News and Noteworthy
February 16, 2015
The Power of Bells
Check out the inspiring story and insights about the bells at The Madonna della Strada Chapel at Loyola University Chicago. In November 2014, four bells and bell ringing equipment were installed by Verdin in the chapel, completing the vision of James Mertz, S.J., who led the effort to build the chapel in the 1930s.
All four Loyola bells were cast and tuned together to ensure that their sound is in harmony with each other. The sound of the cast bronze bells makes people stop in their tracks as they walk across campus.
View now » Bells at The Madonna della Strada Chapel
Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014
A Tribute to Our Veterans
Verdin partners with cities and municipalities, organizations, and veterans across our nation to say thank you to America’s veterans, to salute their service, honor their sacrifice, and promise that their dedication to our country will never be forgotten.
We are eternally grateful for your service and your selfless sacrifice. You inspire us every day. “Thank You!”
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March 5, 2014
The story of a bell named BIG JOE...
February 22, 2014
Verdin half-size replica of the Liberty Bell is dedicated at the Museum of History in Granite.
Verdin cast a 250-pound, half-scale Liberty Bell in November for the granite "History of the United States of America" monument at the Museum of History in Granite in Felicity, California. The monument was dedicated and bell rung for the first time today. Felicity is an unincorporated community in Felicity, California (Imperial County), referred to as the "Center of the World".
February 17, 2014
Historic 37-bell carillon at Eastern Kentucky University is being restored by Verdin.
Installed by Verdin in 1971, the Eastern Kentucky University carillon fell into disrepair in recent years. A restoration project by EKU and Verdin is now under way and expected to be completed this spring.
Learn more » bell carillon restoration
February 7, 2014
Verdin is leading the initiative to get bells ringing around the world to celebrate the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
The Verdin Company invites Catholic churches around the world to ring their church bells on April 27th to celebrate the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
“The sound of bells ringing out across the country to mark this historic day will be a memorable celebration for your parish and community.”
— Jim Verdin, president of The Verdin Company.
February 6, 2014
Add hundreds of bell peals, tolls and music with a digital carillon.
The Supreme Carillon is the simplest way to create the warm, rich, tones of genuine bells. Adding a Verdin digital carillon to your church will enable you to compose and select beautiful cast bronze bell music and sacred hymns. Choose from three digital carillon systems; whatever bell sounds you choose can be easily scheduled in advance. In addition, the Supreme carillon will enable you to schedule the ringing of existing bells.
Learn more » music of bells
January 21, 2014
Bells ring again!
The bells of SS. Peter and Paul in Naperville, IL were shut down nearly 30 years ago due to structural problems in the tower. When these problems were corrected, the church had Verdin restore their two historic bells and had the Verdin bell foundry cast another bell to create a 3 bell peal. The largest bell (2,500 lbs.) is now the funeral toll, the nedium bell (1,000 lbs.) plays the Angelus, and all three ring together for joyous celebrations. Bishop Joseph Siegel is blessing the bells in the photo (right).
January 15, 2014
Bell tower at St. Mary of the Annunciation at night
Verdin designed, built and installed a new 40' bell tower, a focal point for St. Mary of the Annunciation, Mundelein, IL, sesquicentennial celebration. The tower features 3 new bells cast in Cincinnati by The Verdin Company, and the parish's own historic bell. The 147 year old bell once again swings before each Mass, calling parishioners to worship.
November 20, 2013
Casting of Replica Libert Bell
The sixth generation Verdin Company casting the half-scale (250 pound) Liberty Bell for the Museum of History in Granite. The bell will be first rung on Washington's Birthday 2014 by representatives of the Thirteen Original Colonies for the Dedication of the granite "History of the United States of America" monument at the Museum of History in Granite in Felicity, California.
August 22, 2013
New bell tower at St. Mary of the Annunciation
A new bell tower was installed at St. Mary of the Annunciation in Mundelein, IL. The 40-foot steel tower holds three new bells as well as a restored historic bell cast in 1867. The installation is part of the church's sesquicentennial celebration.
Read more » about 1867 bell rining in new era for church
April 17, 2013
"The Eyes of Texas"
The ringing bells from the University of Texas carillon tower are playing the sweet sound of “The Eyes of Texas” again after months of silence. The tower carillon had been out of commission since November to update and refurbish the instrument.
Verdin repaired worn areas and replaced an out-of-date transmission system connecting the bells to the keyboard. Verdin installed the second half of the carillon in 1988. Verdin said the largest bells installed in the 1930s caused safety concerns using the original support hardware.
Read more » about tower carillon bells restoration at UT
Read more » UT tower rings again
March 11, 2013
Verdin throughout the world: God’s Architect on 60 Minutes
A great story! Check out this 60 Minutes feature on God’s Architect. The church is La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain. The bells you hear coming from the tower are Verdin Bells!
Watch now »
February 8, 2013
Oakland University chooses Verdin to build 49-bell carillon
The Verdin Company is pleased to announce that Oakland University of Rochester, Michigan has given Verdin the contract to build the carillon at the new Elliott Carillon Tower.
The new 151-foot carillon bell tower is slated to be the centerpiece for the campus. The carillon bell tower is a gift to the university from Hugh and Nancy Elliott.
“A great team is assembled to build this world-class instrument, which includes the generous donors, architects, bell foundry, and enthusiasm of the University,” said Jim Verdin, Verdin president.
December 19, 2012
Verdin bells across U.S. to toll for Sandy Hook victims.
Verdin bell customers across the United States are encouraged to join together in the ringing of their bells at 9:30 a.m. Friday for each of the lives lost in Newtown, Conn.
Verdin has over 30,000 bell installations in churches, cities, towns, and on college campuses across the U.S.
The plan is for churches to ring their bells 26 times, once for each of the 20 children and six adults killed in the Dec. 14 assault.
In the news » bells to toll for Sandy hook victims
October 12, 2012
Thanks for ringing in the Year of Faith!
The Verdin Company led an initiative to ring in the Year of Faith. The October 11, 2012 bell ringing to mark the beginning of the Year of Faith was a great success.
Hundreds of Catholic churches and people across the United States joined together to ring in the first day of the Year of Faith.
October 2, 2012
Monumental Sculpture, Time Piece, at New El Monte Station
An iconic, large-scale sculpture by Donald Lipski is installed at Metro's new El Monte Station.
Lipski, an internationally renowned sculptor in the field of public art, created a monumental clock tower-with a twist. Entitled Time Piece, the artwork includes three double sided post clocks by Verdin. The clocks are suspended from a sweeping 30-foot tall stainless steel arch, using a web of thin stainless steel cables.
The functional sculpture echoes the grand clock towers historically found in transit systems, but is updated to contemporary times and the specific context of the new facility.(Courtesy of: The Source, Metro Los Angeles)
Post clocks gallery » across America
September 12, 2012
NEW: Introducing the Adagio Carillon™ by Verdin
The Adagio is the most amazing carillon yet. It’s the simplest way to create the warm, rich tones of bells in your church community. With The Adagio, you can schedule bells from your laptop/LAN and add whatever music choices you want.
September 7, 2012
#1 in digital carillons and bells
The tradition of bells inspires and brings people and communities together. Verdin is a sixth-generation family-owned business. We are proud of our heritage, and privileged to partner with 20,000 churches and cathedrals across the United States since 1842. Our cast bronze bells and digital carillon bells have provided liturgical bells and hymns for 170 years. Contact us to find out how you can bring the sound of church bells to your church and community.
Learn more » the warm, rich tones of bells
August 14, 2012
Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower built by Verdin
The Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower was built in the U.S.A. by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tower will be the 3rd National Memorial to U.S. Marines and will be dedicated during a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, Pensacola, FL, on Sunday, August 19th at 11:00am CST. The Memorial dedication will commemorate the 100 years of Marine Aviation and honors all Aviation Marines.
The Marine Aviation Memorial Bell is the heart of the Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower. The bronze bell was cast in Cincinnati in April, with the Verdin Bell Foundry on Wheels, the only mobile bell foundry in the world. The sound of a ringing bell meant that emergency flight crews had to rush to a helicopter and come to the aid of the fallen on the battlefield no matter the circumstance. The bell clapper for the Marine Aviation Memorial Bell included the wings of seven fallen Marines.
The Memorial Bell Tower’s final placement and ceremony on August 19 will be a great day for Marines and for the entire greater Pensacola Bay area community in welcoming the Marine Aviation Memorial Tower to the Park."
— Mr. John Pritchard, director of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation.
This National Memorial to Marine Aviation is spearheaded by the MCAA McCutcheon Squadron of North Carolina to honor those Marines that have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving. The Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower is funded by generous contributions from residents and community businesses in greater Pensacola Bay area.
I invite you to visit 'What's News at Verdin' on verdin.com throughout the next week for daily updates as we honor and pay tribute to Marine Aviators and the men and women that have served, are serving, and will serve our country in the future. And pass it on to family, friends, and people that can make a difference in honoring and helping our veterans and active military men and women.
August 14, 2012
Patriot Guard Riders special escort of Verdin Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower
There's a lot of excitement in Cincinnati and in Pensacola regarding this Memorial Bell Tower. A heartfelt thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders who are making what would be ‘just a delivery,’ a special time for our nation and communities to reflect on the sacrifices our men and women of the Armed Forces have given.
The Patriot Guard Riders is an organization of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the nation. The group has over 155,000 members, and is focused on recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of deceased soldiers and their loved ones.
The Patriot Guard Riders will ride motorcycles 13 hours and 750 miles with the Marine Aviation Memorial Tower as it makes its way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Pensacola, Florida over two days. The Ohio riders will be joined by Patriot Guard Riders in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. 200+ riders from 6 states are expected to escort the tower before it arrives in Pensacola.
The 30’ bell tower will be installed on Friday, August 17, and will be dedicated on Sunday, August 19. The tower will promptly leave from The Verdin Company manufacturing facility at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 15.
The Patriot Guard Riders have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.
May 29, 2012
When the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, needed their bells restored at the Cadet Chapel, they came to Verdin.
The bells returned to West Point after a full restoration by Verdin. The 12 bells are Meneely-Troy cast in 1918-1919. Verdin cleaned and tuned the bells, fabricated all new bell hardware equipment, and constructed new bell framework. The chapel’s oak keyboard was also restored.
Verdin is America's only bell company that restores, upgrades, installs, and services all bells.
The American Bell Association publication, “The Bell Tower”, has published an article on the restoration of the bells of the Cadet Chapel at the US Military Academy, West Point.
Article on restoration » Read more
May 11, 2012
Bells chime again at St. Matthew in Cranston, RI
Take a look » inside the bell tower
The bells at St. Matthew Catholic Church will ring again thanks to the support of parish members. Residents near St. Matthew Catholic Church will hear the sound of bells for the first time in decades.
The Providence Journal reported that The Verdin Company installed a new Verdin digital carillon system in the bell tower. The parish's Portuguese community paid for the new Verdin Supreme carillon system.
They will sound for the first time after a Mass and procession in honor of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m. They will also chime before each Mass and at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. every day.
Watch video » bells ring again
Read more » about adding the sounds of bells
April 26, 2012
Marine Aviation Centennial Bell Casting Today
Getting ready for the Marine Aviation Centennial Tower Bell casting. Mayor of Cincinnati, Mark Mallory to welcome the Marines and families to Cincinnati and introduces the Mayor of Pensacola. The bell will leave for Pensacola, Florida this Saturday, where it will be installed in a Verdin tower and dedicated on August 20, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial Park.
Bell casting starts at 4:00 p.m. EST today using Verdin's world famous Bell Foundry on Wheels. More to come.
Read more » about their mission and tribute
April 11, 2012
Marine Bell Tower Story
"The sound of a ringing bell had special significance for Marine Lt. Col. William Rasgorshek while he served in Iraq..."
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April 3, 2012
Join Us For The Casting of the Marine Aviation Centennial Bell
The MCAA McCutcheon Squadron of North Carolina is erecting a memorial bell tower on the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the first Marine Aviator. The bell for the tower will be cast in Cincinnati at the Bell Event Centre (444 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) on April 26, at 4:00-4:45 p.m., using Verdin’s one-of-a-kind Bell Foundry on Wheels. The greater Cincinnati community, veterans, and local Marines are invited to attend the bell casting ceremony.
A Marine Warrior Night Memorial fundraising dinner for local citizens, veterans, and Marines will follow at 6:00 p.m. The dinner is to honor all those that have served in Marine Aviation for the past 100 years. Reservations are required in advance (www.HonorOurMarines.org or 1-855-464-6268). Proceeds from the dinner ($75 per person) benefit the Marine Aviation Memorial Tower. Businesses can sponsor a table for local veterans, Marines, and their families to attend.
Honor Our Marines » Read more
March 20, 2012
First Ever Live Web Streaming of a Bell Casting
Today, Verdin cast the bell for the 2012 World Choir Games. The casting was broadcast live via our web stream to viewers from all 58 participating countries. This was the first ever live global streaming of a bell casting — combining old-world craftsmanship with new-world technology.
Peace Bell Casting » Click here to read more
March 18, 2012
Verdin to Cast Peace Bell for World Choir Games
Watch the bell casting LIVE! Verdin will stream video on the web starting a few minutes before the bronze reaches 2,200 degrees. We expect the bronze to reach this temperature at about 2:50-3:00 p.m. EST. Verdin will be the first to stream a bell casting for an event where so many countries will participate.
This Tuesday, March 20th, Verdin will be casting the 1,000 lb. bell for the World Choir Games. The bell is one of the signature symbols of the “Olympics of choir music,” at the World Choir Games to be held in Cincinnati July 4-14. Hundreds of choirs of all ages and countries —Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and South America —will compete over 11 days. The bell will be rung at the cpening and closing ceremonies.
It’s the Olympics of choral music – the largest international choral competition in the world held every two years. Previous games have been in Austria, China, Germany and South Korea. This will be the 7th World Choir Games, and it’s being held in the United States for the first time July 4-14 in Cincinnati USA. The Games are the signature event of INTERKULTUR, Germany-based organization that produces choral events all over the world.
Verdin designed the 2012 World Choir Games Peace Bell featuring four signature landmarks in Greater Cincinnati. To create the mold, Verdin used a lost wax process. Verdin is recognized as the preeminent manufacturer and installer of bells, clocks, and towers.
Peace Bell Casting » Watch it here on March 20th
February 20, 2012
The Bells at Holy Cross-Immaculata
Church bells are the voice of a church. They call people to worship and remind them of the time of day. They become part of the fabric of a neighborhood and contribute to the charm and ambiance of that community.
Click here to watch » one church's journey to restore their bells.
Holy Cross-Immaculata still has her voice and now her bells ring on the quarter hour and toll the time on the hour. Musical selections, which are frequently changed, are played in the morning, noon, and evening
More » on restoring your bells
February 13, 2012
Historic Chime of Bells at The Cadet Chapel at The U.S. Military Academy at West Point to be restored by The Verdin Company.
Verdin removed the twelve bells from The Cadet Chapel at The United States Military Academy at West Point to undergo full restoration. The restoration project happens once every one hundred years to ensure the quality and safety of the bells.
The chime of bells are played by a special team of cadets. Their musical ministry is heard nearly every day the Academy is in session. The whole instrument was installed in 1919 with bells made by Meneely in Troy, New York. Photo courtesy Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs.
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January 16, 2012
When Madison Avenue looked for a business location to shoot a business banking ad, they chose The Verdin Company. If you're looking for a timeless clock or carillon of bells, call Verdin. They have been succeeding for 170 years--making the best clocks and bell instruments in America. If you're looking for a successful business bank, enjoy the commercial!
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January 12, 2012
Celebrating 170 Years!
The Verdin Company is celebrating its 170th year in business in 2012 — a milestone few companies ever reach.
When two French immigrant brothers, Francois de Sales and Michel Verdin came to the Cincinnati area from Alsace, France in 1837, they were determined to use their iron forging skills to build clocks in America.
The two brothers immediately established a tower clock business in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, where their first documented installation was a clock at Old St. Mary's Church in 1842.
Six generations of Verdin’s and 170 years later, The Verdin Company has grown from that modest beginning to become the industry leader in bells, bell equipment restoration, carillons, and clocks.
One of the nation’s oldest family-owned manufacturers, Verdin is known for innovation — from the electric winder of clocks in 1910 to the first electric bell ringer in 1927, to the largest swinging cast bell in America to the only traveling bell foundry in the world. With a national sales force, a dedicated team of service professionals, and international recognition for craftsmanship, Verdin has over 50,000 installations in churches, universities, municipalities and businesses across the country.
“This is a very exciting year for The Verdin Company as we reflect on our extensive history, product innovations, and remember the pioneers who came before us and laid the foundation for our company,” said Jim Verdin, president, The Verdin Company.
“There have been challenges in our history, we met them. When markets changed, we changed with them. When creative, innovative solutions were required, we developed them. When clock and bell businesses closed, we have remained strong to continue to service our customers. We are looking forward to another 170 years of delivering the best products and services to our customers.”
Learn more » about Verdin’s company history
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December 6, 2011
The Bells of Christmas
Enjoy the sounds of the season this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
December 2, 2011
Dublin, GA, kicks off Bicentennial Celebration and Helps Cast Bell
The city of Dublin, GA, turns 200 on December 8, 2012, and will have celebrations throughout year to mark the big day.
The entire community is kicking off the Bicentennial year by casting a new bronze bell. High schoolers took part in an “ingot brigade,” loading 500 pounds of bronze ingots into the 2200-degree furnace. The bell was poured using Verdin's one-of-a-kind “Bell Foundry on Wheels,” a special on-site casting event. The Verdin mobile foundry is the only one in the world.
Today the community will watch as the bell mold is broken by community leaders, local dignitaries, and guests, using a large sledgehammer to expose the customized bronze bell. The unveiling and dedication of the polished bronze bell will be later today. The Dublin bell casting is Verdin's 106th bell casting using the Bell Foundry On Wheels.
Dublin is also the home of a Verdin 4MST post clock. The post clock is featured in their Bicentennial logo design and a popular gathering place for the community.
November 16, 2011
Park Designated Top 10 Great Public Spaces in America
The American Planning Association announced the designation of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.
The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is an outdoor recreation area in the heart of Nashville. The park was created to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Tennessee statehood, and turned a swampy area in the shadow of the state Capitol into a popular park where people enjoy the outdoors, experience Tennessee history, and enjoy festivals and special events throughout the year.
95-Bell Carillon Honors Tennessee's Musical Heritage
At the north end of the park there are 50 columns, each of which has bells inside. There are 95 bells in all, each of them representing the citizens of Tennessee's 95 counties and honoring Tennessee's musical heritage. A 96th bell, known as the answer bell, is located on the grounds of the State Capitol and rings in answer to the 95 bells, symbolizing government answering to the people. The bell carillon is one of the largest in the world and was created by The Verdin Company. The bells play Tennessee-themed songs at the top of the hour.
The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities.
A 360° view » Bicentennial Capitol Mall Carillon
November 15, 2011
Verdin Clocks Stand Test of Time; Featured in Washington Post
Karl and Carrol Kindel bought a Verdin post clock as a gift for their Capitol Hill neighborhood, installing it on Barracks Row. The couple, who have lived on the Hill for 40 years, say the clock reinforces a sense of neighborhood.
“It’s a throwback to when people lived in smaller towns and there was a clock on the High Street,” Karl says.
The couple embrace the nostalgia the clock symbolizes, and say it has carry-over effects.
The nostalgia of a public clock is good for the community. A clock is very much like a building. There’s a constancy to it. Businesses come and go and things change, but this is something that anchors the neighborhood."
— Carrol Kindel, Clock Donor and Barracks Row Resident
"The nostalgia of a public clock is good for the community. A clock is very much like a building. There’s a constancy to it. Businesses come and go and things change, but this is something that anchors the neighborhood,” says Carrol Kindel.
(Source: Washington Post, 11-3-11)
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November 11, 2011
A Spectacular Tribute for 11-11-11
This photo captures the spectacular night casting of a bronze Verdin bell for the Veterans Tribute Tower in Williamsburg, VA. The Veterans Tribute Tower bell was cast and dedicated during Veterans community festivities November 9-11 by Verdin’s Bell Foundry On Wheels, the only traveling bell foundry in the world. The Williamsburg bell casting is Verdin's 105th bell casting using the Bell Foundry On Wheels. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Mihalcoe.)
Read » Bell Foundry On Wheels
November 11, 2011
A Tribute to Our Veterans:
New Town Dedicates Veterans Tribute Tower
To honor the service of military veterans, a Veterans Tribute Tower was installed in New Town, VA (near Williamsburg, VA). Built by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, the tower, which is 30 feet tall, was dedicated today at Sullivan Square. The bell and clock tower will serve as a permanent landmark to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for this country. The Verdin tower is the nation’s fifth Veterans Tribute Tower and the first Veterans Tribute Tower in the state of Virginia.
The Veterans Tribute Tower bell was cast and dedicated during Veterans community festivities November 9-11 by Verdin’s Bell Foundry on Wheels, the only traveling bell foundry in the world. (Photo: Local Patriot Guard Riders participate in the Veterans tribute festivities.)
Read more » Williamsburg Veterans Day 2011
Learn more » Virginia Veterans Tribute Tower
October 31, 2011
Veterans Tribute Tower Leaves for Williamsburg, VA
The Verdin Company is sending-off the nation’s fifth Veterans Tribute Tower to honor the men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Verdin tower is the first Veterans Tribute Tower in the state of Virginia. The Tower, which was built at Verdin’s manufacturing facility by Greater Cincinnati craftsman, will be transported to Williamsburg, VA. Verdin created the Veterans Tribute Towers as a lasting tribute to honor past American veterans, salute present day veterans, and inspire all future veterans.
“The dedication of the Veteran Tribute Tower will establish a permanent landmark for our country’s veterans. It will be a destination point for veterans and visitors to Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle, providing a majestic and moving setting to reflect and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much in making this country the great one that we enjoy,” said Harry N. Walters, President, Veterans Coalition Inc. and champion for the Veterans Tribute Tower in Williamsburg.
The Tower is 30’ high with four classic backlit clock dials and a custom cast 250 lb. 24” diameter bronze bell. The bronze bell will be cast by Verdin’s Bell Foundry on Wheels, the only traveling bell foundry in the world. The bell and Veterans Tribute Tower will be dedicated on November 10, 2011, in time for Veterans Day on 11/11/11.
“This is gratifying to know that we will have another permanent, lasting tribute to those that made and continue to make sacrifices for each and every one of us each day," said Jim Verdin, President, The Verdin Company. “It's also an opportunity to say 'thank you' to veterans in honor of their selfless service to our nation."
Funding for the Veterans Tribute Tower is made possible by donations from the Williamsburg community. For every tower built, Verdin donates a portion of the revenue to the Commission on the Future for America's Veterans.
Learn more » Veterans Tribute Towers
Learn more » Virginia Veterans Tribute Tower
October 10, 2011
Purple benches line the Purple People Bridge walkway in Cincinnati
The dead bamboo, yellow poles, and overhead strings of lights are gone - and the Cincinnati side of the Purple People Bridge is a lot more purple now.
Volunteers repainted poles and new planters. They planted daylilies, coneflower and hibiscus. Purple benches by the Verdin Company, each with its donor's name on a plaque, line the walkway. The new look – it was shepherded by Councilwoman Laure Quinlivan, who thought the bridge was too ugly to be an inviting gateway – was unveiled at a ceremony.
"It really is just about making the city more vibrant," Quinlivan said, "the kind of place you want to hang out."
Price tag: About $23,000. No public money was involved, though the city did give Quinlivan three linden trees and a garbage can - far less than the about $500,000 the city spent for the old 2005 design.
The L&N Bridge, as it is officially known, was built in 1872, and after a $4 million face-lift in 2003, was restricted to pedestrians and bicycles.(Source: The Enquirer, 9/29/11)
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September 29, 2011
I.T. Verdin is posthumously inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame
Junior Achievement and the Cincinnati Museum Center posthumously inducted I.T. Verdin into the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame.
I.T. was chosen for his business achievements, contributions to the quality of life in the community, and for being a pioneer in his industry.
Verdin, who was born in Cincinnati, took his family's successful clock-making and bell repair business to national prominence through his innovative breakthrough that brought automation to bell ringing. He died in 1936, and his sons would expand nationally, changing from a local Cincinnati company to one with a national sales force and international recognition — selling bells, carillons, and clocks to churches, universities, municipalities, non-profits, and businesses.
Read more » about I.T. Verdin
September 28, 2011
Our website has a new look
While we've refined the design with a fresh, crisp new look, we've also expanded the information on bells, clocks, and towers. The site also uses the latest web technology to improve your visit.
Now it’s easier to get the information and products you need:
Service and Support
The new site provides a dedicated, expanded section for service and support information, including answers to common frequently asked product questions, and a convenient process to request service or product manuals. The section also highlights Verdin's unparalleled service and dedicated service department that provides ongoing support —long after the installation.
Design A Post Clock and Design A Tower Clock
We've created a simple visual experience that invites you to step through a photo-driven clock design request process. Check it out – have fun – be creative!
Our new community page will feature installations (colleges, cities and towns, churches, etc.), recent installations, customer interviews, downloads, and more. This page will be updated often; so come back and read more about what we are doing and ideas on ways you can enhance your community.
In addition to our product slide shows, we created a photo gallery to feature our work. You can display photos by several categories. Verdin has over 50,000 installations world-wide! Have a great photo to add? Whether it’s a Verdin post clock on Main Street or a church bell tower ringing on a Sunday morning, send us your photos.
Canterbury by Verdin Site Furnishings
We now have a direct link to Verdin's Canterbury Site Furnishings. Check out our benches, bollards, trash receptacles, tree grates, and much more. Contact us to discuss your custom designs.
We invite you to explore some of the new features in detail...
Browse our new site and email us to let us know what you think. What other changes do you want to see? Your comments and suggestions are important to us and welcomed! And contact us to discuss your bell or clock requirements.
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September 21, 2011
New PBS NOVA two-hour special, "Making Stuff: The Elements" films bell casting at the Verdin Bell Foundry
NOVA "Making Stuff: The Elements” host and film crew recently made a stop at the Verdin Bell Foundry to shoot the making of a 500-pound, cast bronze bell, for a segment focusing on the element: bronze (tin and copper). "Making Stuff" is a four-part NOVA television series that highlights current advances in the field of materials science. Each NOVA episode focuses on a specific aspect of materials science research and application.
The NOVA television series is hosted by David Pogue, New York Times technology columnist and Emmy Award–winning CBS News correspondent. The show will feature bronze and is scheduled to air in February, 2012.
Verdin bronze bells are composed of pure copper and tin. Although the ratio of copper to tin is different depending on the size of the bell, most Verdin bells are approximately 80% copper and 20% tin. Only new metal is used in a Verdin bell casting. Verdin foundry is the largest bell foundry in America. Verdin is the preeminent manufacturer and installer of the world’s finest bells and bell ringing equipment, digital carillons, clocks, and towers.
View more » how a bell is made
September 15, 2011
Rotary Clubs revitalizing Marshall, MN community
The newly renovated Memorial Park in Marshall, MN, has increased the charm of a favorite gathering place. The first part of the revitalization project included a gateway arch and Rotary clock by Verdin. The gateway has become the entrance to Marshall’s downtown, a site for community events, and has set the standard for the city’s planned renovation projects. The renovation of the park was the “Centennial Project” for two local Rotary Clubs, the city, and the Marshall community.
View more » photo gallery
September 11, 2011
9/11 Memorial for First Resonders
More than 300 people turned out Saturday, September 11, 2011, for the dedication of the 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park in Nesconset, Long Island. It is the first memorial to honor first responders.
The ceremony featured the unveiling of a 60-foot black granite wall and post clock, honoring first responders and their sacrifice at Ground Zero 10 years ago. The names of about a thousand first responders who have died from illnesses linked to work at Ground Zero will be etched in the granite.
At the center of the wall, is the park’s 16-foot high post clock by The Verdin Company. It was donated by WPIX-TV through the fund-raising arm of the station.
September 9, 2011
Bells to ring across America in remembrance of 9/11
Church bells across America will ring on Sunday, Sept. 11, at various times throughout the day, to mark the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. The bells will ring in honor and remembrance of all those killed or injured in the attacks and devastated by the loss of a loved one on that day.
Many churches, and cities and towns across the country, are ringing their Verdin bells and digital carillons on Sunday. Verdin encourages its over 50,000 bell customers to join the national remembrance to honor and remember our heroes.
VERDIN 9/11 MOMENT OF REMEMBERANCE
The Verdin Company will toll bells at its headquarters in Cincinnati for 5 minutes at 8:46 a.m. on Sunday, –the precise moment Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
September 1, 2011
By Lauren Bishop at Enquirer.com
Verdin to Create Peace Bell for World Choir Games
The Cincinnati-based Verdin Co. has been chosen to design and manufacture a peace bell for the 2012 World Choir Games, which will be July 4-14 in Cincinnati.
The peace bell is one of the signature symbols of the international choral competition, which will bring 20,000 participants from more than 70 countries here next year. Developed by Interkultur, the Germany-based founder of the World Choir Games, the first peace bell debuted at the first World Choir Games in 2000 in Linz, Austria. It is rung at the opening and closing ceremonies of the games, calling for all participating countries to sing and celebrate together in peace.
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August 14, 2011
By Joel Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Courthouse Clock Back On Time
It took a licking, but it’s back to ticking. After more than a month, the west face of the Blount County Courthouse clock tower has been restored to working order.
On Friday, an employee of Cincinnati-based I.T. Verdin Co. replaced the mechanism that drives that face of the clock, which burned out back in June. It’s the second service call the company has made since it installed the original clockworks in the tower back in 1907. The first was in 1974.
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June 13, 2011
Verdin Carillon Completes World-Class Performing Arts Center
LAS VEGAS – The Smith Center for the Performing Arts welcomed the arrival of its 47 cast bronze carillon bells, which were placed into the 17-story tower this week.
"The Carillon tower will be a civic icon, a place for the community to celebrate and share in jubilation when we open in nine short months,” said Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center.
Martin added that the bell tower will make The Smith Center building a musical instrument thanks to these finely crafted musical bells.
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April 2, 2010
Getting Bells Ringing Again
MT. ADAMS, OH – Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams, Ohio, completed the restoration of their three cast bronze church bells that were in urgent need of repair. The 150 year old bell tower was silenced in 2008 because the equipment that houses and rings the bells had become dangerously fragile and in need of replacement.
“The church has played a major role in so many Catholic and non-Catholic lives in Greater Cincinnati. This is a wonderful occasion for our church and the community,” said the Rev. Martin Moran III, pastor of Holy Cross-Immaculata Church. “The bells and church history connect with so many people.”
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March 3, 2010
The Most Versatile Carillon...
The Verdin Supreme digital carillon features a comprehensive bell and music library, and keyboard to play the sound of beautiful cast bronze bells. The sound of 61 real cast bells provides five complete octaves or tones for full musical expression, and expandable up to 10,000 musical selections. Users can enjoy the true sound of Verdin real cast bronze bells and can also operate the ringing of their cast bells with optional hardware. The Supreme Carillon is truly the most versatile carillon...and only from Verdin.