Herff Jones

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Herff Jones Company of Indiana, Inc.
Employee ownership
Industry School services
Founded January 6, 1920
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana
Key people
Harry J. Herff - founder,
Randall H. Jones - founder,
Joe Slaughter - president and CEO
Products Caps & gowns, choir robes, diplomas, announcements, school rings, yearbooks, photography, and maps and globes.
Number of employees
3000 employees and 700 sales representatives
Website Herff Jones official site

Herff Jones Company manufactures and sells educational recognition and achievement products and motivational materials, and has been in continuous operation for 90 years. Herff Jones maintains production facilities across the United States as well as in Canada.


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.[1]

In 1973, they were bought by Carnation Company and operated as a division of that company for 11 years.[1]

In 1985 Herff Jones bought their assets and liabilities from the Carnation Company and became an independent company.[1]

In 1989 they established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), becoming an entirely employee owned company.[2]

In 2011, they sold their photography division to Lifetouch

On July 29, 2011, Herff Jones completed an acquisition of Varsity Brands.[3]

Of note[edit]

  • Since 1983, Herff Jones has produced the Indianapolis 500 winner’s ring.[5]
  • In July 2007, Herff Jones was chosen by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay to produce the Super Bowl rings for Super Bowl XLI.[6]
  • Starting with the 2008–2009 school year, Herff Jones, working with Adobe and other tools, released a completely online solution to yearbook production – eDesign. The software allows users to upload and organize their photo libraries in addition to designing page layouts.[7][8][9]
  • In July 2009, Herff Jones introduced a new line of ClassKeeper graduation gowns produced from Renew Fabric, that are made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles.[10]