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Kaeser Compressors Opens New Midwest Facilities

Kaeser Compressors, Inc., manufacturer of industrial air compressors, blowers and related equipment, opened two new factory-direct facilities and are responsible for supporting Kaeser’s industrial and commercial customers in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Hilco Auctioning Wood Equipment After RTC Plant Closure

  SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - RTC Termoformas, S.A, a store fixture manufacturing plant, will be auctioned Sept. 6. RTC Termoformas is the Costa Rica production operation of RTC Inc., a global developer, designer and producer of retail displays and store fixtures based in Rolling Meadows, IL. RTC Inc. also has operations in China and the U.K. Clients include businesses such as Subway, Uggs, Columbia Sportswear, and Levis. The auction will see woodworking and support equipment sold along with other production assets of RTC Termoformas, S.A. Items available include CNC routers, tilting arbor saws, drum saws, finishing machines, edge sanders, circular sanders, lathes and stock feeders. Worldwide, RTC employs 900 retail strategists, researchers, designers, engineers, manufacturing employees, logistics managers, and technology specialists for retail rollouts. The main focus for RTC was to help grow sales by uncovering insights and translating them into experiences, environments, categories and displays that make the connection between products, people and retail space. RTC also owned Store Ready Solutions, BevTrac, Retail Technology Specialists and ProfitGuard. 

CNC Opens Door to Museum Wood Projects

Hamilton Scenic Specialty got its start in 2000, custom fabricating scenery and stage sets from wood and mixed materials, for Broadway-style theater, rock and roll road shows, and other segments of the entertainment industry. Hamilton Scenic Specialty handles CAD detailing, planning, construction, finishing, installation, follow-up, and long-term support for its projects, while working on fabrication in aluminum, steel, solid woods, plywoods, laminates, plastics, and veneers. The majority of its work is creating theatrical stage scenery. Clients include Disney Theatrical for the set of its North American tour of Mary Poppins; the Blue Man Group in Orlando; and Holland America cruise ship entertainment sets. But Hamilton Scenic Specialty has developed a new and growing niche: public art installations and museum theming throughout North America, all built and shipped from its Dundas, Ontario operation. As stage shows have become more elabrote, sets have becoming increasingly complex, with many more parts, and styles that emphasize unusual angles and shapes. Furniture for the sets is frequently custom designed and built, to match a particular perspective, work well with stage lighting and colors, etc. To produce these unique pieces efficiently, the decision was made in 2010 to add a CNC router.  Hamilton Scenic Specialty's nearby neighbor - AXYZ, Inc., in East Burlington - makes CNC routers, including the 4010 model.   Hamilton Scenic Specialty selected a model 4010 router that features an auto tool changer, specially engineered to achieve a quality look. It can handle high volume production, repeatability in part production and edge quality. Now Hamilton uses its CNC to cut all kinds of materials, from plywood templates, to furniture pieces, signage, stage sets, even welding jigs. “The machine has brought us work that we never would have had access to," says Mike Kukucska, president of Hamilton Scenic Speciality, who claims to have 15 new customers because of it. "It allows my crew to focus on quality and finishing touches as the machine works on tackling the quantity," says Kukucska. "We are shaving up to 50 percent off the fabrication time”