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  • Have You Seen the Detail In These Sales Sample Cases?

    Posted on January 23rd, 2014 admin No comments

    Your sales samples are about the most important part of your presentation to clients and potential clients, and showing up with them in a cardboard box is unacceptable in today’s competitive marketplace.

    To get a long lasting sample case with a great look can be a lot more cost effective than you think. Individually cut compartments designed to fit exactly to your part, housed in a branded case with room for literature typically run from $75 to $200 each depending upon size, style and quantities, and we often make smaller cases for around $60 each (in quantity).

    You have to know that a good salesperson, armed with the latest and greatest products and accessories that your company has to offer, is worth a minor investment that costs less than your typical smartphone.

    Don’t wait, because the lead time is about the only obstacle to having a set of custom sales cases put together, and every sales call being made today . . . is either successful, or a missed opportunity.

     

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    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 to discuss your next Sample Cases or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com to see more examples.

     

  • Disaster Victim Brought Back to Life

    Posted on September 12th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    Looking at the display above would you guess that it was recently completely rebuilt? We received a box of damaged parts because the display was dropped and broken beyond recognition during shipping. The pieces were gathered and sent to CalCo to repair, refinish and reassemble. As you can see from the finished product you can’t even tell that the display was damaged and we were able to complete the project quickly so it didn’t miss a single trade show. We also made a sturdy shipper which will stand up to repeated use and is custom designed for the display to deter any more mishaps.

    Call CalCo at 847-639-3858 if you have had a shipping disaster and need a new shipper or a display rework.  We will be happy to give you a free quote. Visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or visit us on Facebook to find out more about CalCo and how we can make you and your product look good.

  • CalCo Can Make a Case to Protect Your Equipment

    Posted on June 4th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    Whether you need a case for a trade show, sales calls, training, display or to transport your equipment, CalCo has the case for you. We offer cases from major case makers like Pelican and SKB but we add high density, custom fit foam to better protect your products. We also make custom cases for those hard to fit products or special needs.

    Case Uses

    • Trade Show Transport
    • Sales Calls/Training Sessions
    • Audio Visual Equipment
    • Sports Equipment
    • Musical Equipment/Instruments
    • Military

    If you need a case, for any reason, give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Look at these Dazzling Cutaway Displays of Polished Stainless Steel and Chrome!

    Posted on November 29th, 2012 admin No comments

    These displays are designed to catch your customers attention and keep it. The stainless steel and chrome practically glow when highly hand polished. The finish is labor intensive but the effect is well worth it.

    These strainers were cutaway to show the interior so the customer can see the high quality of the construction and design.  The interior was painted and the stainless parts were hand polished to create the bright finish.  The displays were fitted to bases and then into cases with custom foam inserts so they are easily moved without getting damaged.  All of these services were provided by CalCo with a careful eye on the details. Our goal is to make you and your product look great.

    In addition to polished chrome plating and stainless steel finishing we offer the following plating finishes:

    • Gold Plating
    • Copper Plating
    • Nickel Plating
    • Industrial Hard Plating
    • Anodizing – an attractive way to prepare aluminum and available in a wide variety of colors
    • Electroless nickel – durable, minimal build process with even cover, good lubricity and hardness
    • Chrome Plating – available in bright chrome, polished chrome or satin finishes, can be applied to any metal
    • Black Oxide – for steel or iron parts where a blue/black matte finish is desired

    If you want to make your display stand out from the crowd just give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 and we can give you some great ideas! You can see examples of the various finishes on our website at www.calcocutaways.com.

     

     

     

     

  • Cutaways: Useful for Every Type of Product Display

    Posted on October 2nd, 2012 admin No comments

    CalCo has been making cutaways for close to sixty years.  Despite the advances in technology that have affected the trade show industry, cutaways are still a strong and widely used way to show your products advantages.  Not only is your product the star of the show but the attributes of your product that you are highlighting to your customers are completely visible. Usually the best part of the product is what is hidden inside and invisible to the eye and a cutaway is a great way to put the interior attributes of your product on display. Your product can be seen, touched and understood.   Giving your customer a chance to see the parts and processes of your product that make it superior to your competition. We can light it up, color code it with paint or make it move to further demonstrate your products advantages. Our goal is to make you and your product look great!

    Some recent examples of cutaways:

    Do you need a good way to show your customers the hidden attributes of your product that make it unique?  Do you have a trade show, training session, investor relations meeting or sales call coming up where you need to display your product?

    Give CalCo a call and we can help with:

    • Product Displays
    • Cutaways
    • Working Models
    • Animation
    • Prototyping/Lightweight Models
    • Custom Stands and Basemounts
    • Cases and Shipping Containers
    • Sales Aids
    • Training Aids
    • Point of Purchase Displays
    • Sales or Service Awards
    • Corporate Gifts

    For more information visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or call us at 847/639-3858. You can also follow us on Facebook.

     

     

  • The Case of the Overloaded Salesperson

    Posted on May 16th, 2012 admin No comments

    Have YOU ever felt like this guy…?

    Sometimes salespeople get bogged down with all the numerous products they have to bring on sales calls to meet potential clients. For our clients that currently use our cutaway services, we offer to pair that up with a custom foam fit case to keep the sales force more organized, more professional looking, and add to the longevity of the other part of your sales team…the product!

    Here’s an example of how after a cutaway is finished a little extra expense can keep that product, and your sales people, going much farther.

    Custom Foam Fit Products Into Case…                          Close the Case, and the Deal…

     

    For information or a quote please contact CalCo at 847/639-3858.  Visit or website at www.CalCoCutaways.com or find us on Facebook.

     

  • Believe It or Not, NOW is the Time to Get Your Displays Ready for Fall Trade Shows

    Posted on March 21st, 2012 admin No comments

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    With the spring trade show season in full swing you may wonder why we are talking about the fall already. During and right after a show is the best time to reevaluate your displays and how successful they are at telling your story to your customers. It is also a good opportunity to take a closer look and see whether they need to be reworked or touched up.  Instead of putting them back in the box and back in storage until the next show,  save on shipping by having them sent directly from the show to CalCo.  We  will work on them over the summer and by Fall you will be ready to shine at your next show. CalCo can make your current display look better than ever or we can create a new one.  We can rework, touch up, re-plate, add lighting, add signage, change/add basemounts or stands, repair or replace shippers.  Just tell us what you want to do and we will make it happen!

    Even if your display has been damaged in transit like the photos below, CalCo can help. Call us at 847-639-3858 or visit our website or Facebook pages to see how we can help you today.

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  • Need an International Shipping Container to Meet Ever Changing Regulations?

    Posted on March 7th, 2012 admin No comments

    International shipping can be complicated due to various countries wood restrictions on incoming containers and constantly changing guidelines. At Calco, we offer two ways to ship your products internationally – heat treating and non-wooden containers.

    Exterior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Exterior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Interior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Interior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Non-Wooden Shipping Container

    Non-Wooden Shipping Container

    Some countries still allow wood shippers as long as the wood has been heat treated. In this case we offer steel framed wooden shippers that are durable and long lasting. We heat treat and stamp the shippers so they can meet requirements for countries with this restriction. Heat treating is a great short term international shipping solution but if you are looking for the long term we suggest a non-wooden container.

    Non-Wooden shipping containers are steel framed and can withstand the rigors of international shipping but they do not contain any wooden pieces so you can rest easy going through customs. These containers cost a bit more but are recommended if you are shipping to multiple countries or are looking for a long-term solution. Requirements change periodically so with non-wooden shipping containers you do not have to worry about the specific regulations of each country and if they are changing. If you need a shipping container to meet your international needs give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858.

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