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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Custom Signage, Logos and Printed Materials Make Your Product Visible

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 admin No comments
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    Point of Purchase Display

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    Custom Case with Logo

    Today more than ever your brand and your message are extremely important. Having your product on display is an important step, and then you need to associate your message and your name with the product itself in a memorable way. Signs and printed materials  are a time tested way to get your corporate name or logo and product story front and center, making your product display or trade show booth memorable.

    From full color matched signage to domed labels, from POP displays to booth banners, CalCo has numerous options available for unique signage. Even carve your logo into your display and light it from within (see Martin Engineering stand photo shown).   These photos are some ideas of signage that can make your display unique, and if you have an idea you don’t see, give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 to discuss options or click here for contact information.

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  • CalCo NEWS is Upgrading

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 admin No comments


    For over 50 years CalCo has been innovating a unique craft and letting you know about it every step of the way. A bi-annual newsletter, arriving on your desk to remind you of upcoming projects or giving you ideas for an upcoming event has been working like a charm.

    Today the vast line of CalCo products and services in growing and expanding a quicker pace, and your world is moving faster as well. Bringing the CalCo NEWS to an online format will help us keep you in touch and stay on top of what the industry is up to.

    You can RSS feed the page to get regular updates at your own pace, and if you have any suggestions for this site and things you would like to see, feel free to drop a quick note using the email link at the top of the page.

    CalCo is the same as always, and cares as much about the outcome of your project as you do. Hopefully the new format of CalCo NEWS will become as welcome as our printed version was. Thank you!

    Contact CalCo at 847-639-3858 or click here for contact information.