To glorify God . . .
honest and just relationships with
striving to operate
Trimble and family
When I was 21 years old, I made the most important decision
of my life: I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior
SAVIOR, Jesus meets every human need. He forgives all sin
and promises eternal life to all who call upon His Name. Knowing
Him brings peace, freedom and joy!
LORD, Jesus desires excellence in all areas of life. My actions,
words, and even thoughts are exposed to His scrutiny. He wants
me to be a living illustration of His love to every person
Since I relate to a larger number of people in business than
in all other areas of my life combined, my performance at
work is vitally important. Integrity, honesty, and servanthood
are not optional. Although I often fail, the call to ‘press
on toward the goal’ is clear.
So why should you do business with the A. G. Trimble Co.?
WHAT we know is important. Three generations of Trimbles have
been meeting the needs of our clients since 1913. But it’s
WHO we know that makes us different. Jesus’ example
and character guides us to true success in business and in
Rick Trimble, Owner
Certified Advertising Specialist
The A. G. Trimble Co. offers a wide range of imprinted promotional
products, and can also fulfill your flag, flagpole, and banner
needs. Exceptional service and attention to our customers’
needs have allowed us to continue to flourish over a long
period of time. But the story of our business is really
the story of our family...
Garfield Trimble was born in Scottdale, PA on November 2,
1880, election day of that year. The Republican ticket of
James Garfield was elected President and Chester Arthur Vice-President
of the United States. A. G.’s father wanted to name
him Garfield Arthur but his mother didn’t quite like
the “ring” of that combination. The actual name
decided on was Arthur Garfield Trimble.
G. quit school in the sixth grade and did clerical work for
a number of industries in Fayette and Westmoreland counties
until 1913 when he came to Pittsburgh. With just $20 in capital,
he started in business in the Jenkins Arcade imprinting wood
case pencils until discovering that pencils could be produced
for a third of the cost in the South. As a result, the company
switched directions to become a middleman between local customers
and out-of-state manufacturers.
G. entered political advertising in 1920 when Harding and Coolidge
opposed Cox and Roosevelt. He designed and sold Harding-Coolidge
buttons and profited handsomely while ignoring the Cox-Roosevelt
ticket. A. G. had never voted for a Democrat and was unsure
of the idea of promoting the candidacy of one.
“Button Baron”, as he was known, had several other
notable accomplishments. He originated the Kiwanis Club International
emblem which is still used today. He also was the recipient
of the Carnegie Hero medal for saving a man from drowning
in a flood. With the $500 prize he married and established
C. Trimble joined his father’s business in 1946.
A graduate of Carnegie Tech (now known as Carnegie
Mellon) in chemical engineering, Rich had contracted
benzene poisoning while working on a secret resin
for the war effort. He became ill in October of 1944
and was forced to undergo therapy for a full year.
After regaining health, he began his new career.
Rich immediately gravitated to the political button
business and took charge of the mail order efforts
which by that time extended nationwide. In 1948 he
finally convinced his father that if Democratic buttons
were to be sold, they might as well be sold by the
Trimbles. A. G. grudgingly agreed to market a Truman
was also in 1948 that the high point in the political
button business occurred. A Pittsburgh newspaperman
decided four years too early to support Dwight David
Eisenhower for President. He came to
A. G. to order buttons but couldn’t think of
it,” he said, “I can’t come up with a slogan,
but I sure do like Ike.” Answered
A. G., “That’s your slogan.” Rich proceeded
to design the very first “ I LIKE IKE” button
which turned out to be the most popular political button in
1952, although Senator Robert Taft from Ohio sought the Republican
nomination, Ike was drafted at the convention and subsequently
elected President. Ironically, Taft purchased so many buttons
that Rich was able to use the profits to marry and build a
member of the family joined the business in 1968. Doris S.
Trimble, Rich’s wife and a Chatham College graduate,
took charge of the political button mail-order requests. As
her knowledge of overall operations grew, she shifted her
responsibilities to become full-time office manager.
became sole owner in 1972, when A. G. retired at the age of
92. Political buttons remained a substantial part of the business
until 1976. Because of campaign contribution limits, candidates
these days seem to put more emphasis on television and radio
continued to develop the specialty advertising portion of
the business which had always been the company’s bread
and butter. Included in those years was the sale of 650,000
Sheaffer pens to a prominent Pittsburgh corporation, still
the A. G. Trimble Co.’s largest order ever.
1982, Richard W. Trimble, Rich’s son, graduated from
Drexel University and became the third generation to come
aboard. At the age of 23, Rick already had 18 years experience
with the firm-selling at political conventions from age 5-12,
stockboy from age 13-18, college intern from age 19-22. Although
not originally intending to make a career of it, the creative
challenges and immediate decision-making responsibilities
proved too strong an attraction.
changes occurred for the family and the company. On January
10, 1983, A. G. Trimble died at the age of 102. Ever alert,
he had projects and slogans in mind up until the day of his
death. Also in 1983, the company was forced to move due to
the closing of the Jenkins Arcade. After 70 years at the same
address, the business relocated three blocks away to the Clark
decade of the 1980’s was one of continued growth. In
addition to promotional products, a new facet of the business
developed and grew. Doris shifted her attention to the area
of flags and banners which previously had not been heavily
emphasized. Doris has now broadened services to include sales
and installation of flagpoles, design and production of custom
banners, and a large inventory of U. S. and other popular
flags to meet any rush service requests.
1988, Rick became sole owner with Rich still working full
time and contributing his 40 plus years of experience to future
challenges. That same year, Rick earned the designation of
Certified Advertising Specialist after fulfilling a number
of continuing education requirements.
M. Trimble, Rick’s sister, joined the family’s
efforts in 1989. With a Masters Degree and over 10 years experience
in the business world, Sandy has made a significant impact
with clients and enhances the company’s image as honest,
hardworking, and creative. Her lifelong familiarity with the
business made for a quick and comfortable transition to her
new field. Sandy also pursued and attained the distinction
of Certified Advertising Specialist.
1994, the company’s second move took them out of downtown
Pittsburgh for the first time in 81 years. A subsequent move
in 2002 brought the company to their present location two
miles south of the Golden Triangle in a private office building
in Mt Lebanon.
family has worked hard and cared deeply throughout our many
years in business.
show that under 30% of family businesses survive to the third
generation. We have done much more than merely survive and
for that we are thankful.
we eagerly anticipate the future, our thoughts can best be
expressed as follows:
“...but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward
the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ