With over 90 years in Southern California
Serving local, state, and national accounts

Karl Bathke, Pres. & CEO
Southern California Bronze Building

Our Story

Southern California Bronze is a division of Southern California Trophy, founded in 1927, and one of the largest awards and recognition firms in the Western United States. In the early 2000’s, SoCal Trophy was one of the largest suppliers of custom cast plaques, letters and metal graphics. So with promising sales growth of architectural metal graphics, Karl Bathke, president, and Tom Skidmore, VP and General Manager, moved to the internet. SoCal Bronze was “Online”, and rapidly became one of the first and most successful resellers in the industry. They were pioneers in selling Foundry cast architectural plaques, letters and graphics online, and continue to lead the industry to this day.

With over 35 years in the design, marketing, manufacturing and sales of architectural graphics, Al Sterling served SoCal Bronze for over 15 years as their W.US Manager, the corporate manager for Matthews Intl., Bronze Div., Architectural Products. Directly from the foundry level, Al joined SoCal Bronze to bring additional resources to grow the SoCal Bronze brand. SoCal continues to be one of the largest National Suppliers of cast, etched and cut metal plaques, letters and graphics. And we now offer many new processes and materials, which you can view on this website. Sterling Cast Bronze is “Technical Marketing and Sales” for SoCal Bronze. We are the only manufacturer and authorized reseller in the Western US with “In-House” Foundry Level Technical Expertise and Support. We continue to be the “Best Value Decision” for clients like you, because you’ll never pay more, probably less, and you will receive the highest quality products, always at our best price, and designed to meet and exceed your requirements.

Our Clients

CITIES, COUNTIES, STATE OFFICES… Los Angeles – County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation – Pasadena – Burbank – Pasadena Rose Bowl – Los Angeles Colusium Commission – Glendale – Lakewood – Victorville – Montebello City of San Joaquin – City of Montebello – San Francisco – LaCandada/Flintridge – Calabasas – Culver City – Hollywood – Merced

AGENCIES….. State of California Historical Markers Metropolitan Water District – Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

INSTITUTIONS… Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center – Institute of Genetic Medicine   Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – City of Hope – The Jeffrey Foundation – Hellenbeck Home – District Atty’s Offices County of Los Angeles and San Diego – Centex Homes   Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce – Flintridge Preparatory School – Marlborough School – Pilgrim School – U.S. Postal Service

EDUCATION… Pepperdine Univ.   California Polytechnic Univ. Pomona – University of Southern California USC – University of California Los Angeles UCLA – Occidental College – Univ. of CA Santa Cruz     Claremont Graduate University

MILITARY….. Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton – Ft. Hood Army Base – North County Veterans Association –  Extortion 17 Mem.  – CA Vets California


Latest projects

  • Sports Halls of Fame
    Sports Halls of Fame
  • Museums, Libraries and Public Venues
    Museums, Libraries and Public Venues
  • Military & Veterans
    Military & Veterans
  • Police, Fire & Public Safety
    Police, Fire & Public Safety