It was an amazing quest, but I am sure that I finally found out what
became of John Roberts.
Based on what the Researcher journalist-ga said about the location of
the company, I did some extensive research, using quite a number of
detours with encountering some dead ends. Current business directories
do not list "John Roberts Manufacturing Co." anymore, but when I did a
Google search utilizing the following search terms:
"class ring manufacturing" oklahoma:
I found out that there still is a class ring manufacturer in Norman,
Oklahoma, as listed on this site of the business directory GY.com:
Jewelry Stores Oklahoma 405 Area Code Business Listing
It's "Balfour L.G. College Class Rings", and som additional research
for this company revealed that they seem to be the leading
manufacturer of class rings in the USA today. The company is resident
in Braintree, MA, but they have several production plants all over the
land. I asked myself, what are the odds that a community like Norman,
OK, has by mere coincidence two companies specialized in exactly this
kind of product? Is it possible that Balfour took over John Roberts at
some time in the past? This brought me to searching for the following
balfour "john roberts":
The very first result of thi search was a page with manufacturer
identification helps for class ring owners:
Milestone Traditions - Company Trademarks
The identification "JR or RJ = John Roberts = Artcarved =
Commemorative Brands" shows that the company John Roberts was renamed
to or taken over by Artcarved and then Commemorative Brands.
Further searching on the Milestone Tradition site revealed the address
of Artcarved, which is obviously identical with Balfour:
P.O. Box 170956
Austin, TX 78745
Searching for "Commemorative Brands" led to a similar result. The
company's website shows the brands of Balfour and Artcarved - so they
are all one single enterprise!
Welcome to Commemorative Brands, Inc.
So if you would like to get your class ring repaired, you should
inquire at the successor company of the original manufacturer. In
Norman, where John Roberts Mfg. Co. was located, their address is:
Balfour LG College Class Rings
319 W Boyd St
Norman, OK 73069
If they can't help you, you should try:
Commemorative Brands/Balfour Inc.
7211 Circle S. Road
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: (512) 416-3840
Hope this helps!