Happy birthday to us! It was 9 years ago today that Gareth officially incorporated Creative Conners, and this past year has been one of the most exciting. Here’s a short recap:
Simply put, year 9 was the biggest year the company has ever had. Our sales were up thanks to a lot of new customers like All Access, Tom Carroll Scenery, Proof Productions, Cleveland Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, Zach Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Cigar Box Studios, Tuacahn Ampitheatre, New Theatre Restaurant, Valencia College, Brandeis University, Axxis Inc and many others, not to mention all of our returning customers who have been growing their automation inventories while we’ve been growing the company.
Last year I told you about our move in 2011 to a new shop, which was a big step for the company. Not to be outdone, in 2012 we moved again, to a bigger shop a couple of doors down in the same building. With more space, we got more tools, more fabrication capability and a fantastic office. And now we have all the room we need for the growth we’re projecting for the next 5 years.
Last August we added our 4th employee, Tom Battista, who can take credit for actually making most of the gear that we send out. And last month, we added another two fabricators to our staff for the summer, Jon and Kody.
CCI exhibited at LDI in Las Vegas last fall, and Gareth and I got a chance to talk about our products with all the people that came by our booth, and we’re excited to be exhibiting at USITT in 2014.
Most importantly, we continue to introduce new products and improve the ones we have. This spring we announced our Spotline hoist for vertical lifting and the Trickline actuator for linear movement. We also released Spikemark 3, a major update to our cueing software. On the horizon is a revamp of the Stagehand and Showstopper product lines, which we’ll be talking a lot more about in the coming months.
On a slightly more personal note, Gareth and I both added dogs to our families. Gareth welcomed a rescue-dog into the Conner household who was renamed Sprocket, and the Donahues got a cock-a-poo puppy who we named Archie, because nobody liked my choice of Mr. Waffles.
We’re looking forward to our 10th year in business, and we want to thank everyone who has helped us get here by putting their trust and their resources into our products, our company and our people. Thanks for coming along for the ride!