History & awards

History

Like any respectable entrepreneurial business, we were born in our founder’s garage. Thanks to Ed Kramer we’ve been integrating materials and technology in unique ways since 1971. It all started with a manufacturing contract for casework and flight technology for Boeing.

In the mid 80s we manufactured arcade cabinets, fulfilling orders and rolling out hundreds of fixtures a day for customers like Nintendo and Atari. These early relationships with consumer electronics brands sparked our shift towards retail experiences.

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The 90s saw us helping Eddie Bauer and Charlotte Russe install upwards of 500 store fixture packages at a time. Our production capacity increased, and so did our understanding of the role design would play in persuasive retail environments. So we invested in a design division and got involved in building retail spaces for malls and grocery stores with Carnival Cruise Lines, Costco, Jamba Juice and Millstone.

With the benefits of a design team in-house, the 2000s allowed us to diversify our customer base. We won a key contract for Alaska Airlines’ Airport of the Future, installing an improved check-in experience into all lower 48 U.S. airports. This program changed the airline industry for the better.

On a parallel path to our work with Alaska Airlines, we started a long-term collaboration with Kodak. We became an extension of their team, helping to inject new life into market launches and merchandising effectiveness at major retailers like Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples and Walmart.

Everything we’ve done over the years prepared us to work with the world’s leading brands, retailers and agencies. Our awards and recognition speak to our ambitions better than we can. But rest assured that whatever program you need, from the most simple store display to a complex, nationwide rollout, we’ll do whatever it takes to help you build a powerful retail experience.

Awards

Design of the Times Awards 2016
Silver Winner - Specialty Retailers
Fluke Interactive Display

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2015 - Bronze Winner
Personal Electronics & Software
Marshall Display at Best Buy

Design of the Times Awards 2014
Gold Winner - Consumer Electronics
Marshall End Cap, Zound Industries

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2014 - Bronze Winner
Club Store Retailer-Permanent
Swann Premium Display

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2014 - Bronze Winner
Entertainment-Permanent
Marshall End Cap at Best Buy

Design of the Times Awards 2013
Bronze Winner - Specialty Retailers
Case-Mate Retail Program

A.R.E. 2013 Above & Beyond Award
Finalist
Jamba Juice, Outstanding job for designing and building new retail store concept

Outstanding Merchandising Achievement Awards
2013 - Gold Winner
Specialty Retailer Category, Permanent Division
Case-Mate Retail Program

Outstanding Merchandising Achievement Awards
2012 - Silver Winner
Permanent Electronic Interactive Solutions
Kodak Interactive Display for Best Buy

 

A.R.E. 2012 Retail Design Award
Outstanding Merit – Specialty Food Retailer
Starbucks Coffee, Portland Brewery Blocks, Portland, OR

A.R.E. 2012 Retail Design Award
Wall Treatment Award – Individual Element
Starbucks Coffee, Portland Brewery Blocks, Portland, OR

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2011 - Silver Winner
Electronic Interactive - Permanent
Kodak Interactive Display for Best Buy

Design of the Times Awards 2010
Gold Winner - Overall Category
Consumer Electronics & Entertainment
Kodak Interactive End Cap for Staples

Design of the Times Awards 2010
Platinum Winner - Overall Category
Consumer Electronics & Entertainment
Kodak Interactive End Cap for Staples

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2010 - Silver Winner
Electronic Interactive and Technology
Kodak Staples End cap

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2009 - Bronze Winner
Electronic Interactive and Technology
Kodak Easy Share Sears End cap

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2008 - Bronze Winner
Electronic Interactive and Technology
Kodak Easy Share 5300 All-In-One Printer End Cap for Office Depot

 

Outstanding Marketing at Retail Awards
2008 - Bronze Winner
Limited Production Run
Kodak Digital Picture Frame Wall for Walmart

Design of the Times Awards 2008
Bronze Winner - Permanent Counter Display, Specialty Shops/Services
Fluke Networks, Micro-scanner Display

Design of the Times Awards 2008
Gold Winner - End Caps & Power Wings
Consumer Electronics & Entertainment
Kodak Easy Share 5300 All-In-One Printer End Cap for Office Depot

Design of the Times Awards 2008
Platinum Winner - Overall Category
Consumer Electronics & Entertainment
Kodak Easy Share 5300 All-In-One Printer End Cap for Office Depot

A.R.E. 2006 Retail Design Award
Outstanding Merit – Hard line Specialty Store 3,001-25,000 Sq. Ft.
Nintendo World, Rockefeller Center, New York

2005 ISP/VM+SD Inter. Store Design Competition
First Place, Store of the Year
Nintendo World, Rockefeller Center, New York

A.R.E. 2003 Retail Design Award
Special Merit-Outstanding Store Fixture
Kodak personalized photo gifts wall section

A.R.E. 2002 Retail Design Award
Grand Prize for E-tailing/Interactive Kiosks
Carnival Vacation Store