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  • 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.

  • 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”.

     

  • Display Your Products Unique Attributes with Animation

    Posted on January 10th, 2013 admin No comments

     

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    Animation is an easy way to show how your product functions and explain its unique characteristics and advantages. In today’s competive market many customers are looking for a reason to buy your product and video evidence can help. Buyers are being asked to be more knowledgeable about the products that they recommend and purchase so any information you can provide to sway their decision will benefit your bottom line.

    In the virtual world, anything is possible so by creating an animation you can show the story of your product as you see it in your mind without the physical limitations of real world space. Once completed the production can be used in multiple ways; at trade shows, on your website, on You Tube, at investor relations meetings and on sales calls, so you get more bang for your buck.

    CalCo can help you create a custom video using animation, actual video, graphs, brochures or any vital information you would like to include and we can put it together in an entertaining and informative way.   You will retain all rights to the video so you can use it in multiple ways. For more information about creating an animation, from 30 seconds to full length, call CalCo at 847/639-3858.

  • 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.

  • You Asked CalCo for Display Storage with On-Demand Touch-ups…You Got It! CalCo Now Offers Store and Go Service

    Posted on October 25th, 2012 admin No comments

     

    CalCo has moved to a new, larger facility and with the move we can now offer a long requested service – storage and maintenance, with the added benefit of being able to repair displays on site and drop ship directly to your training centers, trade shows, investor relations events, etc. Our new dedicated space offers comprehensive shipping and receiving capabilities that can accommodate all your product’s needs. We now 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.

    After your event have your items shipped directly to CalCo. We will inspect them, notify you of any repairs or touch-ups necessary, perform the repairs, if requested, and store the units until you need them. 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.

    Please call us at 847-639-3858 for pricing tailored to your specific needs. 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.

    Visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com,  find us on Facebook or Twitter or call us at 847-639-3858.

  • What Can CalCo Do For You Today?

    Posted on June 5th, 2012 admin No comments

    At CalCo our main focus is customer service and satisfaction. Every job we do is a custom job so we want to give you the best products and make the process easy and understandable. To facilitate that we created this NEWS site and established a Facebook page designed to make it easier to see what we do and give you a place to ask questions or get answers.  Our website www.CalCoCutaways.com is updated to make it more informative and user friendly.  And, as always, if you don’t see what you are looking for, JUST ASK!

    We send a quarterly NEWSletter email which includes the articles posted here and additional information.  If you would like to be added to our list just let us know at info@CalCoCutaways.com or if you have any suggestions or comments, please send those along as well.

    “Your Product is Our Profession” and we want you to look good!  To contact CalCo by phone call us at 847/639-3858.

  • 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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  • Eye-Catching Displays Can Make Your Booth More Power-Full

    Posted on January 6th, 2012 admin No comments

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    Walking around the show floor at the recent Power-Gen Show in Las Vegas, it is clear an abundance of power solutions are available, and the market is growing.

    One of the larger exhibitors at the show, Leslie Controls, Inc. (designer and manufacturer of control valves for over a century – providing ZERO LEAK control valves for the power generation, industrial, marine and oil and gas markets), took advantage of their open booth design by placing product and information at every corner of the booth. The overall look was fantastic and drew in many people to learn more about Leslie Controls, and how their product’s advantages set them apart.

    Does your booth offer an opportunity for prospective clients to have a hands-on experience in regards to your products? Sometimes this makes all the difference in the world.

    Contact CalCo at 847-639-3858 for help with your booth or product displays.   Click here for more contact information or visit us on Facebook.