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2017 Michael Merritt Awards

Posted by Flyhouse on May 16, 2017 1:32:27 PM

Theater and film is a collaborative effort. While the actors of a performance are front and center for an audience, behind the scenes is where a performance is born. 

The Merritt Awards for Excellence in Design and Collaboration held on May 15 proved this to be true. The Merrit Awards, a national award unique in its emphasis on excellence in both design and collaboration, is presented annually to professional theatrical designers in the categories of scenic, costume, lighting, sound, and other media designs. 

In being part of this collaborative effort of a community we are passionate about, Flyhouse sponsored two of the awards presented during the evening: The Emerging Technical Collaborator Award and The Robert Christen Award.

Congratulations to CoCo Ree Lemery for receiving the Emerging Technical Collaborator Award and Narda E. Alcorn for receiving The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration. 

Merritt Awards 2017

Topics: Flyhouse Team

Next Stop: Detroit

Posted by Flyhouse on May 12, 2017 9:14:14 AM

The Motor City. Birthplace of Motown. Home to the only floating Post Office in the U.S. Call it what you want, but Flyhouse is setting up shop for a few months in Detroit for a new arena project.

The Little Caesar’s Arena, scheduled to open September 2017, will serve as the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and other entertainment events.

By the time the puck drops for the Red Wings, Flyhouse will have installed over 100,000 square feet of horizontal and vertical acoustical lapendary panels along with the upper masking, half-house, and blackout curtains for the entire arena.

Make sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to see updates on all Flyhouse projects happening.  

Little Caesars Arena

(Photo Credit: Olympia Entertainment)

Topics: Acoustical Baffles, Acoustical Curtains, Flyhouse Projects, Arenas

Using Bowline Knots

Posted by Flyhouse on May 1, 2017 9:17:03 AM

Over the years there has been a discussion among riggers on whether using an inside or an outside bowline is better for the job. We decided it was time to take the question to our shop to get an answer. So what was the result? Find out in our first Flyhouse Films video.

 

 

Topics: Training Video

[PHOTO] Genie Lift Training in Seattle

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 25, 2017 3:25:21 PM

Genie Lift Training Seattle

Topics: Photos, Training

[Q + A] In Sight Sign Company

Posted by Flyhouse on Apr 19, 2017 4:38:10 PM

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In Sight Sign Company has been part of the sign and vehicle wrapping industry for years. It's no surprise our businesses have crossed paths and a solid working relationship was formed on the basis of one local business helping the other. We had the opportunity to talk with company owner Chris Zwirn about the sign industry.

Why did you choose Chicago as a home for the company?
Chris: I was born and raised in Chicago. I love this city and would not leave it…short of moving to a small tropical island.

Part of the relationship you have with Flyhouse is an old-school business mentality of bartering services, explain why this works.
Chris: I always try to help others out where we can. Whether it’s discounts for smaller startups or lending a hand here and there, it seems to come back full circle. I’m not sure I would call it bartering rather than helping a friend where we can.

 

"...or lending a hand here and there, it seems to come back full circle."

 

Being in the business you are in, it’s easily understood you have received some interesting requests. Is there any that stand out?
Chris: We have wrapped everything from toilet seats to shuttle buses. We wrapped the beer silo for Cobra Lounge and Flyhouse helped tremendously by providing a lift for us to use. It allowed my guys to go up 30-40 ft. It was a fun one that went off flawlessly considering the difficulty level of the install.

What has changed for a sign company likes yours over the last decade?
Chris: I started with a 24” vinyl cutter. Now we have two 64” latex printers, a 64” eco-solvent printer/cutter, and a 104” wide format banner printer. The sign business went from sign painter to vinyl cutter, and now we are at the wide format printing stage. Oddly enough, sign painting is having a nice resurgence for the few guys that stuck it out and survived the technology revolution.


What is the best success story from a business that used your services? 
Chris: Hands down, New City Moving. Brian [owner] originally came to us with three trucks to wrap. As of last week, we wrapped truck number 65 for him; not counting his vans, pickups, and smart cars. He’s about to have a grand opening for a new hub and is opening a warehouse for storage in Northbrook. He’s always had high praises for the wraps because he tracks where his leads come from and overwhelming it comes from people seeing their trucks on the street.

You post almost daily on Instagram. What type of posts do you find get the most attention?
Chris: Wrapped Corvettes and my cats.


In Sight Sign Company Building

Chris Zwirn (Owner) - In Sight Sign Company 
In Sight Sign Company specializes in creative, high-quality and affordable business signage solutions for customers of all types and in all industries. We dedicate ourselves to a responsive customer-first approach in all of our services, and guarantee that we will exceed your expectations every single time with the signs that we produce for you. In Sight Sign Company is your source for vinyl signs, banners and car wraps in Chicago.

Topics: Q+A, Flyhouse Projects