in 1973. We have customers
that come in and say "I remember when you guys were out of your house
and you had those hand engravers". They're right, we originally had
three hand engravers which we had purchased throughout the early
years. We gradually sold the two table top models and a hand engraving
tool, however to this day we have the old free standing pantograph in
the showroom to show our customers how far our business has come. In
1984 we invested in our first computerized engraving system and have
been updating ever since.
In 1989 we moved to our
present location and started a second business. We opened Benton Gift Shoppe in November of 1989
which was attached to our trophy location and separated by a partial
wall between the two showrooms. In early 1995 we closed the doors of Benton Gift Shoppe due to a lack of
business generated by the gift shop. We in exchange focused on our
main business, enlarged the showroom and continued to do what we do
On February 2, 1996 we lost our founder, father, and husband to
cancer. We had many questions asked about our company. Many
people were concerned if we would continue the business of our
founder. We told all of our customers, Yes we are going to continue to
In late 1996 Benton Trophy & Awards had become a corporation, and changed
its name to Benton Trophy & Awards, Inc. and is now owned by Bob's wife, and 3 sons. A lot has changed since
his death in 1996, but one thing has not, we will continue to serve
our previous customers and future customers in the fashion we always
have with the best possible customer service in the industry.
In August of 1998 we
celebrated our 25th Anniversary at our site in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
with area radio stations helping in the celebration.
In January 2002 we were highlighted as a retailer in the ARA
Recognition Review, which is a monthly trade magazine put out by our
international trade association. The trade magazine is distributed
throughout the world.
February 2004 we were chosen by KSTP-TV (Channel 5) in the Twin-Cities
to have our store used as a backdrop for a show called "On the Road
with Jason Davis". They had taped for a segment that aired in
March 2004 featuring some of their winners of a contest they had throughout the Midwest. We were honored to be chosen as the
awards shop for the taping of their episode. Everything was filmed in
our showroom and there is some mention of our company as well as a few
employees (Ron & Craig).
Through the years
we have invested in many new and revolutionary engraving and
imprinting systems. Today we have a total of 10 state of the art
machines that can engrave or imprint your awards or gift related
needs. We are continually updating our production processes/machines
to better our company and most importantly to help you, our clients
with the best level of service and products we can offer.
February 2007 we moved to our brand new location, due to a bridge project
that ultimately took out our current location as well as about 15
other businesses and residences.
From what had been known
as a bowling trophy outlet years ago, we have grown to be one of the
most respected and dedicated trophy and awards dealers in Minnesota and throughout
the Midwest. We have well over 100 years of combined experience in the
awards, engraving, sublimation, signage and promotional product
Our customers keep coming back for two reasons, our
customer service and knowledge of the industry We appreciate all
the businesses, clubs and individuals who have made our progress
possible all these years! We look forward to future business with you
from our current and our exciting new location, and wish you the best of luck in the future.
taking a journey through our company,
Benton Trophy & Awards, Inc.