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Archive for July, 2009

Magellan Miracle Portable Hybrid Display — Setup Animation Video (Very, Very Cool!)

July 6th, 2009 COMMENTS

This enjoyable and informative video shows the assembly of the 20 ft. Magellan Miracle VK-2093 Portable Hybrid Display with (2) workstations, (2) monitor mounts, (5) 50 watt halogen lights,and tension fabric graphics.  Every Miracle Hybrid Display, including the 10 ft VK-1062 thru the VK-1065 and the 20 ft. VK-2091 thru the VK-2094 assembles with knobs and MODUL locks.



Magellan MOR Portable Hybrid Display — Setup Animation Video (Very Cool!)

July 5th, 2009 COMMENTS

Another excellent animation by Mike Swartout, the Classic Exhibits Design Director, for the Magellan MOR Portable Hybrid Display. The animation video shows the Magellan MOR VK-1076 with curve wings, two 50 watt halogen lights, and a large tension fabric graphic. All the MOR designs, from the 10 ft. VK-1077 and VK-1078 to the 20 ft. VK-2098 and VK-2100, assemble with attached knobs and MODUL hex key locks.



Perfect 10 Portable Hybrid Display — Setup Animation for Trade Show Exhibit (Cool!)

July 4th, 2009 COMMENTS

Excellent animation by Mike Swartout, the Classic Design Director, for the Perfect 10 Portable Hybrid Display. The animation video shows the P10 Helio (VK-1507) with inline wings, hard rock maple laminate, and a rectangle header. The background jazz music is the perfect compliment to this video.



Word on the Street — June 29th thru July 3rd

July 3rd, 2009 COMMENTS

Word on the Street by Kevin Carty

Rumors on the Street

Since this was a short week and many of the people I call on or chat with were on vacation, I opted to write about something a little bit different: Rumors on the Street.

There is a bit of an inside joke with this week’s blog.

Many who know me and or who have known Classic for some time know that Classic’s closest vendor partner is Optima Graphics in St. Louis. Optima provides all the tension fabric graphics for the Magellan Displays, Perfect 10 Displays, Visionary Designs Displays, Aero Table Top Displays and Aero Overhead Structures. This had led to the most asked question and assumed rumor over the past 18 months.

Does Optima and/or Jim Hoffmann own Classic Exhibits? If I told you I field this question once a week, I would be lying. Some weeks, I get that question (or a related comment) up to three times a week. Mr. Hoffmann tells me he gets the same question all the time.

Do you ever wonder where industry rumors and assumptions like this come from? I do. Most are harmless and can even be funny.

In doing my “research” for this blog, I went straight to the source, Jim Hoffmann. Here is how the conversation went . . .

Kevin — “So big bossman . . . I mean Mr. Hoffmann, do you own Classic? You know the same Classic Exhibits where I have worked for 15 years?”

Mr. Hoffman — “I get that question a lot Kev. My answer is simple. In my dreams!  🙂 Now get back to work, I am not paying you to goof off!”

In all seriousness, Classic Exhibits is not owned by Jim Hoffmann or Optima Graphics. We are, however, very close Vendor Partners that share a lot of common customers in the trade show exhibit industry.

So, how about you? Have you heard any good juicy industry rumors that you would like to share? Have you been the subject of any tantalizing rumors recently?

Have a great 4th of July Weekend with your families.

Talk to you next week.

Be Well!

–Kevin Carty