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  • How Lobby Displays Can Increase Your Revenue

    Posted on July 12th, 2017 admin No comments

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    Having a lobby display or C-suite display can be very beneficial for your business. Whether you’re looking for new clients or gaining investors, showcasing an example of your best work is a great way to receive the right attention. Here are a few ways that these display can be highly effective and profitable.

    Reinforce Market Strength: A lobby is more than just a hallway that leads from one area of the office to another. It is an opportunity to highlight the professional and distinct craftsmanship of your products. Sometimes seeing is believing and nothing shows more than a customized display that emphasizes your brand.

    Add Value: A potential customer or investor both want to trust that your brand can deliver results. Having a display immediately exudes confidence in the quality of your work. The display can answer a lot of questions about your company’s capabilities, simply with a visual.

    Generate Revenue: The best way that a display can be effective for your brand is through revenue generation. If a customer or investor’s attention has been grabbed and they feel that your product adds value, there is a strong potential for customer acquisition or investor relations.

    To explore lobby or c-suite display options for your company, please contact Dave Kasper at dkasper@calcocutaways.com.

  • Let Us Sweat The Small Stuff (Outsourcing vs. In House Production)

    Posted on June 12th, 2017 admin No comments

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    Do you make your own tradeshow displays internally? It may make sense to consider outsourcing them. There are many factors to consider such as time savings, cost management, employee time and expense, internal material availability, and the experience it sometimes requires to efficiently create a show stopping demo.

    Time Efficiency – It may seem like doing everything within your own company will save time, but oftentimes the opposite occurs and many crucial hours are lost. Your internal team already has specific tasks to do on a daily basis. It can become very time consuming to add product design to their plate.

    Outsourcing with CalCo solves this problem. Have a dedicated team that is readily available and equipped to handle the entire process with skill and agility.

    Production Loss – If your team is spending time focusing on display processing, then other things are being placed on the back burner. This usually means production profit is decreased because the process has been extended.

    When outsourcing a model, there is no reason for a stall on any production processes or profits. While CalCo creates your show model, you can take the operational time needed to stay on schedule with all your clients.

    DETAILS! – Many hands must be involved to smoothly take the process from beginning to end. This causes interruptions, multiple departments worrying about minor details and adjustments that may be needed on the fly.

    Outsourcing removes those interruptions from the workflow. CalCo specializes in creating show models for many companies and knows exactly how to do the process efficiently. Let us sweat the small stuff!

    Show Paint vs. Production Paint – CalCo understands the significance of creating a show model. While production paint serves more of an industrial purpose, we prioritize solely on using automotive “show quality” paint for all models. This creates a professional and alluring look for displays and creates a lasting impression.

    Stands and Base mounts – Having made thousands of stands and display tables over years gives you a fast, reliable and tested solution for displaying your products. You will see the rewards when your finished product showcase is both durable and attractive.

    Outsourcing needs is a decision that will greatly benefit your bottom line and your company’s efficiency without adversely affecting your image. If you choose CalCo to handle this work for you, rest assured you are in experienced hands.

  • Why choose CalCo to design and create your custom cutaway?

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 admin No comments

    CalCo began creating cutaways and displays in the 1950s and has over 60 years of experience helping hundreds of leading manufacturers expose the internal components of their products in the most professional, presentable and unique manner available.

    CalCo has the ability to cut virtually any material of any thickness. We also finish each product with the highest quality of paint, plating and more to make your product look its best. We work closely with several case makers who provide a variety of customized solutions to protect, carry and display your product.

    We create custom cutaways for all kinds of events including trade shows, exhibits, trainings and sales calls. We have a plethora of product upgrades and options available including 3D printing for scale models, lighting, animation and electronic media, custom stands and bases, custom-built cases, permanent shipping containers, professional photography, custom signage, brochures and other advertising materials, awards and corporate gifts, and plating options. We often get involved in the design and development process of cutaway projects and are open to specific instructions or open designs.

    We not only have a variety of options available to showcase your cutaway in its best light, but we also guarantee on-time delivery. Typical turnaround time is four to six weeks for a medium size cutaway. Whenever physically possible, we will adjust our schedule to meet yours.

    CalCo is innovative, reliable, capable and knowledgeable in all kinds of cutaways so contact us today for any cutaway needs you may have. Our mission and goal is to not only provide great customer service, but exceed our clients’ expectations with the unique and quality products we provide them.

  • CalCo: Cutaways and so much more

    Posted on March 18th, 2015 admin No comments

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    Since 1953 our reputation has been built on our cutaways and displays. But, over the years, in order to accommodate our customer’s requests and give them one place to fulfill all their display needs we have continuously added services. You may be surprised by all the ways that CalCo can help you in 2015!

    Click on a link to go to our website and see examples:

    Cutaways – We are experts at cutaways and can help you to show your product and it’s unique features

    Displays – Painting and Plating can take a product from dull to dazzling

    Working Models – Want to show your product or process in motion? We can make it happen.

    Lighting – Attract customers to your tradeshow display with unique lighting

    Animation – We offer any length or kind of animation, from 5 second animation showing a product function to 30 minute long promotional videos including complex product animations

    3-D Models – From a simple product to a multicolored exploded view or even a whole linking system with small and complex parts we can make a model to meet your needs.

    Stands/Bases – We have many solutions and are always willing to try something new

    Custom Cases – We offer all kinds of cases with custom foam for sales or tradeshow use

    Shippers – Our shippers are custom made to fit and protect your display

    Point of Purchase Displays and Signage – Tailored to your needs

    Custom Awards – From 1-1000 we have made many custom awards

    Giveaways – Many gift options for your tradeshow, corporate retreat or golf outing

    Professional Photography – Use our professional photos for your brochures, tradeshows, etc,

    Embedded Products – A unique way to display a small product or one that comes apart easily

    Plating – We offer all kinds of plating

    Reworks – We will rework/refresh any display whether we created it or not

    Display Storage - We will store and maintain your displays when not in use

    At CalCo every job is a custom job because every product and company is unique. We work with you to make sure you get the results you desire so that your product is shown in its best light.
    For a free quote or to get more information about our services call us at 847/639-3858 or visit our website at www.CalCoCutaways.com .

  • Let CalCo Get the Shot You Need with a Professional Photo Shoot of Your Product

    Posted on May 22nd, 2014 admin No comments

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    Need professional photo shots of your new display or a new product launch?  CalCo offers in-house professional photography of your product(s).  We handle all the details of your two hour shoot but we welcome your input.  Your product is photographed from all sides with professional lighting including different exposures to ensure you get the shots you need to use for any kind of media.  The high resolution images are delivered with a photo proof thumbnail sheet and CD-ROM.  Clipping Path application is also available.

    These high resolution images can utilized for:

    Brochures
    Websites
    Presentations
    Newsletters
    Videos
    Emails
    Literature
    Product Spec Sheets
    Catalog Pages
    Wall or Show Booth Graphics
    . . .and More

    It is a great timesaver to have your product photographed while we are working on it but we can shoot it even if it already looks great. To see more examples of our professional shots visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com or call us at 847-639-3858 for more information or to set up your next product shoot.

     

  • CalCo “Secures” an Impactful Booth Display for an Innovative Airport Safety Products Company

    Posted on December 20th, 2013 admin No comments

    Recently we helped a customer with a complete marketing plan and design.  We designed a logo and created letterhead and business cards. We created a new website and brochure and then we went full circle and created the three dimensional trade show exhibit shown below. No, this was not taken in an airport, but here in our offices and it has been to several trade shows too.  It is a printed background which transports easily so the only additional parts necessary are the table and mats. We worked with our customer to come up with an idea that made their product front and center and showed it in an actual working environment.

     

     

    At CalCo our job is to make you and your product look good. We work hard to ensure that we meet or exceed our customers expectations every time, whether the job is big or small.  Call us at 847/639-3858 to see how we can help you!

  • CalCo has Training Aids Available for All Situations

    Posted on December 5th, 2013 admin No comments

    Visual aids have been proven to increase understanding which is why an actual product can be extremely helpful during training, especially in a mechanical training environment.  At CalCo, we have created all kinds of training aids to help students, employees and customers better understand products and processes.

    Cutaways, Animation and Videos from 15 seconds to full length, Training Easels, Circuit Boards, Point of Purchase Displays, 3-D Printing/Prototyping and  Banners are a few examples of training products that we can create.

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    Use the examples above as a guideline for how we can help with your needs but our goal is to customize the training to your specific environment and product or process. Call us for more information at 847/639-3858 so we can discuss your training needs and how we can help you meet them.

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.