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CS: What are the top business challenges for Hodges Badge for the rest of this year and into next year?
RH: Dealing with all the inflationary pressures in the marketplace. Continuing to deliver a quality product at a quality price. A small amount of what we get is coming out of China — some of our medals. That’s the extent of what’s coming from offshore. All of our ribbon is coming from U.S. suppliers; most of the metals are coming out of Providence, R.I.
That’s a market that has gotten better for us with the increase in the cost of fuel, because we now can compete more effectively with product that’s got such a long pipeline coming from China. But yeah, we face the same pressures everybody else is facing — our electricity rates just went up 21.7 percent. I don’t know what we’re going to see for bids when we look at next year’s printing costs. I’m sure they’re going to be up. Everybody wants a raise.