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History

We're not your typical "Trophy Shop"

Starting in 1985, we were just your typical small business start-up. Jeanne Brommer, President and owner, wanted a change from the corporate world. With all her savings (and money from her father), Jeanne left the corporate world to pursue a dream of having her own business. And so began B. Gunther & Company, a rubber stamp and small sign engraving business. Now I'm sure you're thinking, "Rubber stamps? Who in the world would want to start a business doing that?" Sure, it's nothing fancy but it was something she could call her own. And as it turns out, it was the smartest thing she ever did.

In 1988, the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce approached B. Gunther and asked about having a plaque made for an event. Not knowing anything about awards, Jeanne said "SURE! We can do that!" and the race was on to figure out how to do it.

As the award manufacturing part of the business began to take off the rubber stamp portion of the business was sold. Now, 30 years later, B. Gunther & Company has grown by leaps and bounds. Moving from their humble beginnings as a rubber stamp maker, we are now recognized as one of the leading companies in the Chicagoland area that manufactures and distributes all types of wonderfully designed awards, donor/recognition walls, interior signage & promotional products.

Recognition is a fundamental human need that everyone needs to survive and prosper. We learned early on that there is more to motivating and inspiring people than just money and reward trips. "Upon entering any corporate reception area or an individual's office, the first thing most of us see are the awards and recognition gifts that they have earned or received," says Michael Brommer, Vice President of B. Gunther & Company.

What makes us unique is that we do a lot of work "in-house" giving us the ability to turn things around quickly for our customers. For processes that are not done "in-house", we have forged partnerships with other vendors who share our passion for customer service and quality products.

We work with our clients to design an individual award item or an entire recognition program. We view awards and recognition products that we create as a legacy that is meant to live on and be a reminder of a job well done for years to come. Whether it is employees, customers, vendors or just one very special item that must convey a corporate culture or vision, we will work with you to find the right product to carry the message – or we will custom make it!

We may be small but we pack a mighty punch when it comes to recognition. Most of our employees have been with us for over 10 years. All that experience combined allows us to create a truly unique award or business gift.

Few people realize that we have created and installed many of the donor walls in various area hospitals, churches, nursing homes and other organizations. Several of the area hotels and many locals offices have been completely signed by B. Gunther & Company from individual nameplates, room numbers, directional signs to large dimensional logos in lobby entranceways.

If you have an idea or special project that you would like to create give us a call. We will work with you to come up with several ideas to fit your needs. We may use a standard product but work to distinguish it and the message from the rest of the pack.

Also remember, we will not do any order less than one!


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