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Aug 25, 2008

Back from Beijing

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It is hard to believe four weeks have past so quickly, but for Francisco Flores, Production Manager at Photomation, it has been a wonderful month of memories. Working his seventh Olympics for Eastman Kodak Company, Francisco was in charge of running the Main Press Center. Registering over 1400 press photographers prior to the start of the games was a hectic time for him and his local staff.

“I always enjoy the new challenges each venue provides us. The language barriers, the new staff of local volunteers, and the local culture all affect how we do our job. My role is to make all of that seem seamless to the photographers that have gathered from all over the world to photograph this historical event.”

It is not all work and no play for the people who have left their work and family half-way around the world. Francisco was also able to get to the Great Wall, the Ming Tomb and other historical sights around Beijing. He also was able to attend different Olympic events when he was not working at the Main Press Center.

Welcome home! We are glad to have you back!!

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Aug 18, 2008

Modern Day Michelangelo

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If Michelangelo were alive today, how would he put graphics on a domed ceiling? For our client, Montanio Design, we installed graphics in a CAT Scan room at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier to add calmness and tranquility for the patients going through the procedure.

Using a self-adhesive vinyl, our installers, acting as a modern day Michelangelo, applied the material over the concave ceiling. Matching seams on such a surface can be tricky, but they got it done!

The client was thrilled with the result. The result was a beautiful piece of art that would have made Michelangelo proud.

Aug 11, 2008

Brand New Branding

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Our client, Vought Aircraft Industries, wanted to brand their fleet of semi-truck trailers. Initially they were going to just paint the trailers, but the idea of wrapping the sides of the trailers with the company’s logo and graphics, along with their tagline, “Another 747 Product Delivery!” appealed greatly to the staff at Vought.

Working with their Photomation Account Executive Ralph Love, our artists took their supplied logo and artwork and put it in a layout for the different length trailers. Ranging in size from 27’ to 53’, our vehicle graphics experts created “wallpaper” that was applied to both sides of each trailer.

Installation of the first two trailers took place over two days. The graphics have actually exceeded their expectations. The client loved the work so much they have requested four additional trailers to be wrapped. Our graphics have taken 30 year old trailers and made them look brand new.

Aug 4, 2008

Can You Bail Me Out?

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“I know I should have dealt with you. I guess I learned the hard way. Can you bail me out?” That was the e-mail Photomation’s President, Matt Hesketh received at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning. The problem was that over the weekend, our client’s original vendor told them they were unable to complete the job when it needed to be done. That’s when we got the call for help.

This unusual project had some unusual circumstances. We were asked to wrap a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine for the new Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California, the new home of the Ontario Reign Hockey Club, an ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. This particular machine was going to be the 9,000th one made by the Frank J. Zamboni Company. In addition, it was going to be on display at the International Association of Arena Management that opened on Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. Both companies, Zamboni and CBB Arena, wanted to get a bump in publicity by having the machine in the Zamboni booth at the trade show.

By Monday afternoon, we had the artwork for the wrap. The graphics were put into a template and color tested by Tuesday. On Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., we began installation on the ice resurfacing machine at the Zamboni factory located just a few miles away from us. The installation was finished the same day and on Friday the machine was photographed then loaded onto a truck to take to the Convention Center.

“You are a lifesaver!! The Zamboni looks GREAT!!”, says Chris Berg, Director of Operations at CBB Arena. “Thank you for coming through on this. I think it looks great!”, says Justin Kemp, Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Ontario Reign. We, too, are pleased with the results. We are proud to be part of history. We are happy we could bail them out.


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