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  • CalCo at 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 admin No comments

    The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which started 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has grown into the HVACR event of the year and is held in major cities across the U.S. The 2017 Show was in Las Vegas.

    2017 AHR Expo

    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brought together professionals in the HVACR industry.

    Hosting more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracting crowds of 60,000 industry professionals from every state in America and 150 countries worldwide, AHR Expo provided a unique forum designed expressly for the HVACR community, allowing professionals to get together to share new products, technologies and ideas. The AHR Expo was co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI and was held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

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    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo’s goal is to create unique models and products that grab the attention of your customers. We provide customized and eye-catching solutions to fit your individual needs so your product stands out at every exposition, conference and trade show you attend.

    Are you ready for your next show? Contact us for help with any of your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at

  • CalCo at Miami Boat Show

    Posted on February 15th, 2016 admin No comments

    Marking its 75th anniversary, the Miami Boat Show moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin to commemorate the milestone. The show attracts more than 100,000 visitors from around the world and with over 1,200 boats on land over 400 ships in the water, the show was a success! The area included a deep water basin to accommodate large boats and closed and open-air tented exhibit spaces for marine accessories, electronics, engine, nautical gifts and apparel and services. Some of the show’s sponsors included Progressive, SIMRAD, GMC, Geico and more.

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    Chris Craft with Yamaha engine

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    7 marine booth

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    GM marine booth

    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together exhibitors, partners and attendees in the boat industry.

    No matter what area of business you’re in, CalCo takes pride in making your product display at a trade show as striking as possible to attract the right customers to your booth. Is your display ready for the next trade show? Contact us for help with your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.

  • CalCo at National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville

    Posted on February 13th, 2016 admin No comments

    Held in the Kentucky Exposition Center with over 850 exhibitors, the National Farm Machinery show is the country’s largest indoor farm show. For 51 years, the show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Business professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show. The most innovative technology and new product launches are available to the agribusiness professionals as well as alternative energy information and solutions to the challenges facing today’s agribusiness industry. Some of the show’s sponsors include 360 Yield Center, AEM, Beck’s, CLAAS and more.

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    It was great to connect with CalCo’s current customers and form new partnerships in an event that brings together more than 28,000 agribusiness professionals in agriculture industry.

    No matter what industry you’re in, CalCo takes pride in making your product display at a trade show as striking as possible to attract the right customers to your booth. Is your next trade show around the corner? Contact us for help with your trade show needs by calling us at 847.639.3858.

  • 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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  • 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”.


  • Find Out How to “Ditch the Pitch” at CalCo’s Complimentary Webinar by Author Steve Yastrow

    Posted on April 5th, 2012 admin No comments

    The tradeshow floor is a busy, noisy place. How do you communicate your story to customers when there is so much to distract them?

    Eye-catching displays are an important part of your communication strategy. But you also need to engage your tradeshow customers in meaningful conversations, to help them understand your products and why they should want to do business with you. CalCo has been providing over 60 years of PROUD service to our customers. We pride ourselves on offering the best of the best when it comes to customer service, problem solving and cutting edge products and services and that is why we’re very excited to offer a unique webinar, produced exclusively for our clients.

    We would like to invite you to be our guests for a private complimentary webinar called Ditch the Pitch: Communicate Your Story in a Way Customers Can’t Forget, presented by Steve Yastrow, renowned author and close friend of CalCo. In the webinar, Steve will share ideas from his upcoming book, “Ditch the Pitch,” giving you and your sales team clear action-oriented steps to improve your results at tradeshows.

    You will learn how to

    • “Tear up your sales pitch”
    • Engage your customers in effective interactive sales conversations
    • Be more spontaneous and quick on your feet
    • Make your tradeshow conversations end with your customer looking forward to your next meeting

    Business guru Tom Peters said, “When Steve Yastrow writes, I pay close attention.” For more information on Steve Yastrow, have a look at, where you can find lots of free articles, and information on Steve’s first two books, “Brand Harmony” and “We: The Ideal Customer Relationship”.

    Steve’s Ditch the Pitch: Communicate Your Story in a Way Customers Can’t Forget webinar will be presented on the following two dates:

    – Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:30 am CST/11:30 am EST

    – Tuesday, August 21, 2012, time to be determined

    Please call CalCo at 847/639-3858 if you are interested in attending this exciting webinar.

  • You Can’t Mix Up a CalCo Cutaway

    Posted on October 18th, 2011 admin No comments

    There are many reasons why CalCo has been a leader in the cutaway business for decades and why so many clients keep coming back.  The most important  reasons are our knowledge, skill, and attention to detail which make a CalCo cutaway stand out above and beyond expectations.  Another reason is our ability to listen and work with clients to achieve the optimal and desired finished product.  Working with our clients to achieve the desired results is a cornerstone of our business and one of the main reasons that our clients return.  We use our extensive mechanical knowledge to show your product to its full advantage while telling the story that your marketing department wants to highlight.

    We were recently asked to create a cutaway of a mixer, seen below, that would be displayed at one of the biggest fluid handling trade shows in the country.  It was on display at the WEFTEC show in Los Angeles.

    The company conveyed to us how they wanted the mixer to look, including cut area and color scheme matching, we replicated those instructions and included this rail and T block support system which resembles the system used in the field. The company got exactly what they were looking for and we got another satisfied customer.

    At CalCo exceeding expectations is what we strive to do for all of our customers.  We want to give you the best display possible so that you and your product look good.  If you need help with a display please contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here for more contact information.  Find us on Facebook too.

  • Complete Your Project with a Professional Product Photography Shoot

    Posted on October 12th, 2011 admin No comments

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    Your product display is complete and it looks fabulous!  Now is the time to capture and commemorate the beauty of it.  CalCo offers a great way to do that through in-house photography sessions. Let us handle the details and coordination.  Before your product is shipped our professional photographer, with vast experience in product photography, can get the best angles to show  your product in its best light.  During a two hour shoot your product(s) is photographed from all sides with great lighting and different exposures, ensuring you have the magic shot. Images are delivered with a photo proof thumbnail sheet and CD-ROM with two brightness settings for each photo. Clipping path application option is available as well.

    These high resolution images can easily be utilized for any media such as:

    Product Spec Sheets
    Catalog Pages
    Wall or Show Booth Graphics
    . . .and More

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    We mean it when we say “Your Product is our Profession”.  So let us complete your project with a professional photography shoot which will celebrate and perpetuate your product.  You will be able to utilize your new display in more ways and more places to get the most from your expenditure.  Call CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here to get more information or pricing.  Visit us on Facebook too.

  • CalCo Can Help Create Training Programs and Training Aids For Your Company

    Posted on November 4th, 2010 admin No comments

    Dealer Programs

    Better Production through Proper Training

    Your organization may have the best people around but without proper training even the best people can be underutilized and less productive.

    CalCo offers several ways to train your personnel. One is through e-learning programs. The benefit of these on-line or DVD training sessions is that they are customized to your company and they ensure that all employees are taught the same information and procedures to increase knowledge across the board. Testing can be included to monitor retention and understanding.

    CalCo also offers hands-on training aids.  Some types include actual cutaways of your product showing functionality,  light-weight models which can be easily shipped or moved from one location to another, training boards, animation showing a process or product in action, displays or booths.   Most people respond to a hands-on approach and can get a better understanding of a product when they can look at it and explore it on their own. Training aids help to give a visual, tactile and more complete understanding of a product or process.

    If you need help with any kind of training aids contact CalCo to start a discussion.  Call 847-639-3858 or click here or on the envelope icon at the top right of the page for contact information.

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  • WEFTEC and CalCo in “THE BIG EASY”

    Posted on October 8th, 2010 admin No comments


    Every year a CalCo representative attends one of our favorite trade shows, WEFTEC!!    If the expo is held in Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, or the great welcoming city of New Orleans we, along with the displays we take pride in, will be there.   We enjoy visiting with long time clients at the show, like DeZurik, Global Pump, Gorman Rupp, Milton Roy, Pentair and Sulzer among others, to ensure that their products are being represented to the highest degree and to shake hands and meet new companies and people involved in the “water world.”   There is always an excitement about the ever developing industry of water handling and the ways to better serve clients and their needs and this year was no exception.    Both the exhibitors and the attendees exuded a feeling of extreme optimism that filled the room about what lies ahead in the near future and beyond.

    “…it’s great to see all these companies present and pressing through since last year…” –Greg, attendee from Texas

    “…every booth I stopped at, the people were very helpful and instructive in helping me make my purchasing decision easier…” –Janet, attendee from Minnesota

    “…I love visiting New Orleans!!” –everyone

    CalCo, and all of its employees, take great pleasure in being able to have our cutaways and other product displays presented at WEFTEC which visually helps our clients explain the uniqueness of their products to their potential clients.

    We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!!!  In the meantime click here for our contact page.