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  • CalCo at the IWBS Show in New Orleans

    Posted on December 7th, 2015 admin No comments

    The International WorkBoat Show (IWBS) is North America’s largest commercial marine trade show and conference held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The show brings thousands of maritime industry buyers and suppliers with the latest products and technologies in the commercial marine industry. With over 14,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors attending the show, IWBS is the top market for any business servicing the coastal, inland and offshore waters. Some of the show’s sponsors included Nautican, FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management, TIMCO, Travelers, SteyrMotors and more.


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    It was great seeing CalCo’s current and prospective clients display their latest solutions and technology in the commercial marine industry. No matter what industry you’re in, our goal at CalCo is to create a unique model that grabs the attention of your customers. We provide tailored solutions depending on individual needs so your product can shine at every trade show you attend.

    Are you ready for your next trade show? Contact us for help with your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.

  • Need an International Shipping Container to Meet Ever Changing Regulations?

    Posted on March 7th, 2012 admin No comments

    International shipping can be complicated due to various countries wood restrictions on incoming containers and constantly changing guidelines. At Calco, we offer two ways to ship your products internationally – heat treating and non-wooden containers.

    Exterior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Exterior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Interior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Interior Heat Treatable Wooden Shipping Container

    Non-Wooden Shipping Container

    Non-Wooden Shipping Container

    Some countries still allow wood shippers as long as the wood has been heat treated. In this case we offer steel framed wooden shippers that are durable and long lasting. We heat treat and stamp the shippers so they can meet requirements for countries with this restriction. Heat treating is a great short term international shipping solution but if you are looking for the long term we suggest a non-wooden container.

    Non-Wooden shipping containers are steel framed and can withstand the rigors of international shipping but they do not contain any wooden pieces so you can rest easy going through customs. These containers cost a bit more but are recommended if you are shipping to multiple countries or are looking for a long-term solution. Requirements change periodically so with non-wooden shipping containers you do not have to worry about the specific regulations of each country and if they are changing. If you need a shipping container to meet your international needs give CalCo a call at 847/639-3858.

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  • Trade Show Outlook for 2012

    Posted on February 7th, 2012 admin No comments

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    While the economy seems to be picking up and unemployment is on the decline there are still questions about the future of the economy and the outlook for 2012.  For many manufacturing companies there has been a decline in marketing budgets in recent years and the decision whether to invest in attending trade shows has been challenging. Some positive news is finally emerging though.

    Recently the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released their report on the “The Changing Environment of Exhibitions”.  One aspect of the report looked into executives opinions about the importance and benefits of exhibitions and their future.  The result summarized by CEIR Research Director Nancy Drapeau is that  “the overall findings from this study indicate that business-to-business exhibitions are an integral part of a company’s marketing mix today and will continue to be so in the near term.”

    Other findings indicate the most important factors when deciding to exhibit are:

    Quality of Attendees – 84%
    Favorable ROI – 54%
    Positive Past Performance – 50%

    While much information was gathered we think it speaks well to the 2012 trade shows that “99% of surveyed marketing executives identified a unique value of business-to-business exhibitions that is not provided by other marketing channels. The most popular value is the ‘ability to see a large number of prospects and customers over a short period of time,’ selected by 60 percent of executives.”  With this kind of endorsement hopefully the decision to travel to trade shows will be much easier in the future.

    If CalCo can help you with any aspect of your trade show display please call us at 847/639-3858 or contact us.