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  • Fire Department Training Cutaways and Banners

    Posted on June 29th, 2015 admin No comments

    Training Officers and Fire Chiefs, do you have room in your teaching budget? Consider the benefits of upgrading your training techniques with fire hydrant & pump cutaways or banners:

    • Improve your ISO score during inspections.
    • Increase fire proficiency by having a cutaway in the classroom.
    • Develop a better understanding of hydrants and pumps through tactile learning.


    fire hydrant cutaway

    Fire Hydrant Cutaway
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.



    Fire Pump Cutaway
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.




    Fire Hydrant and Pump Banners
    Call 847.639.3858 for pricing and ordering information.


    Why Cutaways?
    • Field efficiency increases through tangible teaching methods.
    • It’s a win-win situation for both fire fighters and the public.
    • FREE grant writing help is available when you inquire about cutaways!

    Why Banners?
    • Signs are economical teaching tools.
    • It’s the next best thing to a real hydrant or pump.
    • Immediate delivery is available upon request.

    Keep your communities and firefighters safe through fire hydrant & pump training cutaways and banners. For more information about pricing and orders, call us at 847.639.3858, email us at or fill out our form here.

  • Auburn Gear Strikes Gold in Las Vegas

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 admin No comments


    We recently visited the SEMA and AAPEX shows in Las Vegas and were thrilled to see Auburn Gear’s shining display.  The Limited Slip Differential cutaways  have gold plating to emphasize the design and they are mounted on our new full color acrylic basemount.  Auburn Gear hit the jackpot with these displays and they were done in time for the show as promised.



    We love the impact of this new basemount design and it comes at a lower cost.  At CalCo we want to show your product in its best light and we will work with you to make it shine. Please be sure to allow adequate time for show materials as it takes time to do it right!

    If you are interested in a quote or need more information please visit our website at or call us at 847-639-3858.


  • 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

  • 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 or visit us on Facebook to find out more about CalCo and how we can make you and your product look good.

  • 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.












  • Clearly See the Difference a Cutaway Makes

    Posted on February 21st, 2013 admin No comments

    Do you find it hard to explain how your product works even though it is a simple process? Typically we expect to see a more complex unit, like an engine, cutaway but cutaways are effective for all types of products. Opening up your product to inspection inspires confidence in your brand and company since you obviously have nothing to hide. Many companies cutaway their product and their competitors product so customers can see the critical differences.

    Take a look at the photos above and you immediately understand what these products are supposed to do without anyone speaking a word. That is the power of a cutaway.

    Call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or contact us with any questions or for a free quote.  Let us help you put your product on display with a cutaway because “Your Product is our Profession”.


  • 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 or find us on Facebook.


  • Lighten Up Your Product Display with Acrylic

    Posted on April 24th, 2012 admin No comments

    Tired of dragging an unnecessarily heavy display around? Looking to lighten up?

    Acrylic may be your answer. A new trend at manufacturing trade shows is to combine real pieces or parts with lightweight ones to create a display that shows your product but can be moved more easily and is more focused on the area you want to accentuate. In the picture at left above, this part is usually attached to an engine but bringing an engine would be cost prohibitive and distracting. Customers may be more focused on the engine instead of the part you want to exhibit.  Since the engine is visually represented by the acrylic image in the display, the focus becomes the part itself. The display is easier to move and accurately conveys the message and product your show is directed toward.

    The hydrant display is another example of an acrylic display standing in for a heavy and unneeded part of the display. This display would have been unwieldy and potentially dangerous on the base if the real hydrant was attached. With the acrylic hydrant substitute, the focus becomes the shoe at the base instead. The display is lighter and less costly to ship, and safer to exhibit. The part that is the focus and is supposed to be highlighted in the show gets its due without distraction.

    Other kinds of products can be used instead of acrylic. Recently we made half a product using a cast part that looks identical to the real part but is 86% lighter. We are currently working on a project in which 50% of the product is not yet in production so using CAD files we have created them from lightweight plastic and incorporated them into the display with the “real” parts. It is hard to tell the plastic parts from the metal parts just by looking but the display is much lighter and it was able to be displayed before the actual parts were even available.

    If you need to lighten your load, get a product before your customers before it has completed production or just want to make your display look unique, give CalCo a call. We want to make your product display the focal point of your next show because “Your Product is our Profession.”

    Call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or visit or newly redesigned website at for more information.

  • OTC is Right Around the Corner, Are You Ready?

    Posted on February 21st, 2012 admin No comments

    The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is set for April 30-May 3, 2012 in Houston, TX. This is an annual event which showcases the development of offshore resources for drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. With 2000 booths and an expected 70,000 industry leaders and buyers it should be a great show. As always CalCo is working on displays for the show already. With just 5 weeks to go time is getting very short so if you are looking to add or update a display to your booth call CalCo today!

    We offer all kinds of product displays but our specialty is product cutaways and you would be surprised at some of the products that we have been able to cutaway.   The ability to show your clients first hand the internal workings of your product can leave a longer lasting impression than words alone and it enables a better understanding.  At CalCo we are always excited for opportunities to show our expertise, whether it is with products we are familiar with or new challenges that present themselves,  especially in the always expanding oil and gas industry.  From actuators, compressors, valves, to every type of pump, drilling equipment, above ground or underwater we will find a solution to display your product.  Below are some examples of products we helped display:

    Product CutawaysHose Cable Cutaway

    Tensioner CutawayProduct Embedment

    Motor Display

    We will be attending OTC this year too so if you would like us to stop by your booth just let us know.  We can give you some new display ideas and get started on a quote for your product.  We look forward to seeing you and all of the new innovations for 2012.

    To contact CalCo call us at 847/639-3858 or click for our contact page.