We have a passion for making great looking buttons.
ButtonStar has been working since 1984 in an effort to provide the best looking, highest quality
custom buttons. We keep the ordering process as simple and inexpensive as possible. We back up
this website with fast and courteous Midwest attitudes and STAR customer service.
Our Story -
ButtonStar started in 1984 as a desire of a father to get buttons for his daughter's youth basketball team. After failing to find a supplier, he started making them himself. He made personalized buttons for his daughter's team, but when others saw them, they wanted them also. Soon local high schools, colleges and businesses started asking for his buttons.
This father, Jerry Diekmann, and his daughters Rachel and Renae, made buttons part-time as Jerry worked a full-time job and the girls went to school. As the girls got into high school the business steadily grew as they used their small business to travel to basketball tournaments and sports events around the U.S. during the summer months and sold to local high schools and businesses throughout the year.
As the girls started going off to college, Jerry welcomed the help of his nephew Derick. Derick wasn't a button-maker, but a young genius at making websites. Derick and Jerry spent many months putting together the first ButtonStar website. When it went live, they immediately advertised it on Google and started receiving orders. As ButtonStar got more and more new and repeat customers, they became overwhelmed. Even with over 20 local students and part-time working mothers from the neighborhood, they could not keep up with the orders and often had to take their internet advertising down to keep from being overwhelmed.
Today, ButtonStar has grown into a high tech business using the latest in graphic arts software for design; Konica Minolta, and Xerox high resolutions color laser printers for color; Epilog laser and semi-automatic cutting equipment for cutting designs to size, and Tecre semi-automatic button making machines for assembling 1,000's of buttons per hour.
And now, over 50 million+ buttons later, Jerry still has a passion for a great looking button. Rachel graduated college and married Jason into the button making family. Renae has moved from production to customer service, and married Andy into the button business as well. The production staff is still on a roll, making 50,000 to 100,000 buttons per week. Customers include major political parties and campaigns, major league sports, local to international government agencies, U.S. and international fundraisers, 1,000's of national and international companies, retail businesses, and restaurants. And yes, ButtonStar is still growing as they still often take their advertising down to complete very large orders of 250,000, or 500,000+ buttons. ButtonStar may have gotten a lot bigger, but Jerry, Rachel, Renae or Jason will still answer the phone when you call.
We don't think there is anything better than working with family. It has been said, that family run businesses "have a longer-term view of investment, they're more stable, and inspire more trust and commitment in their employees." -Business Insider