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  • CalCo at 2016 SEMA/AAPEX Show in Las Vegas

    Posted on November 10th, 2016 admin No comments

    The SEMA/AAPEX show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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


    The 2016 SEMA/AAPEX Show drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays were segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA/AAPEX Show provided attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

    Manufacturers, suppliers and buyers from all over the world attended the show that showcases innovative automotive products, services and technologies. Some of SEMA/AAPEX’s sponsors included Motorcraft, Spectra Premium, MEV TECH, ZF and AC Delco.

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

    When is your next show? Contact us for help with your trade show cutaway needs by calling us at 847.639.3858 or emailing us at

  • Why choose CalCo to design and create your custom cutaway?

    Posted on March 7th, 2016 admin No comments

    CalCo began creating cutaways and displays in the 1950s and has over 60 years of experience helping hundreds of leading manufacturers expose the internal components of their products in the most professional, presentable and unique manner available.

    CalCo has the ability to cut virtually any material of any thickness. We also finish each product with the highest quality of paint, plating and more to make your product look its best. We work closely with several case makers who provide a variety of customized solutions to protect, carry and display your product.

    We create custom cutaways for all kinds of events including trade shows, exhibits, trainings and sales calls. We have a plethora of product upgrades and options available including 3D printing for scale models, lighting, animation and electronic media, custom stands and bases, custom-built cases, permanent shipping containers, professional photography, custom signage, brochures and other advertising materials, awards and corporate gifts, and plating options. We often get involved in the design and development process of cutaway projects and are open to specific instructions or open designs.

    We not only have a variety of options available to showcase your cutaway in its best light, but we also guarantee on-time delivery. Typical turnaround time is four to six weeks for a medium size cutaway. Whenever physically possible, we will adjust our schedule to meet yours.

    CalCo is innovative, reliable, capable and knowledgeable in all kinds of cutaways so contact us today for any cutaway needs you may have. Our mission and goal is to not only provide great customer service, but exceed our clients’ expectations with the unique and quality products we provide them.

  • CalCo Offers Cases and Containers for All Purposes

    Posted on September 14th, 2011 admin No comments
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    Custom Case with Signage

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    Drawbridge Shipping Container


    International Non-Wooden Container

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    Custom Case with Logo


    Heavy-Duty Rolling Case


    Case with Wheel and Handle Options

    Now that your product looks great and is ready for the trade show or sales call you need a reliable and safe way to get it there. CalCo has the customized answer.  We create containers based on your specific needs. With every size, shape and material available we can create a case to fit your product based on weight, size and usage. For trade show displays we custom build permanent shipping containers with angle iron frames, wooden sides and felt hold downs to protect your product during shipping.  Drawbridge styles are available for larger wheeled products.  Since they are custom designed, storage compartments can be added for collateral materials or multiple units can be shipped in one container.   For overseas shipping we offer international non-wooden shipping containers or we can heat treat and certify a wooden shipping container.

    If you need a smaller, lightweight container for a salesperson to transport then wheel and handle options are available. Our cases have custom high density foam to protect your product from damage. We offer standard Pelican, ABA style cases or custom made cases for your product.  Signage and sales materials can be incorporated into the design of the case and logos can be added to the exterior to prevent loss or theft.

    If you need to protect your display give us a call to discuss your options.  We think your product deserves special attention and custom protection from CalCo.  For a further discussion of case options access this article:

    Call us at 847/639-3858 or click here for more contact information.

  • Subsea Oil Bundle Displays: Exploring New Options

    Posted on April 26th, 2011 admin No comments

    Since the beginning, people have always been fascinated by exploring. Finding new places, discovering new information through unique ideas, and embracing the entire journey to which we reach our goals and expectations is why we keep seeking. And two of the most essential elements of accomplishing these feats is first equipping ourselves with the proper tools; and second, convincing others that the task at hand is obtainable.

    These ideas come to mind because a major issue that we are dealing with throughout the world right now is oil, its discovery and the many technologies existent and emerging for acquiring it. Over the past several months CalCo has received many requests to dissect oil equipment, mainly the subsea tubing used to extract oil from depths of the oceans that are hard to even fathom. This brings us to the two points we mentioned earlier:

    Tools As you can see from the pictures below we have cutaway this tubing to show the intricate hoses and materials with which they are made. There are many different styles which serve different functions. Companies are persistently trying to find the most effective and, most importantly, safest ways to provide consumers with petroleum.

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    Innovation and Technique Once the tools have been established there is the need to show others that, in this case, the product is effective and separates itself from others in the same field.  With these tools cut away you can easily describe the functionality and superior edge over the competition and show that in the end they will be the reason the job will get done right!

    Like many before and after us, CalCo looks forward to any task that is put in front of us.  So whatever the job may be, CalCo will find a creative and effective way for you to demonstrate your objective to help us all move forward.  If you are interested in creating a unique product display call CalCo at 847-638-3858 or click here.

    For more information on the latest products in off-shore technology visit the OTC Shows website at

  • Signs of Economic Recovery -What should you do to get ready?

    Posted on November 9th, 2009 admin No comments


    Now that the rays of a recovering economy are starting to shine on many industries, the time is right to get ahead of your peers and grab the lion’s share of the upcoming new business.

    This means getting in front of them with your best and latest development along with a compelling offer or story. When telling your story, you need to present the information in an easy to comprehend manner in order to make a favorable and memorable first impression.

    Many times industrial product sales require in person interaction or a trade show environment to engage the audience and to tell the full story. Both of these venues are expensive and time consuming so it is imperative that you have everything you need in advance to make your presentation meaningful.

    When it comes to product presentations that are expertly crafted, CalCo can be trusted to convey the desired message for your product in the most professional manner. Whether a simple cutaway will suffice to show a hidden feature, or an interactive digital presentation is more suited to this end, CalCo has the tools to quickly and efficiently create a winning product exhibit.

    Some of the most popular services by request are:

    Product cutaways and painted displays
    Motorized or hand actuation products
    Passageway and part colorization
    Internal and external lighting effects
    3D animation and interactive online presentations
    Full color scale modeling and prototyping
    Plus YOUR IDEAS for the ultimate presentation

    The past is behind us, and now is the time to move ahead and get that new market share before your competition does. Take advantage of the enhanced outsourcing capabilities available at CalCo to move with your best foot forward.

    As we begin this upturn, get started while your competition is still recovering and build your sales and marketing program to take advantage of the many opportunities on the horizon. Get your customers, and the industry as a whole, excited about your new offerings with some innovative marketing displays or presentations for your next tradeshow or sales call.

    For more information or to contact CalCo call 847/639-3858 or click here for contact information.

  • Finish Types and Options for Industrial Products

    Posted on October 27th, 2009 admin No comments

    Let CalCo Finish Your Product


    Sometimes pumps, valves, engines, bearings or other industrial equipment don’t start off as beautiful show pieces. With CalCo’s help that can all change. Imagine your product as a colorful, shining display pulling in potential buyers and selling itself. That is what a good display or cutaway can do. Your product looks exciting, new and its true function can be seen and admired.


    Let CalCo take your product from plain to dazzling with the following options:

    Our Standard Show Finish is durable, very attractive high gloss finish.  All parts are disassembled and prepped for finish and our standard paint finish is administered over an etching primer.  Cost-effective plating options are available for metal fasteners and key components .  Many additional options are available including clear coat finish as well as minor grinding and smoothing of casting seams and imperfections.

    Our Euro-Deluxe Finish is used primarily for trade shows, product introductions and corporate lobby installations. All surfaces are ground and smoothed to remove imperfections from casting or welding. These surfaces are then prepped repetitively with several stages of filler and hand sanding. Finally, the display is finished with multiple automotive paint steps and a clear coat finish. Metal fasteners are carefully polished by hand then chrome plated and polished again to a mirror finish.

    Training Finish surfaces are prepped and painted but not treated to remove casting imperfections. The finish is attractive yet durable and is easy to maintain. For displays that are needed for working models, we may recommend electro less nickel-plating to enhance component movement.

    In addition to having the surfaces of your product ground and painted CalCo can take the hardware on your product and make it shine too with a number of plating options:

    Anodizing is an attractive way to prepare aluminum and is available in a variety of colors.

    Electro-less Nickel is durable, minimal-build plating that covers evenly with very good lubricity and hardness.

    Metal plating – Copper, nickel, gold and industrial hard plating are also available.

    Chrome plating is available in bright, polished or satin finishes and can be applied to any metal.

    Black Oxide for steel or iron parts is used when a blue/black matte finish is desired.

    Once your product looks great it can be mounted on a standard aluminum base or a custom base can be created.  We make custom shipping containers to protect your product in transit too.

    Contact CalCo at 847/639-3858 or click here if you would like to discuss your product and learn how CalCo can help show your product in it’s best light.

  • CalCo Cutaways, Generations of Dependable Innovation

    Posted on April 17th, 2009 admin No comments


    Around the time New York City was introducing their brand new, 3-color traffic lights, James Calhoun was founding a new business named CalCo, which would produce cutaways for product manufacturers in order to help them show off the many advantages to using their products.

    Little did he know that his small business would grow into the most accomplished and experienced cutaway company in America, possibly even the world.

    Even Jim himself couldn’t have foreseen the wide variety of offerings his company would eventually have to present to its customers, such as laser cut lighted display pedestals, 3D animation, custom training equipment, POP displays and much, much more.

    In fact, CalCo’s unrelenting attention to detail and quality as well as their ability to create customized solutions on the spot is about all that hasn’t changed since 1953.

    CalCo’s excellent reputation and insight into the needs of their clients will go a long way towards making the next half century of business just as revolutionary as the first.

    To contact CalCo click here or call 847/639-3858.  Your Product is Our Profession.

  • 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.