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Round Trip Bins for Stagehands

We pack better


We’ve recently upgraded our round-trip bins for our rental Stagehands and we’re so jazzed about how they came out that we’re offering them as a new product. If you need a better solution for storing your Stagehands between shows, then these might be just what you’ve been looking for. The bin is heavy-duty black plastic, and measures 28″ x 21″ x 16″ high. The bin includes a 2-part high-density foam insert that is custom die-cut to perfectly cradle your Stagehands during those lonely weeks in storage. We’re selling these round trip bins for $125 plus shipping. If you’d like to get some for your controllers, just drop me a line at sales@creativeconners.com.  

Round Trip Bins for Stagehands
Round Trip Bins for Stagehands
Round Trip Bins for Stagehands
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New staff at Creative Conners

Two New Additions

This week we welcomed two new additions to the staff here at Creative Conners, Jon Haupt and Kody Green. Jon is a graduatre student at UConn (and a student of Gareth’s automation class last semester) and Kody is an undergrad at Webster University and will be a senior next semester. We have always been very busy during the summer and it will be great to have the extra help. Unfortunately, Jon and Kody will only be with us for the summer before heading back to school, but the extra sets of hands will be a welcome addition for a few months.
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It’s ETL Official 


Last week we finalized the process for ETL certification and soon our control equipment will carry official ETL labels. ETL is a nationally recognized testing lab, much like UL, and their listing is proof of product compliance to North American safety standards.


What It Means


By having ETL certification, CCI is now authorized to make listed industrial control panels, which is helpful when the equipment is being inspected by local electrical inspectors. As an interesting side note, we did not have to make any electrical changes to any of our products to pass the inspection, which is a nice validation of the high quality work we do here.
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We love our deck sheaves, and we hear that lots of other people love them too. They’re quiet, thin and designed specifically for theatrical applications. Playwrights Horizons liked theirs so much they asked us to build some spot blocks with the same features. So we designed and fabricated (and even painted!) four new models of pulleys and we were so happy with the result that we are adding them to the product line. Now that Royal has joined the shop as Product Engineer, we have streamlined the design for mass production and we are working with Clark-Reder Engineering to obtain an official load-rating.  We will start selling the new Spot Block models in October.

Our new Spot Block product line uses a 2” Mega-Coupler for attachment to 1.5” pipe or 2” truss tube. We are making both singles- and double-sheave versions with either 3.5” or 5” diameter sheaves. The cost for the 3.5” size will be $235 for the single sheave and $390 for the double. The 5” diameter blocks will cost $265 for the single and $450 for the double.

The shop, the staff, and the product line are all expanding at CCI. We have more new products in the pipeline and we’ll share a sneak peek as soon as we can.

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to do a better job marketing our products. Five and a half years ago I was much more aggressive about sending out brochures and postcards regularly. Of course, back then we weren’t really making any sales so I had plenty of time on my hands to focus  on marketing.

Those efforts slowed to a trickle as production demands grew. Last year we sent out a  single mailing in January and then nothing else.  I think it’s dangerous to get complacent about growing our customer base.

As an experiment, we are going  to send out a direct mailing once a month for the entire year  and track the resulting interest and sales to determine how much our marketing efforts are worth. To liven up the experience, we’re rolling out 3  promotions during the course of  the year that will  be announced on postcards and  on  our site. So get ready, it’s going to be a fun year!

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