Herff Jones is an American company that manufactures and sells educational recognition and achievement products and motivational materials, and has been in continuous operation since 1920. Herff Jones maintains production facilities across the United States as well as in Canada, and has a network of over 700 independent sales representatives.
The company and its subsidiaries have also been involved in top-level college football and professional sports, having manufactured the Heisman Trophy, and championship rings for the Indianapolis 500, the 2007 Indianapolis Colts, and the San Antonio Spurs among others.
Harry J. Herff and Randall H. Jones founded Herff Jones in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 6, 1920. The company manufactured insignia jewelry and class rings.
1974: Herff Jones was bought by Carnation Company, itself a unit of Nestle.
1979: Acquired the Collegiate Cap & Gown Company, established at 100 N. Market St., Champaign, Ill. in 1926, specializing in formal caps, formal gowns, robes, frames, tassels, judicial robes, clergy robes, choir robes, cassocks, surplices, albs, communion robes, and choir accessories.
1980: Acquired Dieges & Clust
1985: A company owned by A.J. Hackl, then president of Herff Jones bought the company from Carnation.
1989: established an employee stock ownership plan, becoming a 100% employee-owned company by 1995.
2011: sold the Photography Division to Lifetouch.