Joan's Trophy and Plaque Company's showroom features a complete
assortment of the finest awards and specialty recognition items.
Hundreds of hardwood, crystal, acrylic, and brass pieces are on display.
The look of your plaque or dimensional award is created here in our typesetting department.
Once the award has been designed to your specifications, the piece is
custom manufactured in our on-site production facility. Metal plates
are precision cut in one of our many citation engravers, and other
products are etched, screen-printed, or hand assembled by our staff of
skilled trades people trained to produce the finest quality awards
We keep an extensive amount of inventory on hand for quick turnarounds.
Joan's Trophy & Plaque Co. originated in the residence of Don
Whitesall in Peoria, Illinois in 1970. The business then moved in 1972
to 2108 N. Prospect. When Don Whitesall passed away in 1973, his wife
Joan (company's namesake) continued operation until 1975 when she sold
Diana and Don Gustin purchased the small business, with its good name
and reputation, in June of 1977. Four full time people (including the
owners) were employed at that time. The business has been on a continual
rise since 1977 and presently employs 21 people. Joan's Trophy &
Plaque Co. incorporated in 1983 and moved from its first location of
3000 sq. ft. on Prospect to 6500 square feet at 414 N.E. Jefferson
(downtown Peoria) in 1985.
Joan's Trophy & Plaque Co. has grown from a small "trophy shop"
to a multi faceted corporation retailing all types of awards - both
local and world wide. Quality, speedy service, good management and
excellent employees have been the key to the continued growth of this
Advertising specialty items were added to the corporate line of
products in 1987. An additional building at 310 Bryan St., Peoria, was
added to house the new Laser Engraving Department in 1991. This location
was remodeled in time for the new Industrial & Computer Engraving
Department in 1993.
|The most recent move was made in February 1997 to 508 N.E. Jefferson
(one block from former location). The move gave the company a total of
25,000 sq. ft. of production, storage and showroom space.
Publishing 7 full color catalogs throughout the years has been
Joan's main marketing and advertising tool. No mass
mailings are made. Distribution is selective.
Joan's Trophy & Plaque Co. meets their customers' needs by
keeping educated and up-to-date with the ever-changing awards industry.
Employees are sent to seminars for management and self improvement.
Diana and Don Gustin were honored by the Awards and Recognition
Association as two of the first dealers in the nation to have achieved
the title of "Certified Recognition Master" (completing 170 hours of
education in their field). The company is also a member of Award
Associates of America, a buyers group of large select award companies
throughout the country.