Century Manufacturing began in 1958 by a teenager making coin holders in his grandfather’s basement from scrap acrylic bought from an aircraft surplus warehouse. He sold these coin holders to local coin shops and soon made more money than his high school peers and many of his teachers. After graduation he began making items such as clocks and paperweights and by 1972, had invested in raw acrylic and the equipment needed to embed coins into various shapes. Immediately, requests for customizations and imprints came in, which moved the company from retail gifts into advertising specialty items.
Century expanded during the 80’s and 90’s with the growing demand for awards, adding additional capabilities and employees. The early 2000’s were rough times, but we weathered the financial difficulties that tore through the entire nation.
Century Manufacturing’s main focus now is custom Lucite embedments, tombstone awards, and other corporate and custom awards. We also manufacture acrylic POP displays, plaques and signage as well as wooden awards and bases. All parts are made-to-order at our manufacturing facility in the central US.
Century Manufacturing remains a family owned business, with all manufacturing operations in the USA. All our products are made-to-order, so there are no out of stock issues and we have some of the fastest turn-around times in the industry. Since all our awards are from our facility in the Midwest, we're centrally located for no greater than 3-4 day ground shipments to anywhere in the US. We strive to make the even the most demanding schedules work without rush charges whenever possible. Customer service is our main focus, and we continually receive A+ ratings through ESP and SAGE.