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  • A Truly Great Product Can Stand On It’s Own

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013 admin No comments

     

    In an effort between Polaris and CalCo, branding and functionality were successfully combined to create a dynamic product stand design that beats all others.

    On the surface the smooth design and polished look give an air of professionalism and expertise. The cut logo into smooth stainless panel unmistakably brands the display, while the colors and appearance compliment the Polaris look and feel.

    Under the hood, these stands are flexible and rugged. With 4 removable panels, inside storage is a plus in any show environment. The display mounted above can be removed and bolted inside the stand for safe transportation. The fact that the product can be easily removed speaks to the flexibility in design and the ability to use the stands for multiple products across a variety of events.

    The engine cutaway shown is one of many that were all on display at a Polaris event recently, along with the 4-sided advanced component display board shown below. All 4 sides were decked out in innovations and advantages of the new Polaris product line, and the backdrop panel doubled as full color signage.

    All in all, with Polaris being the leader in their industry, and CalCo being the leader in theirs, you have to know that combining these groups can only lead to impressive and informative displays designed to educate and sell!

     

    Let CalCo create a unique stand for your next display and let your product stand out! Call us at 847-639-3858 or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com .

     

  • Avoid Bad Boothitis…Make Sure You Leave Enough Time to Plan for Your Next Trade Show

    Posted on October 16th, 2013 admin No comments

    Don’t let this happen to you!

    The most important aspect of your trade show success is planning ahead. Creating effective displays takes time and then they have to arrive at the show on time and in one piece. CalCo can help with each of these steps.

    Our Project Consultants can help you come up with a display that highlights all of the aspects of your product that you are trying to promote. Our goal is to make YOU and your product look good.

    We are also experts at coordinating shipping and making sure that your product makes it to the show on time and in one piece. We make custom fit, heavy duty reusable shipping containers that can protect your display for years.

    Let us help make your next show a success. Call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com.

  • Let CalCo Coordinate Your Next Golf Outing and Trade Show Apparel and Giveaways

    Posted on September 25th, 2013 admin No comments

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CalCo is proud to have recently become exclusive distributors for two new personalized gift lines that we think will help you expand your brand awareness and make your employees, distributors and customers happy to sport your corporate logo.  We have worked with these companies and are impressed with the quality of their products. We now offer high quality organic Pima cotton golf shirts, customized with your logo, that can be used for trade shows, corporate golf outings or as giveaways to customers or distributors.  If you are looking for something more unique we offer personalized gifts including ipad cases/journals, luggage, ball caps, ball markers, backpacks and more with your logo, your giftees initials or both attached in a unique medallion (see photos). For pricing or more information about these unique new products please contact CalCo at 847/639-3858.

    In addition, if you need a professional photographer to shoot your golf outing,  corporate event, product launch, trade show or any other event,  CalCo can make it happen. Just call us for more information.

     

     

  • CalCo Announces a New Way to Turbocharge Your Brand and Divisional Performance…. On Demand

    Posted on August 14th, 2013 admin No comments

     CalCo, the leading supplier of technical interactive marketing and training solutions for over 60 years is proud to announce its latest service offering…”on demand brand innovation and value creation services”. Over many business cycles, CalCo principals and employees have had the ability to work on the cutting edge of product innovation and distribution for a great deal of the world’s leading manufacturers. Neil Sivertson, the President of CalCo, is pleased to announce that CalCo has now extended its reach to consumer based product offerings as well with the help of Erv Frederick. Erv is the founder of Creative Scale, and is a former senior executive at General Foods, Kraft, and SABMiller where he successfully lead the turnaround of multi-billion dollar brands like Maxwell House and Miller Lite. Neil and Erv have formed CALCO Partners, whose main goal is to turbo-charge brand and division performance, “on demand”.

    “In today’s environment, value creation is less about managing labor and capital; it’s about change and innovation management. Often organizations are dealing with legacy operating processes that are inconsistent with successful change and innovation management practices.” stated Erv Frederick. “ We utilize an external network of elite business leaders, capital market professionals, communication experts and innovators that have the knowledge, talent, networks and capabilities to help organizations build their vision into reality.”

    Neil Sivertson, President of CalCo reiterated, “At CALCO Partners, we bring a fresh, non-biased perspective to your most pressing business needs. We collaborate with organizations to help them adapt to change and accelerate innovation. This change can be internally driven, due to necessary product re-engineering, or external in response to regulatory or competitive issues. CALCO Partners allows companies to access the talent needed during heavy product launch periods, innovation cycles and capital market environments only when required, and be up and running immediately in pursuit of their goals.

    To better understand the principals behind CALCO partners, and its core values please ask us to send you a copy of our recent PowerPoint presentation:

    “Innovation through Collaboration…(learning how to skate fast over thin ice)”

    Additionally, if you or your team would like discuss how CALCO Partners can help you with your specific “brand issues” or “divisional dilemma’s”, give us a call at 847-639-3858, or email CalCo using the envelope icon in the top right corner of this page.

  • Running Out of Space to Store Your Displays? CalCo Offers Storage or Fulfillment Plans to Fit Your Needs

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    Need some extra space to store your displays? Looking for a way to keep track of them and have them maintained? Let CalCo handle the details for you.  We offer options to meet all of your needs;  storage, logistics management, maintenance or all three.   Just let us know what you need done and we will take over your shipping headaches and save you time.

    We can monitor displays as they come and go and make repairs or updates on site.  We will drop ship directly to your training centers, trade shows, investor relations events, etc.  Whether it’s shipping down state or down under, you don’t need to worry what they will look like when they get there ….we will have made sure they are show ready.

    Our dedicated space offers comprehensive shipping and receiving capabilities that can accommodate all your needs. We also offer printed and other collateral material storage and fulfillment services, electronic display maintenance and programming, and full project photography and cataloging, in addition to our world class cutaway, display, training and animation services.

    Please call us at 847-639-3858 for pricing. We can send you our basic storage pricing grid in a PDF formatted file, and will customize pricing for more extensive storage, repair and fulfillment plans as required.

  • Spring Trade Shows on the Horizon

    Posted on March 20th, 2013 admin No comments

    The spring trade show season is upon us and CalCo has been busy helping our customers prepare for successful shows. Some companies have been planning their booths since last spring while others are just getting started. At CalCo, we have found that the key to success at the shows is picking the right shows to attend and being prepared to present your message and your product in its best light. This can be accomplished by having a plan that includes professional displays and materials and that are enhanced and reinforced by knowledgeable salespeople.

    In case you are thinking of expanding your current exhibition schedule, a brief summary of a few of the upcoming shows follows.

    The Mid-America Truck Show or MATS, Louisville, KY,  March 21-23.  This show is for the heavy duty trucking industry.  We have been creating displays for this show for many years and we usually visit the show to see the displays in action. The type of displays is wide ranging.  We have seen complete trucks on display, engine cutaways, full length animation and 3-d models and we have made many of them ourselves.  The show has over 1,000 exhibitors and last year there were over 80,000 attendees from 77 countries.

    Hannover Messe Show , Hannover Germany,  April 8-12.  It is billed as the world’s most important technology show and demonstrates new technology and automation. This years theme is integrated industry and there will be 11 trade fairs (Industrial automation, Motion/Drive & Automation, Energy, Wind, Mobilitec, Digital Factory, ComVac, Industrial Supply, Surface Technology, Industrial GreenTec, Research & Technology), occuring simultaneously with over 5,000 exhibitors and an expected 185,000 attendees.We are exhibiting at this show for the first time this year so if you will be there, let us know.

    Bauma 2013, Munich, April 15-21.  International show for construction, building material and mining machines and vehicles. With 3,256 exhibitors and an expected 420,000 attendees it is a great opportunity to see some giant machines and make some good contacts. The show is structured around four sectors: All Around Construction Sites, Mining, Extraction & Processing of Raw Materials, Production of Building Materials and Component & Service Suppliers

    Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, May 6-9.  The OTC show focuses on the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. The  conference, geared toward energy professionals, offers a comprehensive technical program and exhibits of the latest products and services. With 2,500 exhibitors, 80,000+ attendees and 110 countries representated it is one of the top 200 shows in the US.  We create displays for this show every year which have included,  underground cable cutaways embedded in acrylic, pump cutaways and displays, valves, regulators, couplers, cables, scale models, working models and display stands.  We usually visit the show to see what is new in the industry and it is always fascinating.

    Electric Power Expo, Rosemont, IL,  May 14-16.  Over 5,000 power generation industry professionals from around the world attend.  The show, directed towards plant management and corporate personnel from utilities around the world,  is dedicated to each of the leading fuels – coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy, and multiple tracks filled with cross-cutting content like environmental regulations and technology. There will be over 150 exhibitors  and attendees from 31 countries and 47 US states.

    American Water Works Assn Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE 13), Denver, June 9-13.  Designed for Water professionals there are over 900 presenters on a variety of water-related topics and 500 exhibitors from all segments of the water industry.

    These are just a few of the shows that CalCo will be visiting soon. Once again trade show attendance is increasing. TSNN (Trade Show News Network) reports an increase of 3% for 2012 over 2011 and the much improved levels of foot traffic at shows is quite obvious. According to the 2012 Pulse Survey, conducted for the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, 58 percent of trade shows reported growth in the number of exhibitors in 2012, with only 12 percent reporting a decline, all indications that the trade show circuit is kicking back into high gear ….. so call CalCo at 847-639-3858 and let us help you plan ahead!

     

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  • Is your trade show booth ready for Mid-America Truck Show (MATS), Offshore Technology Conference(OTC), Hannover Messe or the Bauma Show?

    Posted on March 7th, 2013 admin No comments

    Over the past few years, some companies have changed focus and are attending either the larger trade shows or more specialized trade shows instead of going to a wide range of shows each year.   That makes the shows that ARE attended that much more important and makes show preparation a crucial component of success.  At CalCo we try to stress the importance of early planning. Before your show, you need to analyze the message you want to convey and what kind of product displays, signage and other materials can help you communicate your message in an effective manner and then give yourself adequate time to create and acquire the right materials.

    While we live in a world where we expect quick turnarounds and instanteous gratification, unfortunately, all trade show displays cannot be turned around immediately.  We get frustrated if we can’t give a customer the exact display they want due to time constraints and the customer gets frustrated too.  This problem can be avoided with early planning.  How early?? That depends on the type of display you need, the show you are attending and the time of year.

    The type of display will partly dictate the time needed for show preparation. Some small displays and cutaways can be turned around in a short time but the majority of the work we do requires 4-8 weeks. Most cutaway jobs require disassembly, cutting of each piece, painting, reassembly, creation of a custom base or stand, creation of a custom shipper.  We pride ourselves on our quality so we take the time to make sure your display lives up to your expectations and our expectations.  For other types of displays like lightweight models, 3-D printing and animation the length of time necessary depends on the complexity of the project and can vary from a few days to a few months. Advance planning will help you get the results that you need from the shows you attend.

    In addition to the time it takes to create your display, you need to consider shipping time too.  While most destinations in the US can be reached in a few days, if necessary, the charge for expedited shipping can be high.  For international destinations, weeks can be required if your display is going by ship instead of flying.  Make sure you consider the time necessary for transportation when getting ready for your show.

    Finally, the time of year can affect your trade show planning schedule since most shows occur in the spring and fall.  During these times our turnaround times can be longer due to the volume.  If we can’t meet your deadline than we won’t take your business.  We don’t like to disappoint our customers.

    If you need a display for an upcoming show and need an indication of turnaround times or types of displays that we can create, just give us a call. We are happy to help with your planning process so that you can have a successful show. We will be visiting the Mid-America Truck Show (MATS), Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Hannover Messe in the next few months. Let us know if you will be there too and we will stop by your booth.

    Call CalCo at 847/639-3858.  Click here for our contact information or find us on Facebook.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • New Fire Pump Cutaway Banner Available from CalCo

    Posted on February 7th, 2013 admin No comments

    It is here!!

    Fire Departments have had great success using our Hydrant Cutaway Banner for training and to meet ISO standards.  We have had many requests for a Fire Pump Cutaway Banner and we are pleased to be able to offer this new banner to help meet those training needs.

    The Fire Pump Cutaway Training Banner is 6 ft tall by 2 ft wide and is in full color.  It comes with a portable stand but it can also be mounted on a wall.  The banner is vinyl so it will last for years.

    The cutaway banner will give your trainees a clear idea of how the fire pump operates.  There are multiple cutaway sections and enlargements so your instructor can show the details of the pump.  This banner may be able to fulfill the ISO requirement for a fire pump cutaway.  While the final decision ultimately lies in your inspector’s hands, many times this type of solution is valid, and at a fraction of the cost, only $195.00 with a portable banner stand included!

    Be sure to check with your inspector or local ISO/State (or whichever organization is running the inspections) to see if this solution will qualify for your location, and then call 847-639-3858 to order. Our hydrant banner, seen below,  is available too.

     

     

     

  • Are you attending the Hannover Messe Show? CalCo is…

    Posted on January 24th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    and we would like to say GUTEN TAG!

    We are very fortunate to have the opportunity, through the Illinois STEP program, to exhibit at this year’s Hannover Messe Expo in Hannover Germany! The State Trade and Export Promotion Program is supported by the SBA and provides funding to states to support export promotion for small and medium sized businesses. We are excited to be working with the program and look forward to a great opportunity in Hannover. Our booth is scheduled to be in Hall 17, booth TBD in the Industrial Section (see map below) so come by and visit if you are at the show.

    The Hannover Messe Trade Show is billed as the “most significant event of technological industry worldwide” and the “World’s Biggest Industrial Fair” since it has thirteen separate industry areas included.  The theme this year is integrated industry.  In 2012 there were over 5000  companies exhibiting and 185,000 attendees and that is expected to grow this year so it should be a fantastic show.  If you are one of those attending or exhibiting at the show let us know so we can get together or just drop by our booth for a visit.

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858, visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com or find us on Facebook.

     

  • Looking For A Cost Effective Way To Tap Into Export Markets Right In Your Own Backyard?

    Posted on November 8th, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo’s consulting and marketing “on demand” group has been actively working with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the MCC Shah Center on a number of initiatives, assisting our clients with their international marketing and training programs. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at the MCC Shah Center recently launched a new program in support of the National Export Initiative, geared towards small and medium sized companies who are interested in growing their business in international markets by increasing their exports of goods and services.

    Join CalCo at the ISBDC Export Business Trade Fair in McHenry Illinois on December 7, 2012, where our clients can meet numerous people who can highlight export opportunities, and provide them with a roadmap to access these foreign markets. Representatives from the following countries are expected to attend the fair:

    Australia * the Czech Republic * Germany * Hong Kong *  Israel * Italy * Japan *

    Lithuania * Mexico * the Netherlands * the Philippines * Taiwan * Thailand *Turkey

    A comprehensive list of the day’s planned activities appears below, and you can visit the MCC Shah Center website for directions and additional information at:

    http://www.shahcenter.mchenry.edu/

    Schedule of Activities
    8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast, Setup for consulates and companies

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Introductions and meet and greet the consulates (consulates will be available all day)

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – McHenry County Trade Fair – parade of companies

    11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Marketing, Research, Business Development

    12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Banking, Finance, Law

    2:15 – 3:00 p.m. – Manufacturing, Logistics, Shipping, Compliance

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Municipalities, Economic Development, State Assistance

    A number of exhibitors, including CalCo, will be there.  We will be highlighting some of our newer services including store and go services and animation design, so please stop by for what should be an EXCEPTIONALLY easy way to kick start your international sales and marketing programs. Call us for details at 847/639-3858 or for more information about our company visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or our Facebook page.