Sonnhalter and Osborn Honored with Silver Davey Awards

by | Jan 29, 2013

Cleveland-area agency earns awards for integrated marketing campaign and market-focused product guides.

BEREA, Ohio – January 2013 – Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, received two Silver Davey Awards in the integrated campaign: business-to-business and print collateral categories.

The Davey Awards honor the finest creative work from small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. The Davey Awards are named after King David who defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock. The story resembles what small firms do each year by deriving strength from big ideas instead of big budgets.

Sonnhalter developed market-focused product guides for its client, Osborn, who is the world’s leading supplier of surface treatment solutions and high-quality finishing tools. The product guides help Osborn’s customers in the motor-driven vehicles, primary metals and welding markets navigate the best products for their applications.

“We recently started working with Sonnhalter and they stepped in as a key part of our team, producing quality material for us, including these product guides,” said Jeff Naymik, marketing manager at Osborn.

Sonnhalter also earned a silver Davey award for its 2012 self-promotion campaign. The integrated campaign focused on reinforcing the agency’s brand identity and increasing its visibility in the market. Focusing on the question, “Is your current agency dirty?” the campaign communicated the agency’s B2T, business-to-tradesmen, marketing niche as well as how Sonnhalter’s team isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty by digging into, and understanding, their clients’ industries.

“At Sonnhalter, we’re proud of how well we know our clients’ industries and can dig into their work,” said Matt Sonnhalter, vision architect at Sonnhalter. “These two awards are encouragement to keep doing what we’re doing.”

About Sonnhalter

Established in 1976, Sonnhalter is the leading B2T marketing communications firm to companies that target professional tradesmen in construction, industrial and MRO markets. Sonnhalter’s brand identity highlights its expertise in marketing to the professional tradesmen. Its tagline, “Not Afraid To Get Our Hands Dirty,” promotes the employees’ willingness to roll up their sleeves and dig deep into clients’ businesses, also, it refers to the market it targets: the tradesmen who work with – and dirty – their hands every day. Sonnhalter developed the acronym “B2T,” which stands for “business-to-tradesmen” to capture the essence of its specialty. In 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, Sonnhalter was named one of BtoB Magazine’s Top Agencies. For more information, visit the company website at or visit the company blog at

About The Davey Awards

The Davey Awards honor the “Davids” of creativity, the smaller agencies, companies, or organizations with annual billings or revenues below certain levels. Each year, The Davey Awards honor winners who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets.

The Davey Awards are judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only organization consisting of top-tier media, advertising, and marketing professionals from the world’s leading organizations and firms. For more information about the Davey Awards, visit

About Osborn

Osborn is the world’s leading supplier of surface treatment solutions and high-quality finishing tools for hundreds of industrial and commercial applications such as metal finishing, honing and surface polishing. Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, Osborn now includes operations in 15 countries and serves customers in more than 100 countries. A unit of Jason Inc., Osborn carries more than 10,000 standard products and more than 100,000 customized solutions to serve a diverse of group customers and industries. For more information, visit


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