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  • Looking to conquer foreign markets?? CalCo’s army of professionals is at your disposal

    Posted on February 25th, 2015 admin No comments

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    While we don’t suggest CalCo can safeguard the world from alien invasion, we do promise we can “transform” any concept into reality regarding your ongoing quest to grow your foreign market opportunities.

    Whether it’s interactive displays, technical web animations in multiple languages or country specific content CalCo is your winning partner, ready to go to all ends of the earth to make sure your global business initiatives are victorious.

    Take for example the case of our “friend” above, a fully functioning 9 ft robot MC capable of speaking in several languages, designed and built at CalCo. He was created to introduce a new product launch/ joint venture at a high profile Asian trade fair, and he made an impression to say the least. He even ended up with his own Facebook page!!

    CalCo is armed with the country knowledge only 65 years of global marketing experience can bring. Let us help you with your next foreign market initiative. Call us at 847-639-3858 to get started today.

  • 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 www.calcocutaways.com.

  • 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.

  • Running Out of Space to Store Your Displays? CalCo Offers Storage or Fulfillment Plans to Fit Your Needs

    Posted on June 26th, 2013 admin No comments

     

    Need some extra space to store your displays? Looking for a way to keep track of them and have them maintained? Let CalCo handle the details for you.  We offer options to meet all of your needs;  storage, logistics management, maintenance or all three.   Just let us know what you need done and we will take over your shipping headaches and save you time.

    We can monitor displays as they come and go and make repairs or updates on site.  We will drop ship directly to your training centers, trade shows, investor relations events, etc.  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.

    Our dedicated space offers comprehensive shipping and receiving capabilities that can accommodate all your needs. We also 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.

    Please call us at 847-639-3858 for pricing. 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.

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • CalCo: Your Turn-Key Solution for Product Displays

    Posted on May 25th, 2010 admin No comments

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    CalCo likes a challenge! We have been in the business of solving our customers problems for almost 60 years.

    CalCo started in 1953 as a cutaway shop taking products and cutting away a portion to show the internal parts since they can be a valuable selling tool.  We have come a long way over the years by adapting to customer needs and changes in product displays.  In that time, we have become a turn-key solution for our customers by adding new services.  Did you know there is a place you can go to get all of your product display needs performed at the same time?

    In addition to cutaways,  CalCo provides :

    • Working Models with or without a cutaway
    • Product Displays
    • Sales and Training Aids
    • Lighting
    • Custom Basemounts
    • Custom Shipping Containers
    • Acrylic covers  and Displays
    • Point-of-Puchase Displays
    • Custom Cases
    • Scale Models and Rapid Prototyping
    • Three Dimensional Printing
    • Animation
    • Sales Awards
    • Corporate Gifts
    • Plating
    • Training Programs
    • Professional Photography
    • Waterjet Cutting

    CalCo can solve your trade show or product display problems with just one phone call!  A typical project now involves creating a cutaway, attaching a brushed aluminum base or custom rolling basemount, building a custom shipping container and a shooting a professional photography session before the project is completed and shipped back to the customer ready to go directly to a trade show or presentation.

    If you need help with your trade show, sales or training needs, call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here for our contact page and let us make your idea a reality!

  • Shipping Containers You Can Rely On

    Posted on May 6th, 2010 admin No comments

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    We have all seen what happens to packages that get shipped through the mail. What about your valuable displays that need to be shipped from show to show?  This cargo can see even more abuse. How can you protect your prized display? With a custom permanent shipping container from CalCo.

    CalCo’s steel framed wooden shipping containers are made to measure for your display with felt covered bumpers to hold your display in place and help it from getting damaged during long journeys. Each container is designed from the ground up to fit your project’s particular needs.  Options include:

    • Custom holders for extra parts or literature
    • Drawbridges (for items on rolling stands)- work well for items that are not too heavy and can help make your show set up quick and easy
    • Heavier items or ones not on wheels can be forklifted into the shippers. CalCo also has c-channel basemounts for your displays to make them even easier to move by forklift.
    • International grade containers- sail through customs by using all non-wooden materials

    The steel frame makes a CalCo shipping container durable. Each container is framed in angle-iron strapping on all edges, thereby withstanding many bangs and bumps that are common, and many of those not-so-common abusive acts of fork-lifting.  Some customers have been using the same shippers for ten or fifiteen years. We provide them painted blue so they stand out in the sea of shippers at a show and are easily located. The hasps are heavy duty and can of course be locked to protect your display.

    CalCo also offers international grade (non-wood) shipping containers. These can be sent to any international destination without worrying about getting caught up in a customs battle over the wood content and can help your delivery get there on time. These containers are made from fully tested, stronger than wood materials.

    In addition to shipping containers, Calco can also provide cases of every kind.  Give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858 or click here for our contact page and let us solve all your shipping container needs.

  • 2009: The Year in Review

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 admin No comments

    As is typical at the end of the year CalCo is reflecting on the past twelve months. There were some unique and creative product displays, cutaways, 3-D models and POP displays created this year.  A few of them are included below for your enjoyment:

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    And finally, some believe that 2009 was a year down the toilet, although that was not the case at CalCo we still spent some time with one….

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    CalCo looks forward to another interesting year!

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

  • CalCo’s New Brochure is Now Available

    Posted on December 31st, 2009 admin No comments

    Fresh for 2010 Calco has developed a new brochure showing all of the services offered and some examples of the quality craftmanship that is synonymous with the CalCo name.  CalCo has been offering quality tradeshow displays and cutaways for over 50 years, especially to industrial product manufacturers.   Now see some of the other services available such as 3-D models or prototypes, working models, special lighting, custom bases, corporate gifts, POP displays and other tradeshow or marketing products.  You can count on CalCo as a turn-key solution for your sales and marketing needs.

    The front and back cover of the new brochure are shown below, and the full PDF can be downloaded here. (right click and choose “Save As”)

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    To get a look inside our new brochure please send your information (name, company and address) to brochures@calcocutaways.com.  You will receive one in the mail right away so CalCo can help you start the year right with some new ideas to show your product in its best light because “Your Product is Our Profession”

    For more ideas visit our website at www.calcocutaways.com ,  click here for contact information or call 847/639-3858.