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10 ‘Must-Knows’: ISA Sign Expo Orlando

(February 2012) posted on Thu Feb 23, 2012

Ensuring your tradeshow success in Florida this spring.


By Britney Grimmelsman

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Need a good excuse to hit the fairways? The ISA/Southern States Sign Council Golf Tournament is a shotgun start tournament and will take place at the MetroWest Golf Club at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Registration fee is $125 and includes green fees, golf carts with GPS yardage system, unlimited practice ball, $10 merchandise voucher, and a boxed lunch.

6. Welcome to Orlando: Olympus Group
In September of 2011, Milwaukee-based custom graphic manufacturer Olympus Group (www.olympusgrp.com) spread its wings and flew from the brewing capital to the home of Disney with its opening of a second facility in Orlando. The company first opened its doors in 1893 and grew to become a leader in the custom printing and sewing industry, eventually specializing in grand-format digital prints and dye sublimation. The new facility features an EFI Vutek QS3220 UV hybrid printer, Zϋnd L3000C precision cutter, GBC 640T laminator, an automatic grommet machine, and much more.

“Florida represents about 25 percent of our current business and to help us better service our key customers we needed to have a local presence,” says Hayes Holzhaur, general manager for the Orlando facility. “This facility will allow us to reduce logistical costs and provide faster turn times to Florida, while being supported by our headquarters in Milwaukee.”

The company focuses on producing banners, backdrops, rigid signage, event graphics, and vehicle graphics. But while Olympus can print just about any standard graphics project, mascots are its real pride and joy. In fact, the shop has concepted, designed, and produced more than 14,000 mascot costumes. Its impressive client roster includes: McDonalds, Walt Disney World, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Kohls, GM, and many more.

To support its new second-home, Olympus invested more than $500,000 in new equipment and technology, and plans to hire 25 more employees over the next three years to sustain the growing market.

Plan on checking our Disney World, Universal Studios, or Sea World? If so, look for some of Olympus’s wide-format work on display.


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